San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge is not just a refuge for endangered species, but it is home to lots of activities for adults and kids.
Trails for all Skill Levels
If you are looking for a hike, San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers three trails for you to conquer. The San Diego Coastline trail runs from Chula Vista to Coronado and is approximately 12.5 miles. It is good for all skill levels and has activities along the way. You can also take your bike on this trail if that is more your style.
Another trail is the Living Coast Discovery Center Trail. This trail is approximately one mile and has heavy foot traffic. The hike features activities along the way and beautiful wildflowers. This trail is more of a nature walk than a hike.
Finally, a new half mile trail that runs along the Bayshore Bikeway in Imperial Beach. It is stroller and wheelchair friendly, and great for birdwatching.
Belding's savannah sparrow is a State and Federally protected bird. It is a rare subspecies of the Savannah sparrow. It is distinguished from the Savannah sparrow by having heavier and darker streaking, and a smaller beak profile.
Bird lovers Paradise!
If bird watching is more your style, San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers multiple Bird Walks at Sweetwater Marsh. Every Saturday, the Sweetwater Safari is an interactive guided tour with one of the parks experts. You get binoculars and a checklist to keep track of the birds you spot.
Every second Saturday of the month, there is a Bird Walk that is also at Sweetwater Marsh. This adventure gives you the chance to come close to birds such as the snowy egrets, ospreys, burrowing owls, and Ridgsway’s rails. Make sure to wear comfy shoes and bring binoculars (limited amounts of loaner binoculars are available).
Make your Hike Interactive
Want to have some interactive fun on your hike? Download the Discover Nature app for your mobile device. The app can be used in both Sweetwater Marsh and South Bay. The app asks questions about your journey, and the faster you answer, the more points you receive!
Lots of Fun for your Kids!
Finally, San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers programs just for kids. Sweetwater Marsh Unit provides environmental education to kids and host camps, field trips and events throughout the year.
Also, Habitat Heroes is a new program started in the South Bay. This group gathers to help the growing threat of invasive species. Students and volunteers remove wildlife that is not native to the refuge, as well as clean up and plant new native species to the area.
The students and volunteers work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff.
Here you can also find the new Charlie Keever and Jonathan Sellers Outdoor Education Center where you can get a great view of all of the wildlife in the South Bay.