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Nearby Nature

Almost every neighborhood in San Diego has parks, canyons, and trails that are ideal for a local nature walks. Use this guide to find outdoor programs and places to explore in your neighborhoods and near your service unit.

Canyon Trails Region (Mid-County)

Canyon Crest, Carmel Valley, Mira Mesa, Mountain Shadow, Scripps Ranch, Solana Ranch, and University City Service Units

Outdoor and Nature Activities

Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve and Black Mountain Open Space Park
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and Nature Center
Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve


Chaparral Shores Region (North County Inland)

Blue Sky, Escondido, Fallbrook, Lilac Oaks, Oak Creek, Rancho Bernardo, and Sunrise Valley Service Units

Outdoor and Nature Programs

San Diego Children’s Discovery Museum (downtown Escondido)
San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy
Sycamore Canyon and Goodan Ranch
The Escondido Creek Conservancy
Imperial County

Outdoor and Nature Programs

Sonny Bono Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge
  • Schedule hikes or service projects by contacting Project Leader Christian Schoneman, 760-348-5278.
Northern Lights Region (North County Coastal)

Camp Pendleton, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Oceanside, Rancho Vista, San Marcos, Seacoast, and Vista Service Units

Outdoor and Nature Programs

Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation
Batiquitos Lagoon
Buena Vista Lagoon
San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve and Nature Center
The Escondido Creak Conservancy
Pacifica Region (Mid-City)

Clairemont, Mission Trails, Pacific Jewel, Park Hills, Point Loma, Serra Mesa, and Tierrasanta Service Units

Parks, Canyons, and Open Space

Outdoor and Nature Programs

Cabrillo National Monument
Mission Trails Regional Park
Rose Canyon
San Diego River Park
Tecolote Nature Center
Rainbow Region (South County)

Chula Vista, Coronado, Diamond, Imperial Beach, Otay Mesa, Sunny Trails, and Valle Lindo Service Units

Outdoor and nature programs

Sunrise Region (East County)

Chaparral, Emerald El Cajon, Lakeside, La Mesa, Magnolia, Ranch Foothills, and Valley Grove Service Units

Outdoor and nature programs

Mission Trails Regional Park