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Outdoor Education Elevated: A Family-Friendly Festival Supporting Environmental Education

Outdoor Education Elevated: A Family-Friendly Festival Supporting Environmental Education

Outdoor Education Elevated: A Family-Friendly Festival Supporting Environmental Education

The Escondido Creek Conservancy invites nature enthusiasts and families to join them for a day of outdoor adventure and education at Outdoor Education Elevated.

A beautiful day at Mountain Meadow Preserve. Photo taken by Juan Troncoso, The Conservancy’s Preserve Manager.

Outdoor Education Elevated is an exciting fundraising event that promises guided nature walks, interactive learning stations, animal encounters and more! This event takes place on Saturday, April 6, 2024, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Mountain Meadow Preserve — this picturesque 693-acre Preserve isn’t typically open to the public, making this a unique chance to visit while also contributing to a worthy cause.

The festival serves a dual purpose, offering attendees a chance to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Mountain Meadow Preserve while raising funds to support the Conservancy’s Education Fund. These funds are vital for launching new environmental education initiatives and sustaining existing programs.

Event Details

  • When: Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Location: Mountain Meadow Preserve, Escondido, CA
  • Cost: $50 for individuals, $75 for couples, $100 for a family of four (children 5 and under free). Your ticket also includes a delicious lunch!

Event Registration

The public can register for Outdoor Education Elevated on the Conservancy’s website at Advanced registration is required. Due to limited parking, complimentary shuttles will operate every 15 minutes between 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. from a nearby parking lot to the Conservancy office at the Mountain Meadow Preserve. Sign up for a shuttle when buying tickets.

Event Highlights

Incredible Hikes — Explore the scenic trails of Mountain Meadow Preserve with guided hikes ranging from a leisurely 1-mile walk to more adventurous 3-mile treks. These exclusive trails offer breathtaking views and are not normally open to the public. The trails offer varied terrains with both inclines and declines, providing an excellent opportunity for exercise enthusiasts to engage in a fulfilling workout in a beautiful location!

Silent Auction — Bid on remarkable items, including artwork, getaways, and unique experiences, with all proceeds supporting the Conservancy’s Education Fund.

Amazing Animal Interactions — Get up close and personal with birds of prey from Sky Hunters Raptor Rehabilitation and Education. Meet San Diego County park Ranger Sam Olea and his Rosy boa, one of the most beautiful snakes native to the chaparral environment! Learn about these majestic creatures and their role in our ecosystem.

Nature Crafts — Unleash your creativity with nature-themed crafts, including sketching, coloring, and creating art using local leaves and flowers.

For more information about Outdoor Education Elevated and to register, visit