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  • Fun Facts: Barn Owls

    Barn Owls do not hoot like other owls—they screech. Barn Owls have super sensitive hearing—they can hear better than most people! Barn Owl’s feathers help them fly silently through the sky. Barn Owls are carnivorous bir...

  • Charitable Gift Annuities

    Your fixed income stream. Your land legacy. You want to give… and want to make sure you’re financially stable throughout your retirement years. Many people accomplsih this through Charitable Gift Annuities. Your sizea...

  • Restoration Horizons

    One of the greatest threats to California’s unique native landscapes is infestation from non-native invasive plants, often referred to as weeds. These weeds, such as highly flammable non-native grass-es, put our neighborhoo...

  • Farewell Nancy

    “Although I have worked as a volunteer for other organizations in the San Diego area, this has been by far my favorite,” said Nancy Samp, an Interpretive Center Docent for the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. Since the ...

  • Escape The Classroom

    Now, more than ever, we can all appreciate the importance of an escape. We frequently encounter students who struggle to learn in a traditional classroom setting, but thrive in the unique setting of an outdoor classroom. And ...

  • CalSOL: California Statewide Outdoor Learning

    Students who participate in outdoor education perform better in school and on standardized tests in math, English, science, and social studies. Some states have begun recognizing this: in 2016 Oregon passed Measure 99 to fund...

  • Nature: Where Art Meets Science

    The ceanothus were putting on a show of vibrant purple hues, creativity was flowing from school children, and no one was worried about standing fewer than 6 feet apart. March 5th was one of our last field trips—and it was o...

  • Fire Prevention Project Awarded Funding

    One of the greatest threats to California’s unique native landscapes is infestation from non-native invasive plants, often referred to as weeds. These weeds, such as highly flammable non-native grasses, put our neighborhood...

  • At-Home Education Resources

    With schools closed due to the current health crisis, we know lots of parents are looking for educational activities for their children.  We’re here to help! Please take advantage of these free, standards-aligned activ...

  • Urban Forest Bathing

    After the shelter-in-place order first went into effect, it was encouraged to get outside and walk as long as people kept social distancing measures of more than 6 feet. Since everything else was closed, huge crowds flooded l...

  • Adaptations

    We talk a lot about adaptations in our education programs. From adaptations in feathers to adaptations of our drought-tolerant plants. Like most of you, we are now the ones adapting to changes in our environment by working re...

  • Conservancy Preserves Closed Until Further Notice

    You play a crucial part in preserving and protecting local natural areas. Sadly, recent visits to parks and beaches by large groups of visitors not following social distancing requirements have overwhelmed the capacity of the...

  • Community Support

    Special Store Hours for Elderly and Disabled Many local grocery stores have announced priority shopping hours for seniors 65 and older, while others are including pregnant women and people with disabilities. Please check stor...

  • March Mythbusters

    MYTH: Killing coyotes helps reduce their population.   Incorrect. In reality, coyotes are able to offset population loss through a variety of adaptations. When someone kills one or both members of an alpha pair (which ar...

  • No Trout Left Behind

    Rainbow trout that Escondido students have raised in their classroom through a hands-on program supported by the Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) were released this month—though not all were released according to p...