Outdoors

  • Hit the trails in Carmel Valley

    Hit the trails in Carmel Valley

    In the new year, many make a resolution to exercise and get more active. Carmel Valley has plenty of options to get outside. Check out some of these local trails for walking, running, cycling or horseback riding: CVREP Trail Distance: 2 miles  Trailhead: Clews Ranch Road off Carmel Country Road,...

  • Volunteers expand coastal dunes for endangered species at San Elijo Lagoon

    Volunteers expand coastal dunes for endangered species at San Elijo Lagoon

    While some San Diegans built sandcastles at the beach this past sunny Saturday, dozens of local volunteers spent hours building “sandcastles” for wildlife. About 40 people helped dig and dump sand June 18 to expand coastal dune habitat for endangered species at San Elijo Lagoon. “We’re really lucky...

  • Tips for attracting butterflies, birds

    Tips for attracting butterflies, birds

    Summer brings the garden alive with flowers, butterflies and birds. The right flowers and plants will attract all of them. Follow these tips and watch the butterflies come. Butterflies like their flowers to be in the sun. Butterflies need two different types of plants. Nectar plants provide the...

  • A new summer camp is opening soon for children from Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Solana Beach and surrounding communities.

    A new summer camp is opening soon for children from Del Mar, Carmel Valley, Solana Beach and surrounding communities.

    Headed by longtime Solana Beach teacher Mike Bentz, Keystone South Summer Camp is set to offer two sessions at Solana Pacific School in Carmel Valley. “We are truly a multidimensional camp experience, so we are not focused on one area or activity,” said Bentz, founder and director of Keystone South...

  • Pancake Breakfast and Carnival

    Pancake Breakfast and Carnival

    The popular Pancake Breakfast and Carnival at Paul Ecke Central Elementary School (PEC) took place May 21. Encinitas Firefighters kicked off the event serving a Pancake Breakfast alongside Encinitas Mayor Kristin Gaspar. The firefighters will donate their proceeds from the breakfast to serve the...

  • EcoFest Encinitas

    EcoFest Encinitas

    EcoFest Encinitas took place May 15 at Coastal Roots Farm, a nonprofit community farm and education center on Quail Gardens Drive. Presented by North County Eco Alliance and supported by a variety of sponsors, EcoFest is a celebration of community and green ways of living. The event included an...

  • Pictures: Surfers score good waves at Swami’s

    Pictures: Surfers score good waves at Swami’s

    Surfers took advantage of big waves and good conditions on March 5 at Swami’s Beach in Encinitas. Rain and strong winds are expected this upcoming weekend, making for potentially poor waves. Photos by Jared Whitlock

  • Farm to Food Pantry

    Farm to Food Pantry

    Volunteers harvest produce from Olivenhain farm for St. Andrew’s Church pantry

  • Volunteers plant ambitious ‘food forest’ on Leichtag land

    Volunteers plant ambitious ‘food forest’ on Leichtag land

    A “food forest” that will welcome community foraging, feed the poor and train the next generation of farmers recently took root at the Leichtag Foundation property in Encinitas. More than 200 volunteers on Jan. 24 planted 1,000 trees along sloped Leichtag land, with ocean views as the backdrop....

  • Gardening with Mother Evelyn: fruit tree tips

    Gardening with Mother Evelyn: fruit tree tips

    January is the best time to plant fruit trees like peaches, apricots, etc. When it comes to citrus, wait for spring. You don’t want Jack Frost to freeze your new orange tree! Every garden, no matter how small, can have some fresh fruit. Tip No. 1: Begin with the right variety Because you live...

  • Quick tips for growing beautiful poinsettias

    Quick tips for growing beautiful poinsettias

    Poinsettias and Christmas go together. You most likely have a Poinsettia that is an Ecke variety and a part of Encinitas history. There are Ecke variety poinsettias in every color and variation you can imagine. You want to see it bloom through the holidays and live to bloom again next year. Last...

  • Thanksgiving Fun Run to benefit Woodward Center

    A Thanksgiving Family Fun Run to benefit the Helen Woodward Animal Center will be held on Thursday, Nov. 26, from 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at the Del Mar Racetrack. The event features a one-mile run around the race track. Participants receive racetrack admission, free event parking, a Fun-Run T-shirt...

  • Coastal Roots Farm launches apprenticeship program

    Coastal Roots Farm launches apprenticeship program

    Coastal Roots Farm announces the launch of its farm apprenticeship program, as well as the hiring of Simcha Schwartz, the Apprenticeship and Associate Program Director. “We’re so proud to bring such a diverse and amazing group of young farmers to this community,” said Daron “Farmer D” Joffe, interim...

