Past Meetup

Tecolote Canyon in High Summer

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Tecolote Canyon Nature Center

5180 Tecolote Rd · San Diego, CA

How to find us

From I5, exit Sea World Dr / Tecolote Rd from either direction and turn east. Drive straight through the light and head on to Tecolote Canyon Natural Park. Parking is available near Nature Center or (maybe) ball fields.

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TRAIL Difficulty: EASY +/- 1 mile
PLANT KNOWLEDGE: Beginner to Intermediate

This high summer walk is an in depth look at a wide number of native and non-native species in one of our urban natural parks: Tecolote Canyon. This canyon has a long history of development and recreational use, and is home to many endangered species of birds and plants like the coastal barrel cactus (Ferocactus viridescens), White coast ceanothus (Ceanothus verrucosus), and Nuttall's scrub oak (Quercus dumosa). This area is near and dear to many in this group and San Diego CNPS because it is where we have been independently assisting in restoration, education, and volunteering for the City of San Diego parks for a few years now.

This walk will examine low cost restoration efforts and techniques, summer deciduous plants and bloomers, nursery methods for summer plant survival, and introduce anyone who hasn't been here to the Tecolote Nature Center and its many community programs. Since this summer is already proving to be brutal with heat and humidity, the walk will be short, along the Eloise Battle trail and back along the main trail, examining different restoration areas along the way. We'll return to the Nature Center where I'll introduce everyone to the native plant nursery and where cold water and restrooms will be available. Stay to check out the exhibits inside and get acquainted with the staff and volunteers
with Friends of Tecolote.

Come out if this would be your first time with us and don't know a native plant from any other, you're thinking about landscaping with San Diego native plants and want ideas, or if you would like to examine our low to no cost methods of on-site propagation, weed control, and planting for your own projects. Perhaps you might be wondering how you can help out a small slice of our community next fall and spring? Join this amazing group of people with keeping this canyon a place everyone in San Diego can enjoy!

CARPOOL will available to anyone who wants to come into Fashion Valley Transit Station by bus or trolley by 7:45 AM. Please message me if you plan to do this, so that I will for sure be there to offer transportation. Parking is ample at Tecolote Canyon parks, but may be tough if there's sports events at the ballpark. We'll meet at the entrance to the Nature Center in the shade.