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. 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

2014-2015 Program

The program begins each fall with a reception and finishes at the river’s end in the spring. The yearly schedule is as follows:   Monday, September 29, 2014, 5:15 pm – 8:15 pm: “Introductory Reception” at the Powerhouse in Del Mar.   Saturday, October 4, 2014, 9 am – 5 pm: “River Park Overview” at Dudley’s Bakery and on Volcan Mountain.   Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9 am – 4 pm: “Mammals and Tracking” at Santa Ysabel Open Space Preserve East.   (There is no ESP session in December)   Saturday, January 3, 2015, 9 am – 4 pm: “Native Americans” at the San Diego Archaeological Center and on the Clevenger Canyon South Trail.   Saturday, February 7, 2015, 9 am – 4 pm: “Birds of Bernardo Bay” at the Ed Brown Senior Center and at Bernardo Bay (Lake Hodges).   Saturday, March 7, 2015, 9 am – 4 pm: “Geology, Chaparral and Water Resources” at the San Diego Archaeological Center and at Lake Sutherland.   Saturday, March 28, 2015, 9 am – 4 pm: “Piedras Pintadas Botany” at the Ed Brown Senior Center and the Piedras Pintadas Trail at Lake Hodges.   Saturday, May 2, 2015, 9 am – 4 pm: “Lagoon Restoration” and “Graduation Luncheon” 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. APPLICATION:  You can download an application here. 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