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Outdoor Resources

Get outdoors! Almost every neighborhood in San Diego has parks, canyons and trails ideal for nature walks. Many San Diego area resources are found below, and even more neighborhood-specific listings can be found on our Nearby Nature page.

Explore Outdoor Badges and Journeys

Whether you're looking to explore your backyard or the backcountry, Girl Scouts outdoor badges and journeys will strengthen girls’ outdoor skills and ignite their interest in environmental stewardship. Explore different offerings through:

Program-level Happenings

Check out the Girl Scout Happenings pages for each program level.

  • Daisies
  • Brownies
  • Juniors
  • Cadettes
  • Seniors
  • Ambassadors
Other Resources
Maps and Trails
Take Action and Service Learning Projects
Camp Trails at Winacka and Whispering Oaks

GSSD Camp Map and Guides

Council-Led Outdoor Programs: Join other San Diego troops for fun overnights and outdoor experiences.

Service Unit Encampments: Participate in a Service Unit encampment event.

Troop Camping: Take your own troop to one of our camp properties.

Videos and Books

Videos

Books

  • Coast to Cactus: The Canyoneer Trail Guide to San Diego Outdoors, 2016
  • Afoot and Afield in San Diego, by Jerry Schad and Scott Turner, 2017. with 280 hikes
  • Take a Hike:  A Guide to 260 Trails in San Diego County, by Priscilla Lister, 2016
  • 60 Hikes Within 60 miles of San Diego, by Sheri McGregor, 2016
Guided Nature Walks and Badge Workshops

The Natural History Museum docents host free Canyoneer Walks.

Local nature education organizations and naturalists offer badge workshops at troop meetings, service unit events, and council locations. Check out our Community Partner listings. Examples include the Brownie Hiker badge and Junior badges for Flowers (adapted for native plants) and Animal Habitats.

Volunteers like Anne Fege offer outdoor trainings and programming.