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Mission Trails

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 […]

Encountering nature at Mission Trails Regional Park

By Audrey F. Baker, Trail Guide For ancient Greeks, the word “psyche” had two meanings — butterfly and soul. The striking beauty and fragility of these fleeting creatures leaves an extraordinary impression. Lorquin’s Admiral (Limenitis lorquini), found along the willow-lined waters of Mission Trails Regional Park, is a true marvel. Its name honors French Entomologist […]

Summer activities, events at Mission Trails Regional Park

By Jay Wilson “Connecting with Nature” was the theme of the 14th annual Explore Mission Trails Day on May 21. Over 3,000 families and friends participated from the Visitor Center to the East Fortuna Staging Area. There were the ever-popular pony rides; you could climb the rock wall; take a guided nature walk; check out […]

Mission Trails Regional Park is the bee’s knees

By Audrey F. Baker The 1920s catchphrase, “it’s the bee’s knees,” expressing the height of excellence, sums up a day that includes time spent under the umbrella of nature at Mission Trails Park. Honey bees pack and carry the richest pollen in tiny baskets located at the mid-segment of their legs. Your emersion into nature […]

News from the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation – May 20, 2016

By Jay Wilson Explore Mission Trails Day “Connecting with Nature” is the theme for the 2016 Explore Mission Trails Day to be held on Saturday, May 21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This popular event features free guided nature walks, talks and programs throughout the park, including live animals and special programs for children.