San Diego's Junior Park Ranger Program

Teach Kids Ecology This Summer!

By Torrey Pines State Park June 19, 2019

Looking for a fun educational activity for your youngster this summer? Consider the Junior Park Ranger Program, check out these free programs!

Junior Rangers @ Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

Children (ages 7-12 only) can participate in this free California State Parks interpretive program *Registration Required.

Kids learn about nature and earn awards!

Red Butte Trail–June 20th, Thursday 

Learn about our rare Torrey pine trees and the wildlife of the park on this easy, 1/2 mile trail to the Red Butte overlook. Bring water and arrive ready to hike!

Insects & Spiders –June 21st, Friday 

Get up close and personal with some of our beautiful, creepy, and mysterious critters of Torrey Pines! After, we will go on a short hike to find insects. Please wear attire for crafts.

Parry Grove Trail– June 27th, Thursday 

Descend the stone steps of one of the most beautiful trails in the reserve! Learn about the Torrey Pine trees and look for endangered birds.Please expect to be hiking for at least 1 mile on this day. Bring water & arrive ready to hike!

Living with the Kumeyaay – June 28th, Friday

See how early Native Americans— known as the Kumeyaay, lived in our reserve. We will learn about the plants and wildlife that they relied on for their survival! Please wear attire for crafts.

Broken Hill (South) Trail– July 11th, Thursday

Explore one of the hidden gems of San Diego on this special hike to the Broken Hill scenic overlook! Be ready to hike on flat trail for 2 miles. Bring water and arrive ready to hike!

Tracks & Mammals– July 12th, Friday 

Learn about our nocturnal mammals that live in Torrey Pines and the tracks they leave behind.Please wear appropriate attire for making crafts.

Reptiles of California– July 18th, Thursday 

Learn about some of the stunning reptiles of California! Reptile expert Jeff Nordland will be bringing live reptiles. Get a chance to touch live snakes and lizards!

“iNaturalists” of Guy Fleming Trail– July 19th, Friday

Contribute to citizen science! Join us for a unique day where we will be using “iNaturalist”as citizen scientists to record and take pictures of wildlife. Parents are encouraged to join us on this final hike! Please bring a device for taking photos (such as cameras or phones). Meet at Guy Fleming Trailhead at 10:30 AM and be sure to use restrooms beforehand.

Programs begin at at the Visitor Center.Programs end at 12:00 P.M (1.5 hours). Please plan to arrive early to check in at the Visitor Center (except for July 19, at Guy Fleming trailhead)!

Sign up by sending an email to with the child’s name, age, date of program, adult’s name, and cell phone number.Limited to 15 each day. Walk-ins allowed only if space is available.This is a free program supported by the Torrey Pines Docent Society and California State Parks.

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