October 1st, 2018

Community Event October – 20: Birds at Sunset

August 1st, 2018

TRNERR News & Events: August 2018

TRNERR logo   
Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

August 2018 eNewsletter

Border Field Temporary Road Closure
ROAD CLOSURE: Vehicle Entrance Road will be CLOSED due to truck traffic on Fridays – July 27 and August 3, 2018.
PEDESTRIANS & EQUESTRIANS should follow trail detour signs weekdays July 26 – August 8, 2018. Sorry for the inconvenience.

July 28 & 29, August 4 & 5: open to vehicles Saturday & Sunday, 9:30am – 7:00pm. Normal schedule resumes on August 4th.

Advisory Counsel Meeting
Tuesday, August 7th
1:00 – 3:00pm
Tijuana Estuary Training Center
The Advisory Council is the multi-agency body that coordinates policy and operations throughout the Reserve. Through voluntary participation in the Advisory Council, member agencies consent to establish policies, jointly promote Reserve programs, and cooperate to provide resources to accomplish the missions of the Reserve and the constituent land management agencies. Advisory Council meetings are open to the public.
To learn more or check for future meeting dates click here.

Speaker Series – Field Experience
Bringing Back Wetlands: The Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Program
Saturday, August 18
10:00am – Noon
at Border Field SP – registration required
Guest Speaker: Chris Nordby, Restoration Ecologist

Did you know that California has lost more than 90% of its wetlands? Get outside and join us for a walking tour of the restored 20-acre Model Marsh and see nearby degraded habitat where another 75-80 acres are planned for restoration at Border Field State Park. These restoration efforts are stages in a large-scale, multi-phase wetland restoration planning process known as the Tijuana Estuary Tidal Restoration Program (TETRP). Learn more about TETRP and meet one of the experts responsible for bringing wetlands back.
Space is limited, reserve your spot today at

Tijuana River Action Month is Almost Here
September 15 – October 6

Tijuana River Action Month (TRAM) is a series of education and stewardship events held during September and October to benefit the Tijuana River Watershed. The goals of Tijuana River Action Month are twofold:1) to mobilize a record number of community volunteers and groups to become stewards of the Tijuana River Watershed, and 2) to recognize key efforts and investments by public and private agencies, businesses, non-profits, and community groups in protecting and restoring the Tijuana River.

Volunteer registration is now open for all TRAM events. Please follow the links below or on the website to participate in any of our cleanup or restoration events. All events are open to the public and all ages (unless noted) are welcome! Community service available upon request.

September 15, 9am – 12pm
Coastal Cleanup Day – Beach Cleanup
Border Field State Park
September 21, 9am – 12pm
National Public Lands Day – Habitat Restoration
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
September 29, 8:30am – 12pm
Van Tour of Tijuana River NERR
Starting at Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
October 6, 9am – 12pm
Tijuana Slough Beach Cleanup
South end of Seacoast Drive

Tijuana Estuary Explorers Teacher Training
Tuesday, September 18th
3:30 – 6:30pm
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center

“Tijuana Estuary Explorers” is a hands-on, in-class, and field trip program targeted at 3rd – 6th grade students. It incorporates reading, writing, and science into four comprehensive activities about the Tijuana Estuary and its watershed. It is one of our most popular programs!

Download the flyer here.

To learn more about the curriculum and sign up for the training, click here.

San Diego Bay Kayak Tours 
Saturday, August 4, 11, 18, 25
9:30 – 11:30am (weather permitting)
Get closer to nature and experience San Diego Bay on this guided kayak tour. Available for ages 5 and older. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by aparent or legal guardian. Each child under 10 must ride in a kayak with their accompanying adult. All participants must wear life vests and stay with the group. (Pace is based on the slowest paddlers in the group.) This activity may be cancelled at the last minute due to weather conditions, etc. Dates and price are subject to change.

This activity starts at the marina at Loews Resort. Space is limited. $35 per person. Reservations are required by 4 pm the day prior. Call the Loews marina at (619) 424-4466.

Climate Teachers on the Estuary Middle and High School Teacher Training 
October 4 – 6, 2018
NOTE: times and location vary (see flyer)
Tijuana Estuary, in collaboration with the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC Region 9), is hosting the first Climate version of its annual Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE)middle and high school interdisciplinary teacher training. Like the annual TOTE held in May, Climate TOTE is a field-based teacher training program that brings coastal research into the classroom. Climate TOTE will focus on climate related field experiences, ways to help ensure students resiliency to climate impacts, how to empower students to engage in the climate movement, and much more.
To learn more about TOTE and/or sign up for this exciting new opportunity click here.
Tijuana River NERR, 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA 91932

March 21st, 2018

Victoria Touchstone Named the 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year

Victoria Touchstone Named the 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System
Employee of the Year
March 21, 2018

Washington, D.C.​ The National Wildlife Refuge Association has named Victoria Touchstone as our 2018 National Wildlife Refuge System Employee of the Year. Ms. Touchstone is a Refuge Planner for the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex in southern California, and has developed and implemented critical projects that have not only benefited wildlife populations,but also created greater public access for the community.

In her sixteen years with the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Ms. Touchstone has completed multiple major habitat restoration projects, has drafted and finalized four major Comprehensive Conservations Plans for four different refuges, and expanded public access. “Ms. Touchstone’s personal dedication to conserving habitats and protecting wildlife at the San Diego Refuge Complex exemplifies her commitment to her community and to the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Geoffrey Haskett, President of the National Wildlife Refuge Association. “But her commitment to wildlife conservation extends beyond her role with the Refuge System as she rescues wildlife and uses her backyard as a refuge.”

Read the rest of this entry »

March 7th, 2018

CALPA urges you to vote YES on Prop 68

On the June ballot, Californians will have a chance to address some of our state’s most important water, park, and natural resource needs. A vote Yes on Prop. 68 is a vote to support the California Clean Water and Safe Parks Act, a $4 billion investment in the coming years to protect California’s own unique natural resources and ensure every Californian has access to clean drinking water and safe parks.

The California League of Park Associations (CALPA) which supports and advocates for the many nonprofits serving CA State Parks, has joined a broad, bipartisan coalition of conservation groups, local park advocates, water experts, and business organizations supporting Prop 68. The CALPA board encourages all of its member organizations and individual members to join this coalition by clicking on the Join Us link at Yes68CA and sending the on line form to the email address provided. Then use the materials you find on that web page to let YOUR members, supporters, docents and donors know that you support Prop 68. Together we are a powerful voice in our State and can influence our friends and neighbors and our networks to support this important initiative.

Read the rest of this entry »

December 12th, 2017

Hike ‘n Help YOUR SD National Wildlife Refuge

Hike ‘n Help
SD National Wildlife Refuge

(photo San Diego Reader)

Saturday, December 16, 2017 9am-12pm:
SDNWR Hike ‘n Help

Join EDI and the US Fish and Wildlife Service this Saturday (FWS) for a hike to learn about the habitat, then lend a hand to help with a current restoration project. In partnership with the Southern California Wetlands Recovery Program and the California Coastal Conservancy, EDI and FWS are removing weeds and installing native plants along the Sweetwater River. Refuge Manager Jill Terp will walk you through the project area, share info about the creatures and habitats that will benefit, then we’ll rake to remove dry non-native grasses from some of the planting areas. Wear a hat, suncreen and long pants. Bring a water bottle. Water, drinks, and snacks will be provided. 
Follow  Millar Ranch Road south from Campo Road in Ranch San Diego for .2 (2/10) mile to gate on right. Turn in at gate and you will be directed to parking.

Please RSVP! 619-654-3793 or  info@earthdiscovery.org
Site Meter