The Escondido Creek Conservancy


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Escondido Creek Conservancy News

The Conservancy Fights Back Against Litter and Vandalism


Our tribute to a more beautiful Escondido has fallen victim to litter and vandalism in recent weeks. Plaza Del Arroyo is located in downtown Escondido, just across the way from Grape Day Park. This pocket park has been recognized by the Escondido Chamber of Commerce with the "The Jack Raymond Civic Engagement Leadership Award" and was recently transformed to include an urban butterfly garden thanks to a grant ...

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Illegal Trail Cuts Through Gnatcatcher Habitat


On January 22nd, our Land Conservation Manager, Hannah Walchak, made an unsettling discovery during a regular site visit on one of our north county reserves. An illegal trail had been created through over a mile of essential wildlife habitat. This reserve is home to a diverse group of plant communities including, oak woodlands, southern mixed chaparral, and coastal sage scrub. Many different species of wildlife thrive in this ...

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Can a first grader make a difference?


Can a first grader make a difference in our environment? That was the question that San Marcos Elementary North County first graders investigated under the direction of science teacher Shelley Glenn Lee as part of the Conservancy's Project Based Learning Program. Several years ago, after completing an inquiry-based study, they concluded that providing safer homes for nesting birds would help protect our bird population. With the help of High Tech High ninth graders and Conservancy ...

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Trout! Trout! Let Them All Out!


These are the things our schools are learning about. This Fall, High Tech North County students took their annual trip to Miramar Lake to release their young trout. "To enjoy its new environment, to take in all the greatness in the lake, to make new friends, I wish for this fish to live a life to its fullest," one student wished before she let her fish go.   Steelhead trout were once abundant in southern California, but ...

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First Peoples Exhibit Event


Basket Weaving and Nature Walk The Escondido Creek Conservancy has dedicated itself to preserving land for our native wildlife but we also recognize the importance of preserving culture and language. In September, the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center transformed into a tribute to the First Peoples in our watershed, which highlighted some of the lifestyles and customs of indigenous peoples of the region — and also provided a glimpse into their modern ways of life. In honor ...

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Think Globally. Act Locally.


R. Roger Rowe plants pollinator garden on campus On Tuesday, November 28th, 100 fourth grade students from R. Roger Rowe School got their hands dirty by planting native California pollinator plants throughout their campus, bringing more life and color to their school days while providing food and resting areas for butterflies and other vital pollinators. “As the Science Lab Teacher for K-4th, I am very excited that my students were able to take part in planting the ...

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Conservation Fellows


The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) has begun a program of conservation fellowships to engage underserved youth in the outdoors and introduce them to potential conservation careers. Most immediately, fellows will participate in a project to redesign the Escondido Creek concrete flood control channel as a more natural stream. As part of this project, fellows will be mentored by technical professionals to learn how science, art, economics, engineering, ...

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Internship Opportunities


DUTIES/JOB DESCRIPTION:  The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) is seeking an Environmental Education Intern to assist with nature-based fieldtrips and produce educational materials such as lesson plans and other resources.  The duration of the internship is from February 19th until May 5th, 2018, with an option to extend through the summer. HOURS:  10-12 per week; schedule is somewhat flexible but fieldtrips often occur weekdays between 8:30-12:30. REQUIREMENTS: A passion for nature ...

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