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A botanical mystery at Mission Trails

By Audrey F. Baker | Trail Guide Among our most spectacular winter blooms is Mission Manzanita. Its 0.3-inch flowers appear December to February, ranging from milk white to rose-pink and blending to yellowish tones at the open end. Prodigious urn-shaped flora assemble in small clusters near branch ends. When moist, these mini-mission bells broadcast opalescent […]

News from the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation – Nov. 18

By Jay Wilson The 5-Peak Challenge enjoyed its first anniversary on Nov. 7. It continues to be a great success as nearly 4,000 people have successfully completed the challenge and registered their accomplishment with Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP). It certainly has accomplished its initial goal of expanding the horizons of hikers to more than […]

News from the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation – Oct. 21

By Jay Wilson Summer recap During the summer, the Visitor Center enjoyed a facelift on the second floor of the Exhibit Hall with the unveiling of two new exhibits: The “Wonderful Wildlife of Mission Trails,” with its two 42-inch touchscreen monitors depicting spectacular photographs and information for a wide variety of the wildlife of Mission […]

Glimpsing nature’s beauty at Mission Trails Regional Park

By Audrey F. Baker Nearly 3 1/2-feet tall with a 5-plus-foot wingspan, the Great Egret firmly stands in the sediments of Mother Earth, grounding itself against the ebb of fresh or salt water. A member of the Heron family, this poised, exacting fisherman stoically waits, and then takes its catch by precision movement of its […]

Gear up for Halloween at Mission Trails Regional Park

By Audrey F. Baker Halloween celebrates nature and nature celebrates Halloween! The scene is set. It’s all here, at Mission Trail Regional Park. Cooler temperatures bring a crispness, and underfoot, fallen leaves of monstrously tall sycamores sound an eerie crunch. Against the skyline, hoary oaks with massive twisted branches are sorcerers, hiding spooky critters on […]

Have a September to remember at Mission Trails Regional Park

By Audrey F. Baker Inspiration and its partner imagination are key components of the human spirit. What better place to exercise these attributes than at Mission Trails Regional Park, where time spent in nature stimulates, motivates and improves your sense of well-being. Surround yourself in the green world and benefit from interaction with the natural environment. […]

News from the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation – Aug. 22, 2016

By Jay Wilson Two new exhibits The “Wildlife of Mission Trails,” with its two 42-inch touchscreen monitors, and “Wildland Fires,” featuring a video emphasizing the danger of flying embers from wildland fires, are the newest exhibits on display upstairs in the Exhibit Hall of the Visitor Center. Touch the wildlife monitor and you can select […]

News from the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation – July 15, 2016

By Jay Wilson Mission Trails says goodbye to a great Senior Ranger. For the past two years, Andy Quinn has served as an outstanding Senior Ranger for Mission Trails Regional Park. Unfortunately for us, he has accepted a new position as a district manager for the San Diego County’s Park and Recreation Department, which he […]