San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve

  • 2710 Manchester Avenue, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007 | Directions
  • 760-436-3944 | Website

Facility features an array of interactive exhibits exploring the natural and cultural history of the San Elijo Lagoon, one of the few remaining coastal wetlands in our area.

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Browse through the state-of-the-art nature exhibits, and learn about the Native Americans who once lived there. Take in spectacular views from the observation deck upstairs. The contemporary Center makes use of natural and recycled building materials, abounding with energy efficient features throughout. Not only is this the largest coastal wetland in San Diego County and habitat for hundreds of species of birds, but you’ll find over 700 plant and animal species within its 1000 acres. Walking along the waterside trails, you may hear the fish slap their tails as they leap out of the water. Look, listen and breathe in the abundant natural wonders. Don’t forget your sketchpad, camera and pic-nic lunch! The Nature Center and Reserve are open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and Saturday guided walks are free. The parking lot includes handicapped parking and a special parking spot for hybrid vehicles! Now that’s just plain eco-friendly.

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docent-led walks provide nature's habitat trail information. or use the center's trail guide maps for independent trail walks. the flora and fauna are abundant and it is a peaceful haven just off the din and chaos of Manchester Road/I-5 traffic - you deserve this special treat.

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