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Could it be...fall?
Who's enjoying the (slightly) cooler temps and planning some fun outdoor adventures for the next couple months?

One adventure we certainly hope you have on your calendar is the Annual River Valley Fest! It's next month and we are so excited to celebrate our accomplishments with all of you! Register here and if you're interested in donating to the live or silent auction (or know someone who's interested!), go here for more information!

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
SDRVC Awarded Top-Rated Nonprofit & GuideStar Platinum Seal!
The Conservancy is thrilled to announced that in August, we were named a 2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits, thanks to your ratings and reviews!

We also earned the 2018 Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar, the world's largest source of nonprofit information.

GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities-as donors, volunteers, and recipients of aid.

The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt nonprofit registered with the IRS. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 8 million people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year.

Four Spots Left in ESP Class of 2018-2019

Register for the ESP Class of 2018-2019 here.

Our popular Exploring Our Sense of Place program allows participants to experience the San Dieguito River Valley in all seasons, to follow its path from mountain to sea, to encounter plant, animal and human inhabitants, and to connect to the River Valley with their heart and minds.

The ESP program is an 8-session seminar series that includes a reception, seven excursions with lectures by experts, and special "reflection time."

Over 200 Explorers have graduated from the program, all of whom are now able to participate in ESP Alumni hikes and educational experiences.
Eliminating Invasives in Brigantine Basin
Beginning this September, sharp-eyed observers may notice black plastic sheeting spread around the marsh margins in the Brigantine Basin east of Camino Del Mar. The purpose of this plastic sheeting is to eliminate invasive ice plant (Carpobrotus edulis) from the slopes and edges of the salt marsh habitat within the Basin. Eradication of ice plant is a first step toward allowing the marsh environment to adapt to sea level rise in the future. The ice plant control process, known as solarization, bakes the ice plant beneath plastic tarping at high temperatures and deprives the ice plant of sunlight for photosynthesis, ultimately killing the ice plant effectively and quickly. The advantages of the solarization method include that it takes considerably less labor that pulling the ice plant by hand, it eliminates the usage of herbicides and chemicals in and around the wetland habitat, and it reduces erosion and maintains the stability of the slopes by minimizing soil disturbance associated with pulling ice plant out by the roots.

The Brigantine Basin Project marks a new phase in the long, successful partnership between SDRVC and the 22nd District Agricultural Association, operators of the San Diego County Fairgrounds and surrounding lagoon habitat areas.  

For more information about the project, contact Conservancy Conservation Manager Jonathan Appelbaum at
Make Your Reservations Today 
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!
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
Kate Sheppard Consulting
Mainly Mozart
Viewpoint Brewing Co.
Pat and Darrell Straube - Orchard Hill Country Inn
Carruth Cellars
Belly Up
Ed Mirsky
Mom's Pie House Cohn Family Restaurants
The French Gourmet Stella Ting
Rincon Consultants Sea World San Diego
San Diego Botanic Garden Sheppard Berg

Bird of the Month: Red-Tailed Hawk
The red-tailed hawk occupies a wide range of habitats and altitudes including deserts, grasslands, coniferous and deciduous forests, agricultural fields and urban areas. This is the most widespread and familiar large hawk in North America, bulky and broad-winged, designed for effortless soaring. An inhabitant of open country, it is commonly seen perched on roadside poles or sailing over fields and woods.

Congrats Coast to Crest Trail Challengers!
Oksana, Olga, Elena, and Marina
6 people completed the Coast to Crest Trail Challenge in August!

Congratulations to:

Oksana Glukhikh
Olga Ruiz
Elena Pyuvi 
Marina Metz
Jack Brennen
Keith Harding

Learn more about the Coast to Crest Trail Challenge here.
Coming Up in September
9/8 - Clevenger Canyon North Clean Up Event
Love hiking but hate graffiti? So do we! Help SDRVC and the City of San Diego to remove graffiti on Saturday, Sept 8th from 8:00 to 11:30 am. Led by SDRVC Jonathan Appelbaum, participants will help restore Clevenger Canyon North's natural beauty.

