Free Interpretive Walks of the Reserve

Join us on the second and third Sundays of each month, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., for a free interpretive nature walk. You have the opportunity to hear two different perspectives of the amazing plants and wildlife at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. Walks are moderately paced on the lower creek trail and begin in front of the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty.


Donna Walker, native to San Diego County, majored in art and Native American studies at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA. Donna is a trail guide for the Reserve where she leads monthly nature walks. Donna is very involved with archeology in S.D. County and teaches artifact illustration as well as drawing California’s wildflowers. Come experience Donna’s unique perspective of the Reserve inspired by her love for nature, archeology, and art on the second Sunday of every month.

2023 Walks

  • January 8
  • February 12
  • March 12
  • April 9
  • May 14
  • June 11
  • July 9
  • August 13
  • September 10
  • October 8
  • November 12
  • December 10


Retired from law enforcement, Al is a native San Diegan and an avid outdoorsman. Al has been trained as an interpretive guide, is a Master Educator for the Leave No Trace Center For Outdoor Ethics and Chaparral Naturalist, and has been a guest speaker for the Sierra Club on the topics of outdoor ethics, backpacking, hiking, and camping. AI currently volunteers on the Reserev’s Trail Patrol and education teams. Join Al on the third Sunday of every month and witness a rare testimony of the Reserve’s life and beauty.

2023 Walks

  • January 15
  • February 19
  • March 19
  • April 16
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 16
  • Aug 20
  • September 17
  • October 15
  • November 19
  • December 17

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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