Volcan Mountain

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Activities at Volcan Mountain

Led by the Volcan Mountain Foundation, explorers visit the Volcan Mountain Nature Center where they participate in a hands-on demonstration of how watersheds function by creating a spray bottle "rainstorm" over a 3D relief map of the Volcan Mountain Range and test the water for its ability to support life in the watershed. Explorers then head up to the Sky Island Trail stopping at the year-round spring that feeds the San Dieguito River. They are then led on a guided hike through mature conifer and oak forests to an overlook where they are able to observe the San Dieguito Watershed from a mile above sea level.

Teacher resources: Download site curriculum here.

Lake Sutherland

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Activities at Lake Sutherland

Led by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, participants learn about the importance of Lake Sutherland and the surrounding area to local wildlife and overall watershed vitality and health. They are introduced to wildlife monitoring and survey techniques, and become citizen scientists for the day collecting valuable data for the San Dieguito Citizen Science Monitoring Program. Explorers then split into teams to look for animal tracks & scat, search for reptiles & amphibians, and test the quality of the water collected in the reservoir.

Teacher resources: Download site curriculum here.

San Diego Archaeological Center

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Activities at San Diego Archaeological Center

At the San Diego Archaeological Center, participants get to experience field methods used in archaeology. The site visit begins with Archaeology Quest, a self-guided tour through the museum which introduces the region’s 10,000 year history through a series of fascinating exhibits. Next, explorers will be taken to mock excavation units where they will learn how to record, map, and analyze an archaeological site in order to answer original research questions. The program will end with explorers sharing their conclusions about the sites and a discussion about protecting and preserving our cultural resources.

Teacher resources: Download site curriculum here.

Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead

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Activities at the Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead

Led by the San Dieguito River Park, participants learn what it was like to be a pioneering family in San Diego and the importance of the natural environment in daily living. At Sikes, explorers participate in a series of activities designed to teach them about daily life in the late 1800s including planting crops in the gardens, making butter, doing laundry and hiking the historic Mule Hill segment of the Coast to Crest Trail. They also learn about the importance of water to the pioneers and test the quality of the water from the farmstead’s on-site well.

Teacher resources: Download site curriculum here.

San Dieguito Lagoon

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Activities at San Dieguito Lagoon

Led by the San Dieguito River Park, participants engage in several activities at the Birdwing Open Air Classroom to learn about the importance and diversity of the lagoon. Activities include going on an interactive, ranger-led hike along the Lagoon Trail, conducting water quality testing at the storm water treatment ponds, learning about plant and animal adaptations, and creating nature-inspired art.

Teacher resources: Download site curriculum here.