San Diego Canyonlands
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Youth Programs


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The Canyon Connections Program engages youth in educational programs followed by targeted stewardship activities in their neighborhood canyons. The program includes free, public weekend events targeting families and youth groups. Each event has a different theme, such as plants, bugs or watershed science, to engage students with a variety of interests. The first half of each event is the educational component, followed by the stewardship opportunity that directly connects with the lesson. For example, if the theme of the event was watershed science, students would learn about how water flows from the streets through our canyons and creeks down to San Diego Bay and then pick up trash to keep it from polluting our waterways. By making the canyons relevant and interesting to the youth and their families, and then subsequently providing them an opportunity to take care of these open spaces, we are creating a sense of ownership and responsibility with immediate engagement.


A collaboration with the Ocean Discovery Institute that brings standards-based curriculum to the classroom with educational field trips to the canyons. The goal of the Kids in Canyons project is to connect local youth to nature, educate them about the natural environment, and build their appreciation for it by using neighborhood canyons as Nature Classrooms. San Diego Canyonlands provides hands-on habitat restoration experiences to the youth that participate in this program.


Offers learning opportunities for high school and middle school students to "learn as they earn" their required community service credits by helping with canyon stewardship activities. To learn more, visit our Community Service page.

California Sea Grant, Ocean Discovery Institute, and San Diego Canyonlands are teaming up with local schools to cleanup Manzanita Canyon. The project integrates urban native greening, invasive plant and trash removal, and the engagement of the community and local decision makers in order to sustainably improve water quality, and the climate resilience of urban ecosystems. This is a clip from "The Time is Now; The Future is Here."