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Well, it's definitely summer!
We want you to enjoy the trails safely in the heat! The number one tip is to exercise common sense and don't overdo it. When you do go out:

Start early before the sun really gets going. Wear sun protection in the form of SPF, a hat, and loose-fitting long sleeves and pants (yes, really). Bring water! Take sips early and often. Adjust your pace or even your hike entirely -- go for an easier trail that offers shade instead of something more difficult or out in the open. Take extra care of your dog. Remember they don't tolerate the heat like we do! More hot weather hiking tips here. Stay safe!

Thank you for your continued support of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the San Dieguito River Valley! Don't forget to renew your Conservancy membership and invite your friends, too!
Photo by Aaron Chang
News & Updates
SDG&E Presents Conservancy with Environmental Champions Grant!
During the Conservancy's Volunteer Appreciation Night at Viewpoint Brewing Co. last month, Morgan Justice-Black of SDG&E presented Executive Director Trish with a $7,500 grant for our Microclimates on a Macro Scale program! The grant is part of SDG&E's Environmental Champions program.

Microclimates on a Macro Scale is a new climate-science program, launching this fall at a local charter school. The Conservancy will team up with Climate Science Alliance to obtain regionally-specific climate data to increase understanding of how climate change impacts different microclimates within the San Dieguito watershed.
Conservancy Education Manager Ana Lutz Recognized by Del Mar Unified School District
On June 27th, Education Manager Ana Lutz was recognized by the Del Mar Unified School District as an Industry Expert. The award recognizes the growing relationship with the School District and the Conservancy's Watershed Explorers Program. 

Paul Intravaia, Design Engineer, Del Mar Union School District shared, "We are grateful for your service to our students as an Industry Expert propelling student thinking forward, and expanding their awareness of future work and ways to add value to our world."

Congratulations Ana!
Conservancy Releases Annual Report
The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is pleased to present its 2017-2018 Annual Report. We value our members, volunteers and partners and look forward to another successful year. Thank you for all your support!

Great NonProfits Survey

10 seconds of your time = huge positive impact on the Conservancy!

Please take a moment to recognize the Conservancy for its many accomplishments by completing a short survey at GreatNonprofits!

We appreciate your time. 
Thank You River Valley Fest Donors!
Thanks to all of our silent and live auction item donors, our guests will have a great selection of items to bid on this year at River Valley Fest, including this beautiful package from Viewpoint Brewing Company that includes Viewpoint growler, Tshirt, two beer glasses and blanket! We are pairing this basket with a donation from SDRVC staff of our Viewpoint MUG LOCKER FOR A YEAR! There is still time to donate an auction item. Simply download, fill out and email the auction item donation form to or mail to the address below.

Let's hear it for our generous donors to date:
Bill and Erna Adelson
San Diego Museum of Man
Carlos Maldonado
Museum of Making Music
Nina Krosch
USS Midway Museum
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
New Village Arts Theater
Gen 7 Wines
San Diego Natural History Museum
Living Coast Discovery Center
Hornblower Cruises & Events
Freddi Pakier Health Coaching
Solana Succulents
St. Petersburg Vodka
Phil Pryde and Alison Cummings
Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa
Alvarado Institute of Skin Care
Orfilia Vineyards and Winery
L'Auberge Del Mar
Senor Grubby's
Carol Kerridge
Indian Joe Brewing
Fiesta de Reyes
Mother Earth Brew Co
Carol Spong
Keith and Sue Colestock
Fred Spong
The New Children's Museum
Chris & Linda Khoury
Mainly Mozart
Viewpoint Brewing Co.
Pat and Darrell Straube - Orchard Hill Country Inn
Carruth Cellars
Belly Up
Ed Mirsky
Mom's Pie House

Enrichment Programs for Sikes Docents
The docents and volunteers of Sikes Adobe Historic Farmstead have varied jobs, which encompass many different programs and responsibilities. Different tour groups and students of all age groups visit the site every month with varied educational and interpretive needs. Students in the fourth grade experience a program designed to accommodate California's History and Social Science Standards, while a group of adult students in a Continuing Education program tend to ask different questions and like to share their own stories and experiences.

