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Secular Outreach in the Park - Special Edition: Earth Day!!

This is our regular Outreach in Balboa Park times 3!!!

Sunday, April 21st, the City of San Diego hosts the worlds' largest free annual environmental fair and Earth Day Celebration!!

Come join us at our three booths, sponsored by the Humanist Fellowship of San Diego and the San Diego Coalition of Reason!  70,000 visitors are expected, and this event is a ton of fun!!  Hang out with lots of your fellow humanists/secularists, get to know our regular cadre of outreach folks and, if you're willing, even help staff the booths and spread the word about humanist values and how they best address the myriad issues facing us and our planet!  

Meet some of our friendly regular outreach folks!

Socialize with us and help spread the word!!

Plan on spending some time exploring the hundreds of other park exhibits, too.  Music, museums and food, food, food!  Come early, stay late!  Don't miss this wonderful, fun, free, once-a-year event!!

Check out the San Diego Earth Day website:

(I would highly recommend that people arriving later than 9:30 am take I-8 to Texas St. to Upas - to avoid extremely heavy traffic into the west side of the park.  Save yourself a bunch of time and frustration:  Park in the Morley Field lots near Upas and Texas and walk across Florida canyon to the event!)



Here is a link to find out more information about getting to Balboa Park during Earth Fair 2013:

I'm going to paste the information below, although, you may still have to go to the page above for the links to be active.

Getting to EarthFair
Sunday, April 21 – Balboa Park
10am – 5pm

Sixty- to seventy-thousand people can create real transportation problems. If you arrive after about 10:30 am, there is often little or no CAR parking close to the Park.

Not to worry though ... we have some suggestions that can help take the frustration out of getting there: off-site parking and free shuttle servicethe trolley and shuttlepublic transit,bicycling... and walking!

All-in-one Help from SANDAG

iCommute can assist you on your trip to EarthFair by providing free carpool and ride matching services, transit solutions, a bike map, and much more. To make your commute to EarthFair as easy as possible visit

Handicapped Parking

There will be extra handicapped parking spaces reserved in the Organ Pavilion parking lot, off Presidents Way. The police will allow cars with handicapped parking permits into this lot as long as spaces are available.

Off-site Parking and Free Shuttle Service

A free shuttle service will take you between the Fair and two off-site parking locations:

  • City College Lots. Free shuttle buses will take visitors from the City College parking lots, off Russ Blvd., to 6th Ave. & Laurel St. Visitors will enter EarthFair by walking across the Laurel St. bridge.

    From the 163 freeway exit, follow the signs for EarthFair Parking. Turn right on Park Blvd., then left (east) on C St., and left (north) on 16th St. Proceed to the lots: opposite Garfield Jr. High School on 16th, and the parking structure at 17th and C St.. The shuttle stop is on 16th, close to Russ Blvd., and is marked with a sign. The shuttle runs from 10:30 am to 6 pm.

    Click here for a map.

    Note that at peak traffic periods it can be much faster to WALK to EarthFair from the City College lot than to sit in traffic on Park Blvd. Walk up 16th St. pass Russ, take the pedestrian bridge over I-5 to the Inspiration Point parking lot, walk up Park Blvd and cross Park at Presidents Way to enter EarthFair.
  • Petco Park Lots. Free shuttle buses will take visitors from the parking lots at Petco Park to 6th Ave. & Laurel St. Visitors will enter EarthFair by walking across the Laurel St. bridge.

    Note: there is a $5 fee to park at Petco.There may be free on-street parking in the vecinity of Petco that you can use to avoid this fee. The shuttle is free. 

    The shuttle pickup will be on Park Blvd., close to Tony Gwynn Dr, between the parking lots and Petco Park proper. 

    There are 4 parking lots you may use.
    • Lexus Premier Lot (closest to shuttle stop): Entrance to this surface lot is on 11th Avenue at Imperial Avenue. Exit is on Park Boulevard.
    • Parcel C Lot (second closest to shuttle): Located between Park Blvd. and Imperial Avenue. Entrances on Park and Imperial.
    • Tailgate North and South: Entrance and exit to this surface lot is on 13th Street at K Street or Imperial Avenue between 12th Ave and 14th Street.
    • Padres Parkade: Entrance to this garage is on 10th Avenue between Island and J Street. Exit from this garage is on 11th Avenue between Island and J Street.

    Click here for a map of Petco Park lots and shuttle stops.

Bike ParkingRide a Bike

  • There is free, guarded bike parking, coordinated by the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, available in two locations:
    • On Village Place (off of Park Blvd., south of the Zoo) behind the Natural History Museum
    • In front of the Museum of Man, just over the Laurel St. bridge.

  • If you don't want to ride the entire way to the park, drive part way, park in a convenient spot, and ride the rest of the way.

Take the Trolley and Walk or Shuttle to Balboa Park

There is a trolley stop about a 10 minute walk from the Park, or two shuttle options near the Trolley station.

Ride any Blue or Orange Trolley Line to the Trolley's City College Station in downtown San Diego. The Station is located between 11th Avenue and Park Blvd. and C Street and Broadway.

To walk to Balboa Park, go north on 12th Ave, which turns into Park Blvd. a few blocks north of the station. Walk north on Park Blvd. until you reach President's Way, then turn left into Balboa Park.

If you do not want to walk from the Trolley Station, you can:

  • The Route 7 bus stop is just steps away at the corner of 11th Avenue and C Street where you can board a Route 7 shuttle to Balboa Park.

    Remember to get a Day Pass when you start your trip on the Trolley. 

    To plan your trip visit
  • Take the FREE EarthFair Shuttle from the corner of Park Blvd. and Russ Blvd., four blocks north of the Trolley Station. The free shuttles run from 10:30am to 6:00pm, and drops you off at 6th Ave and Laurel. Walk into the park over the Cabrillo Bridge.

Take a Bus

To arrive on the west side of the park, take Route 120 and cross the Laurel Street Bridge into Balboa Park.

For complete information on bus and trolley service, please visit And remember, riding MTS Buses and Trolleys make every day "EARTH DAY." When you take transit instead of driving a car you reduce greenhouse gases, slow global warming and improve our air quality. Saving just one gallon of gas can eliminate 19 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

Walk to EarthFair

Our vision for a greener Earth one step at a time.

Walk to the EarthFair in Balboa Park! By walking we hope to inspire others to do whatever they can individually to help preserve our earth by setting an example of how we can all make a positive difference in our communities.


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  • Jim W.

    Busy! I was exhausted.

    April 22, 2013

  • Ann

    It was a great event, raising awareness in the community about the atheist and humanist groups in San Diego.

    April 22, 2013

  • DON B.

    This was my first attempt at an atheist booth, intercoursing with the public and interfacing in philosophical discussions. I need to brush up on technique. Fascinating and challenging.

    April 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      You did a great job. I hope to see you again at the Saturday booth. As long as you had fun, that is the improtant part.

      April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    FANTASTIC, even had a convert

    April 21, 2013

  • John H.

    Is that dildo who wears the goofy hat and reads the Book of Revelation in a monotone drone gonna be there?

    April 16, 2013

    • Jim W.

      Sure it wasn't the <s>god rangers</s> park rangers?

      April 18, 2013

    • Jim W.

      Strike out doesn't work...

      April 18, 2013

  • Ann

    I will be there in the afternoon.

    1 · April 11, 2013

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