Mike Madriaga 12:40 p.m., May 25
Tucked in between Solano Beach and Encinitas, the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve with its new Nature Center, is located at 2710 Manchester Avenue. Browse through the state-of-the-art nature exhibits, and learn about the Native Americans who once lived there. Take in spectacular views from the observation deck upstairs. The contemporary Center makes use of natural and recycled building materials, abounding with energy efficient features throughout. Not only is this the largest coastal wetland in San Diego County and habitat for hundreds of species of birds, but you’ll find over 700 plant and animal species within its 1000 acres. Walking along the waterside trails, you may hear the fish slap their tails as they leap out of the water. Look, listen and breathe in the abundant natural wonders. Don’t forget your sketchpad, camera and pic-nic lunch! The Nature Center and Reserve are open daily, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission and Saturday guided walks are free. The parking lot includes handicapped parking and a special parking spot for hybrid vehicles! Now that’s just plain eco-friendly.
Posted July 25, 2009