**Important note: bring plenty of water, sunscreen, gloves, and sturdy hiking shoes. There is limited cell phone reception at the site.**

Detailed directions will be provided upon registration. All removal supplies provided.

Please email SDRVC Conservation Manager, Jonathan Appelbaum at, with any questions.

When: Saturday, September 8th from 8:00 - 11:30 am
Where: Clevenger Canyon North:  18379-18499 San Pasqual Valley Rd.,  Ramona

9/15 - Coastal Cleanup Day
Join us for California Coastal Cleanup Day! Volunteers can choose to participate in various projects on both sides of the I-5.

East side projects will include: Trash pickup on the trails, non-native removal and special ranger-led litter abatement in restricted areas of the lagoon.

West side around Del Mar Fairgrounds and Brigantine Basin projects will include: invasive removal, native planting, and litter abatement.

Space is limited so register now!

WhenSaturday, September 15th, from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Where: San Dieguito Lagoon, various sites

9/22 - World Rivers Day: Screening & Stroll
Join the Conservancy  and   The Escondido Creek Conservancy as we celebrate World Rivers Day with a screening of the documentary Lost Rivers and a stroll along the channelized portion of Escondido Creek. 

The documentary "examines hidden waterways in cities around the world and introduces us to people dedicated to exploring and exposing them."

As described by one film critic, Lost Rivers is "a reminder that ecology is not just about clean air and water but the right of urban dwellers to enjoy the spiritual and esthetic benefits of liberated rivers." The film also explores the economic benefits of restored waterways.

Please arrive promptly at 5:00 pm to Studio 3. Email SDRVC Education Manager, Ana Lutz at with any questions.

When: Saturday, September 22nd, from 5:00 - 7:30 pm
WhereCalifornia Center for the Arts, Escondido: 340 North Escondido Blvd., Escondido

September Events

Sundays, 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30:
North San Diego Certified Farmers Market & Farmhouse Tours
Saturday, 9/8:

Saturday, 9/15:
San Dieguito Lagoon Bird Walk

Sunday, 9/16:
Canyoneers Hike at Kanaka Loop Trail

Yoga at the Lagoon
Saturday, 9/22:
SDRP MTB Swap Meet

Canyoneers Hike at Crest Canyon

Sunday, 9/23:
South Clevenger Canyon Hike

Wildcrafting: Rose Hip Syrup and Deep-Dish Wild Berry Pie
Monday, 9/24:
Harvest Moon Fab Feast Dinner at the Farm
Saturday, 9/29:
Lake Hodges Bird Walk

What Happened in August
SDRVC and River Park Participate in the Julian Nature Wonderfest  

Last month, SDRVC and the San Dieguito River Park were invited to attend the Julian Natural Wonderfest. Local nonprofits and businesses, as well as the County of San Diego, organized this event. The goal was to involve the community in learning about nature, both during the day and at night. The Volcan Mountain Foundation was present to promote their conservation in the area. One organizer of the event, the Julian Dark Sky Network, promotes the enjoyment and preservation of Julian's Dark Skies so that the public can experience quality astronomy activities. The Dark Sky Network is a global movement to eliminate light pollution in certain rural communities so that they can become destinations for amateur astronomy and scientific observation. Recently, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park has been certified as an International Dark Sky Park.

An SDRP Ranger was at a booth that day to promote the Coast to Crest Trail,
specifically the sections through Santa Ysabel and Julian, as well as discuss animals of the river park and their adaptations for survival, which is always popular with kids.  SDRVC Volunteer, Carol Kerridge provided information about SDRVC and upcoming outreach events.

Full Moon Hike at Dust Devil Nature Trail

We had a wonderful time exploring the Dust Devil Nature Trail by the light of the full moon last month! Thank you to all who joined us!