Information about Field Trips at Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

The Reserve strives to assist students in developing an appreciation for nature, as well as a passion that produces future stewards of the watershed.

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Through partnerships with Escondido Creek Conservancy, Nature Collective, San Diego Zoo Global, Coastal Roots Farm, and Friends of Daley Ranch, third through seventh-grade students are engaged in a discovery and inquiry-based program that spans the full Escondido Creek Watershed, the largest watershed in the Carlsbad Hydrologic Unit.

Children get the chance to see how water moves through a watershed from its headwaters, through the City of Escondido, into Elfin Forest, down to San Elijo Lagoon, and into the Pacific Ocean. They learn how their actions affect the quality of the water in the creeks, the lagoon, and the ocean, as well as the natural environment around them.

Students are immersed in nature for a day and have the opportunity to question, investigate, and discover. During their visit, they are able to observe a hawk soar, enjoy the beauty and stillness of a riparian oak forest canopy, and rock-hop over a stream.

 Schedule a Field Trip

Field trip requests require at least 30 days advance notice.

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Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve

8833 Harmony Grove Road
Escondido, CA 92029

Mailing Address
1966 Olivenhain Road
Encinitas, CA 92024


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