Interpretive Walks of the Reserve with EFRR Docents

donna-walkerFree docent-led nature walks are offered on the second and third Sundays of each month for visitors to learn about the plants, animals, and history of Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve and the Escondido Creek Watershed.

  • Enhance your appreciation of this watershed community of native plants and wildlife.
  • Learn about the history and culture of the indigenous people who lived in this area during prehistoric times.

Most walks last an hour to an hour-and-a-half, and cover less than one mile of easy terrain. No RSVP is required for these hikes, which begin at our Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty.

Join writer and artist Donna Walker on the second Sunday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

A native San Diegan, Donna studied history and art at Palomar College, in San Marcos, CA where she earned docent Batesher degree and a certificate in American Indian Studies. Donna also has a certificate in Conservation, Forestry, and Wildlife. In 2012, Donna joined the docent group for RFRR. Her love of history, archaeology, and art has enabled her to combine the three in an expression of historical and contemporary drawings with special emphasis in artifact illustration.

Join avid hiker, backpacker, and outdoorsman Al Bates on the third Sunday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

Retired from law enforcement, Al became an EFRR docent in 2018. Al is a native San Diegan and a master educator for the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. Most walks are general and cover a variety of topics including native plants, mammals, reptiles, birds, Native American history, and more.


Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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