June 12, 2024

The non-profit Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) is hosting Outdoor Education Elevated, a family-friendly outdoor festival at its Mountain Meadow Preserve headquarters in the Hidden Meadows community of Escondido on April 6, 2024, to introduce the community to its new headquarters and involve attendees in its outdoor education programs.  The stunning 693-acre Mountain Meadow Preserve was created by a partnership of the Conservancy, San Diego County Parks and Recreation and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. 

Register before March 6, 2024, and you will be automatically entered to win an amazing Patagonia Swag Bag worth over $275 consisting of a Patagonia Black Hole Pack 25L, Airshed Cap, QuantuMiir Backcountry Cook Pot, and a copy of 180 Degrees South – Conquerors of the Useless. Special thanks to Patagonia for donating these wonderful items to support our education efforts.

The new Conservancy office and the beautiful Mountain Meadow Preserve will serve as the backdrop for a family-friendly day filled with enlightening outdoor activities and enriching experiences. Offerings of the event will include interpretive hikes led by volunteer naturalists, nature sketching classes, live raptor presentations, vendor booths, and numerous educational activities for children.

Proceeds will be dedicated to launching new outdoor education programs and expand existing offerings which currently serve over 15,000 people each year.  Programs regularly offered by the Conservancy include Habitats: Inquiry into Action with all 3rd grade students in the Escondido Union School District, a 5 day Adventure Camp for 3rd-5th grade students, after school enrichment lessons provided to 1st and 2nd grade students in the Escondido Union School District, and a wide variety of programming at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center.

Join the Conservancy on 4/6/24 by contributing $50 per single adult ticket, $75 for a couple, and $100 for a family. Children 5 and under are free. Lunch is included with registration.

Due to limited parking at the Mountain Meadow Preserve, we have arranged for free nearby offsite parking areas and a free shuttle for the short ride to and from the event. Parking information will be emailed to registrants the week before the event.

Registration information and FAQ’s can be found at : Outdoor Education Elevated – The Escondido Creek Conservancy. For further information, please contact Jeff McNurlan at 760-717-5066 or jeff.mcnurlan@gmail.com.