If you are interested in becoming a docent or farmstead volunteer, email Ranger David at

San Dieguito River Valley Featured in Socallife Magazine!
View the full pictorial/article here.
River Valley Fest 2018 is on October 14!

Invite your friends and family! The River Valley Fest is a wonderful opportunity to introduce them to the Conservancy and the work we do in the San Dieguito River Valley!
Congrats Coast to Crest Trail Challengers!
Anel Rahbari practicing yoga on the Piedras Pintadas Trail
15 people completed the Coast to Crest Trail Challenge in July!

Congratulations to:

Angie Hoff
Dan & Abby Gyokery
Ted Foster
Allie Barnes
Scott Mocabee
Jim Aeling
Gugui Naters
Karl Leckner
Michele Monroe
Ivan Sablan
Karl Peralta
Anel Rahbari
Gina Kackman
Jill Sells

Learn more about the Coast to Crest Trail Challenge here.
Coming Up in August
8/26 - Full Moon Hike at the San Dieguito Lagoon
Join us for a full moon hike on the Dust Devil Nature Trail at the San Dieguito Lagoon. This 1.7-mile loop trail is easy, short and flat. Dogs on leash are welcome.

When: Sunday, August 26th from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Dust Devil Trail Staging Area

August Events

Sundays, 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, 8/26:
North San Diego Certified Farmers Market & Farmhouse Tours
Saturday, 8/4:
Sunset Dr. to Felicita Creek Hike
Sunday, 8/5:
San Dieguito Monthly Bird Count
Saturday, 8/11:
Julian Natural Wonderfest

Sunday, 8/12:
Crest Canyon Hike

Perseid Meteor Star Party
Saturday, 8/18:

Sunday, 8/19:
Yoga at the Birdwing
Saturday, 8/25:
Blackberry Hike at Santa Ysabel East

Trail Clearance in Crest Canyon

What Happened in July
Watershed Explorers Visit the San Dieguito Lagoon  

Last month, Kids on Campus, a program run through the San Marcos Unified School District, participated in San Dieguito Lagoon portion of the Watershed Explorers Program. These elementary school students participated in a Ranger-led hike where they learned about the importance and history of the Lagoon, the diversity of lagoon flora and fauna, and the story of its conservation and restoration.

Students observed fiddler crabs, jumping mullet, Cliff Swallows, and hiked to the Osprey nests. At the treatment ponds, the ranger taught the students how to test the water quality and how human activity in the watershed contributes to nitrate and phosphate content, as well as PH levels and dissolved oxygen. After the hike, the students enjoyed an River Park Ranger-led talk on animal adaptations from the wildlife that is endemic to the San Dieguito River watershed.

Later, they reflected on what they experienced and learned during their day at the lagoon-what we call Art of Nature. Hopefully, these students left with a sense of understanding of the interconnectedness of the watershed and of the lagoon's importance that will continue their whole lives.
Seashore Splash

Living Coast Discovery Center visited the Birdwing last month with some friends from the tidepools! 
Hike for Health

SDRVC teamed up with UMTR2ME (You Matter 2 Me), another local non-profit who focuses on providing support and resources to those with depression and mental health challenges, to provide a mental health hike around the San Dieguito Lagoon. 

Participants were given an educational look into the sensitivity of the surrounding habitat, and also a safe space to discuss mental health while hiking. By incorporating healthy exercise in areas around the River Park, SDRVC and UMTR2ME strongly believe of the positive impacts of movement and experiencing the outdoors. Be sure to sign up for our next hike this upcoming fall! 
Outreach in Rancho Santa Fe

On Saturday, July 28th, Conservancy Conservation Manager Jonathan Appelbaum and Fairbanks Ranch Project Partners with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire Protection District, Rancho Santa Fe Association, and local Fire Safe Council attended the annual Fairbanks Ranch Summer BBQ and car show to conduct outreach to Fairbanks Ranch residents and project neighbors. Dozens of residents and neighbors checked out displays from SDRVC and the Fire Protection District and signed up to get additional information about the project and fire safety within the Ranch.