River Valley Conservancy taking applications for 2016 nature program

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is taking applications for its popular “Exploring Our Sense of Place” (ESP) 2016 program.

This eight-session program makes it possible for participants, guided by experts, to experience the San Dieguito River Valley in all seasons, to follow the path from mountain to sea, to encounter plant, animal and human inhabitants, and to connect to the River Valley with their heart and minds. It includes a reception, seven excursions, and a special “reflection time.”

This program, which sells out quickly, was created by Chris Khoury and Linda Corey of Escondido to provide an opportunity to get to know and grow to love the exceptional biodiversity of this region.

Sponsored by the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy, more than 175 Explorers have graduated from the program, all of whom are now able to participate in ESP Alumni hikes and educational experiences.

“At the final excursion of each seminar series, Explorers are asked to evaluate their ESP experience. The average of these responses has been 4.7 out 5. Many ESP Explorers comment that ESP has been a life-changing experience,” said Trish Boaz, Executive Director of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy.

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy is a non-profit 501(c)3 dedicated to preserving, protecting and restoring natural and cultural resources within the 55-mile-long San Dieguito watershed. The headwaters flow from springs on Volcan Mountain north of Julian and meander some 55 miles through conifer and oak woodlands, grasslands, and chaparral to the San Dieguito Lagoon, between Del Mar and Solana Beach. The Conservancy practices sustainable natural and cultural resource management and provides recreational activities and environmental education to the greater San Diego community.

The tuition is $250 and includes two texts, course materials, and lectures by local experts. Participants provide their own brown bag lunches, hiking supplies and equipment.

Enrollment is limited to 25 participants in order to maximize the experience for participants, who must be San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy members.

For information, to sign up as a member, or to become a member and sign up for the class, visit