  • Middle School Cross Country Race

    Middle School Cross Country Race

    The Diegueno Middle School Junior Mavericks hosted a Middle School Cross Country Race at Moonlight Beach Oct. 15. About 500 student athletes from around North County schools participated in the event, which was sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club of Encinitas. Photos by McKenzie Images.

  • Cardiff Surf Classic promotes the environment

    Cardiff Surf Classic promotes the environment

    Environmental organizations and San Diegans came together Oct. 10 and 11 at the Cardiff Surf Classic and Green Expo to promote various environmental causes. The event was held at Cardiff State Beach and organized by Cardiff 101 Mainstreet. Green businesses, nonprofits and government groups exhibited...

  • Gardening with Evelyn: Strategies to help your succulent garden survive El Niño

    Gardening with Evelyn: Strategies to help your succulent garden survive El Niño

    It’s not fair. We have all been saving water by tearing out our lawns and planting succulents. Low water, almost no water. Now El Niño with torrential rains is coming. Will your succulents survive or die? What can you do now before the rains come? It’s all about good drainage. Succulents can take...

  • Encinitas Community Garden Grand Opening

    Encinitas Community Garden Grand Opening

    A Grand Opening was held Oct. 3 for the Encinitas Community Garden (441 Quail Gardens Drive). The mission of the Encinitas Community Garden “is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Encinitas by creating an organic garden that provides access to a site where locally produced food can...

  • Lima Bean Cookoff

    Lima Bean Cookoff

    The San Dieguito Heritage Museum hosted its seventh annual Lima Bean Cookoff Sept. 26 on the museum grounds. In addition to the Cookoff and tastings, the event included lima bean crafts, kids’ games, bake sale, silent auction, plant sale, and tours of the museum and Teten House. For more information,...

  • Eastern warbler seen near Cottonwood Creek in Encinitas

    A bird from the eastern United States was spotted far from home recently, near Cottonwood Creek in Moonlight Beach State Park. Jimmy McMorran of Leucadia observed a mourning warbler on Sept. 14 in the riparian area west of Coast Highway 101 in Encinitas and got photos of it. He posted his find...

  • North County Schools Cross Country Championship

    North County Schools Cross Country Championship

    The North County Schools Cross Country Championship was held Sept. 20 on the grounds of the historic Meeting Hall on Rancho Santa Fe Road. Kids ages 5-14 had the opportunity to learn about and participate in the sport of cross-country running. For more information, visit www.runkids.org. Photos...

  • Daily Harvest Express brings the garden to your home or office

    Daily Harvest Express brings the garden to your home or office

    No time to go to the farmers market? No problem — there’s one that will come to you. Daily Harvest Express LLC delivers organic fruits and vegetables from local farms to customers’ front doors, businesses’ break rooms and schools. It also has a mobile farm truck cart service that visits companies...

  • ‘Gala in the Garden’

    ‘Gala in the Garden’

    San Diego Botanic Garden’s 16th annual “Gala in the Garden” took place Sept. 12. The 2015 Presenting Sponsor was Olive Hill Greenhouses, and this year’s theme was “Deep Roots … Growth & Gardens,” which commemorates the origins of the Garden, its foundation in the community and its bountiful growth...

  • Encinitas' Solana Center offers courses explaining composting, xeriscape

    These workshops are offered at different sites through the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation: • Free Carlsbad Master Composter Course, 5:30-8 p.m. Thursdays, Sept. 10-Oct. 8 (five weeks); Calavera Hills Community Center & Calavera Schoolhouse Community Garden, Calavera Hills Community...

  • 3rd annual Iron Mike Paddle set for Aug. 15 in Solana Beach

    The Solana Beach Lifeguard Association, local business Paddle Planet, and city of Solana Beach are gearing up for the third annual Iron Mike Paddle. The community event — held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at Fletcher Cove in Solana Beach — will include a five-mile paddleboard race (prone...

  • ‘Dog Days of Summer’ festival

    ‘Dog Days of Summer’ festival

    Cardiff-by-the-Sea held its popular “Dog Days of Summer” festival Aug. 8. This annual one-day street fair for dogs and dog lovers was held on Newcastle Ave., Aberdeen Drive and Liverpool Drive. The event, which was hosted by Cardiff 101 Main Street, featured four different dog contests, including...

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