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Birdwing Open-Air classroom
Ribbon Cutting - Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Birdwing Open Air Classroom during the ceremony. Photo © Ann Gardner
Birdwing Open Air Classroom during the ceremony. Photo © Ann Gardner
Trying to unfurl the ribbon in the wind. 
Photo © Virginia Lawrence, Sandpiper
A beautiful blustery morning greeted celebrants at the May 13 ribbon cutting ceremony for the San Dieguito River Park’s Birdwing, a new open air class room set above the San Dieguito wetlands just east of I-5.  Surrounded by lagoon, wetlands, hillside vistas and a cloudless sky, some 300 River Park supporters including volunteers, donors, designers and contractors, neighbors, staff and bunches of school children took the path from the San Andres trailhead to the gathering.  County Supervisor Dave Roberts spoke of the thriving River Park, now just past its 25-year mark and looking forward to the next fifty!  Former Supervisor Pam Slater Price recalled the early efforts to win Southern California Edison’s mitigation project, the largest in the country, that has resulted in the restoration of fallow former farmlands into a “Grand Canyon” of river habitat, fish and bird reserves as well as hiking, bicycling and equestrian trails from Del Mar to Julian.   The Park has already scheduled free public programs at the Birdwing through July.  The first are this weekend:  SATURDAY, May 17, Chaparral, Estuaries and Grizzly Bears- Fall in Love with Nature, 10 a.m. and Stories: Art and Nature, 2 p.m.  On SUNDAY, a Coastal Hike and Yoga on the Beach, 8:30 a.m. and REI Backcountry Skills, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  All programs take place at the Open Air Classroom located off the San Andres staging area.  Go to www.sdrp.org for the complete schedule and more info.

Faulconer has restored funding
for the San Dieguito River Park.

Letter from Mayor Faulconer to County Supervisor Dave Roberts


Save our Boardwalk
Online Petition

Petition by San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.
The San Dieguito Boardwalk Trail was built by volunteers to protect wetlands while providing people of all ages and abilities the opportunity to enjoy and study nature. The San Dieguito Boardwalk Trail is a valuable community asset that promotes environmental education and appreciation of our unique lagoon wetland environment.

This petition will be delivered to:
California Coastal Commission, Charles Lester

Readers can sign the online petition here

Read Ann Gardner's article Boardwalk Blues
in the May 2014 Sandpiper here

San Dieguito River Watershed

San Dieguito River Watershed.  Courtesy JPA

From the mountains to the sea, the 55-mile-long San Dieguito River originates at Volcan Mountain in the Cleveland National Forest.  From there, it meanders through Lake Sutherland, San Pasqual Valley, Lake Hodges, the Del Dios Gorge and the San Dieguito Lagoon to the river’s mouth in Del Mar.  The river and its major tributaries flow through sensitive natural habitats, including oak/pine woodlands, sage scrub, and coastal wetlands, creating a network of critical wildlife habitats.

Our Mission 


Established in 1986 as a non-profit, and supported by a network of members and affiliates, the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley promotes and supports conservation, restoration, preservation and enhancement of the natural scenic, ecological and open-space resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through advocacy, study, monitoring, and education.



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