Volunteer to Help Preserve North County Land and Provide Outdoor Education!
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, CA (August 1, 2019)
Who: The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) is partnering with Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD) to recruit volunteers to help protect Escondido Creek and the Escondido Creek watershed. The Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust. Since 1991, the Conservancy has helped preserve over 4,000 acres of land for wildlife habitat and provides outdoor education to more than 5,000 children and adults annually. OMWD is a public agency providing water, wastewater services, recycled water, hydroelectricity, and the operation of Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve (EFRR). The two organizations first partnered in 2009 to build the beautiful Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty, and have been working together since then on many watershed protection projects and education programs.
What: Join us at our next Volunteer Open House and discover the many ways you can give back and get in touch with local nature. Volunteers can choose to hike and monitor trails, assist with school field trips, staff the interpretive center, perform trail maintenance with park rangers, or work with the Conservancy’s land managers to restore sensitive habitat.
Why: EFRR is almost 800 acres with only three rangers to monitor the land, while the Conservancy manages over 3,000 acres with a small staff of land managers, supplemented by volunteers. Volunteers are crucial in helping protect and restore these fragile open spaces so plants and wildlife can continue to thrive. Our volunteers have also been a vital part of the Conservancy’s education programs which provide outdoor experiences to local elementary and middle-school students.
Our volunteer network is a community of like-minded people who enjoy backyard barbecues, in-service meetings followed by “Conservation Conversations” on a wide variety of topics, and unique tour opportunities throughout the year. Recent tours include an EDCO Recycling Center, a Native American Eco-Village, and the California Wolf Center.
Where: The Volunteer Open House will be held at EFRR’s Interpretive Center, but volunteer opportunities are available throughout various preserves in Escondido. Limited parking will be reserved for those registered, and arriving early is advised.
When: The Volunteer Open House will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please visit www.natureiscalling.eventbrite.com for more information or to register.
Here the most recent San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates:
St. Paddy’s Bash
Feeling lucky? Let’s get Irish…… One day early! Get ready for a Pre-St. Paddy’s Day party! The event will be held at Café Stoked on Friday, March 16th at 6:30PM. Residents 21 and over join us for an evening of green! It will be a wonderful time to join friends and neighbors for food, music, dancing, drinks and fun! Don’t forget to wear green and come on down for a festive time! Attendance to this event is limited! Cost is $5.00/person. You must provide a check (no cash) payable to San Elijo Hills and deliver to Liz McCardle at the San Elijo Hills onsite office. All reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Join us, support local schools!! All proceeds go to San Elijo Elementary and Double Peak K-8 PTO.
Looking for egg hunters!! The Easter Bunny is visiting the Hills! The San Elijo Hills Community Association is having its Annual BUNNYPALOOZA on Saturday, March 24th at the Hilltop field of San Elijo Hills Park. This year’s event will include an egg hunt, bounce houses, face painting, crafts, photo-ops with the Easter bunny, light refreshments, and more! A DJ will be entertaining us with music, games, and an obstacle course so parents and kids of all ages can enjoy some friendly competition!
BUNNYPALOOZA will begin at 9:30AM and run until 12:00 PM. The Egg Hunt will be split by different age groups in 10 minute increments beginning at 10:00 AM. Don’t forget to bring your own basket to collect your eggs and a camera to take pictures with the Bunny! Hope to see you there!
The California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) is back! The San Elijo Hills trails system is a designated California Coastal Clean-up Day (CCD) area, and we need volunteers!
The trail system within San Elijo Hills is such a beloved feature of our community! Please join us on Saturday, April 21st from 9:00AM-12:00PM to help clean up the trails! Volunteers will meet in the Town Square (by the fountain) of San Elijo Hills at 9:00AM. Walk-ups are welcome but pre-registration helps us with site logistics, so if you know for sure you want to help, please register online in advance. To register beginning April 1st, simply go to www.creektobay.org and then look for San Marcos – San Elijo Trails under the Cleanup Sites link. Special Instructions: All volunteers should wear comfortable closed toed shoes and sun protection. You can help reduce waste by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gardening or work gloves. Note: every participant in CCD needs to sign a waiver; anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent or guardian signature to participate! Students are eligible for community service hours, and prizes will be given out for the most trash collected!
