Exploring Our Sense of Place

A JOURNEY DOWN
THE SAN DIEGUITO RIVER:
Exploring Our Sense of Place

A Seminar Series in the Field

You can’t know who you are until you know where you are.”  - Wendell Berry

 

The Exploring Our Sense of Place(ESP) program is an 8-session seminar series in the field that includes a reception, 7 hikes with lectures by experts, and special reflective time. The program allows participants to experience the San Dieguito River Valley in all seasons, to follow its path from mountain to sea, to encounter plant, animal and human inhabitants, and to connect to the River Valley with their heart and minds. For more detailed information, visit the on-line Exploring Our Sense of Place Campus.

The ESP program is for those who want to learn more about the San Dieguito River Park and strengthen their connection to nature, are able to hike at a relaxed pace for 3-4 miles, and are willing to make a commitment to attend at least 6 of the 8 sessions.

Would you like to…

Follow its path from mountain to sea?

Encounter its plant, animal and human inhabitants?

Hear stories of the valley’s origins and first peoples?

Connect to the River Valley with your heart as well as your mind

The program begins each fall with a reception and finishes at the river’s end in the spring. The yearly schedule is as follows:

October:  Introductory Reception at the Powerhouse in Del Mar

October:  ”River Park Overview” at Dudley’s Bakery and on Volcan Mountain

November:  ”Mammals & Tracking” at Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve East

January:  ”Native Americans” at the San Diego Archeological Center and on the Clevenger Canyon South Trail

February:  ”Birds” at the Ed Brown Senior Center and at Bernardo Bay (Lake Hodges)

March:  ”Geology and Chaparral” at the San Diego Archeological Center and at Lake Sutherland

April:  ”Piedras Pintadas Botany” at the Ed Brown Senior Center and at the Piedras Pintadas Trail at Lake Hodges

May:  ”Lagoon Restoration and Graduation” at the San Dieguito Lagoon

TUITION:  $250 per person, which includes the two textbooks, course materials, and lectures by local experts on the topics. Participants must provide their own brown bag lunches and hiking supplies. If you are registering as a couple and want only one set of textbooks and course materials, joint tuition is $450.

ENROLLMENT:  Enrollment begins each spring and is limited to 25 participants, in order to maximize the experience for participants.  All interested persons must have the ability to hike at least 3-4 miles at each session, should be able to commit to at least 6 of the 8 sessions, and must be SDRVC members.

We are currently full for the 2012-2013 season. If you would like to learn more about the program, or would like to be put on the waiting list for next season, please contact the Program Administrators Jim and Cheryl Coffee at administrator@exploringoursenseofplace.org or 541-247-9779.

CONTACT:  If you would like to learn more about the ESP program, please contact the Program Administrators Jim and Cheryl Coffee at administrator@exploringoursenseofplace.org or 541-247-9779.

Photographs provided by James Coffee Studios
Photographs provided by James Coffee Studios