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.

2024 Walks

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


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 Reserve’s Trail Patrol and education teams. His talks include local plant and wild life, how Native Americans and early pioneers used them, and how they still benefit us and provide habitat. Join Al on the third Sunday of every month and witness a rare testimony of the Reserve’s life and beauty.

2023 Walks

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

Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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