Together we can all make a difference!
City of San Marcos-Trails Day POSTPONED
Due to forecasted rain, San Marcos Trails Day originally scheduled for Saturday, March 3, has been postponed to coincide with National Trails Day on Saturday, June 2. Hike participation is free and will begin at 9 am; hikers can start signing in at 8 am. Hikers, kids bike ride and walkers will meet at Lakeview Park/Discovery Lake, 650 Foxhall Drive. Equestrian riders will meet at the Ridgeline Trailhead, 102 San Elijo Road. The staging area will also feature food and giveaways. “Trails day is a celebration of the outdoors and in San Marcos we have something for everyone,” said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “With more than 63 miles of trail connecting to the entire region, San Marcos offers an extensive trail network for residents to discover.” An easy two-mile hike will visit Discovery Lake and the Discovery Creek trails. A more challenging seven-mile hike will explore the trails that lead to Double Peak Park. Mountain biking enthusiasts are encouraged to bring bikes and enjoy the ride. “Adventures are meant to be shared and this event is a great opportunity to meet new people in your community and share a fun experience on a local trail,” said Martin. An adult must accompany all minors. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended; bring water, sunscreen and trail snacks. Dogs must be on a maximum 6-foot leash at all times. The hike is subject to cancellation in the event of rain. Event participants are encouraged to share your hiking moments on Instagram by tagging the city with @sanmarcoscity and using the hashtag #DiscoverSanMarcos. For more information on hikes or the city’s trails, please visit www.san-marcos.net/trails or call (760) 744-9000, ext. 3535.
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The Escondido Creek Conservancy is co-sponsoring a one-day creek clean-up event. This is a wonderful way to make a positive impact to the local community, the watershed, and our ocean. The date of the event is Saturday, September 19th, from 9:00AM until noon. The site is located at 1845 Harmony Grove Road, which is an urban portion of the Escondido Creek. Interested volunteers can get more information and register by going to the following link:
For potential volunteers looking for a more on-going opportunity, we are seeking new recruits for out Elfin Forest Trail Patrol program. In a nutshell, our Trail Patrol volunteers help maintain the trail system at the Reserve, provide information to trail users, and serve as ambassadors of our natural lands.
Volunteers are permitted to patrol on their bikes! Scheduling is extremely flexible. Volunteers make their own shifts any time and day of the week that works for them (within regular park hours, of course). All we just ask that Trail Patrol volunteers perform, at minimum, three hours of patrolling per month.
To become a Trail Patrol volunteer you have to:
be at least 18 years old
allow us to run a background check
complete the training course that we provide
contribute a one-time $40 Trail Patrol application fee (of which $20 is a refundable deposit)
obtain First Aid, AED, and CPR certification
patrol a total of 3-hours per month (exceptions permitted)
The next Trail Patrol training course kicks off in this month. It consists of two 3-hour sessions held on back-to-back Saturdays (9:00-noon September 26th and October 3rd). There are only twelve more spots available and we only hold these trainings once every four months, so the sooner you sign up, the better.
Training course topics will include a thorough explanation of the program and volunteer duties, park rules & regulations, safety & security, trail maintenance techniques, nature interpretation techniques, identifying native and invasive plants, an introduction to local wildlife, and how to use the specialized communication radio.
For the uniforms, there’s a standardized hat and a short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirt that we provide. When volunteers can no longer continue participating in the program we refund $20 of the $40 application fee upon the return of the uniform. Volunteers are responsible for providing their own hiking shoes and green-colored pants/shorts of choice.
All Trail Patrol volunteers must also have up-to-date adult First Aid, AED, and CPR certification (which is separate from the regular Trail Patrol training course). Since we don’t provide the certification ourselves, volunteers have to shop around the various independent certifiers in the area and sign up for the one that is most convenient for them.
Groupon has a limited time deal right now for this certification, done entirely online, for just $20 (which is an incredibly good deal):