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May 10, 2011 (San Diego) --  Mission Trails Regional Park, one of our City’s least known, great treasures, is open every day. But only once a year do dozens of volunteers, Park Rangers and community leaders host a large free event to help San Diegans learn more about their Park and how to enjoy it.  On Saturday, May 21, residents of all ages are invited to the 2011 event: Explore Mission Trails Day  On May 21, 2011, Mission Trails will hold activities free for all ages.

The younger children can learn about things like bats, nature walks, raptors, reptiles, and other animals. There will also be pony rides for the kids (until 1:30 p.m.)  Older kids and adults will find nature discovery stations, a rock-climbing wall, hiking pole demos (7:30-11 a.m.). There will also be a star-gazing party.



The activities on May 21 will take place in several different areas of the diverse park, but will be focused mainly around the Visitor and Interpretive Center and the Equestrian Staging Area at SR52 and Mast Blvd.  A bird walk, entitled “Birds of Kumeyaay Lake” will begin at 8 a.m. at the Kumeyaay Lake Campground.  Most other events will take place between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., with child-themed nature walks occurring early in the day.  However, a special Ranger-led “Twilight Walk” will begin at 7 p.m. from the Kumeyaay Lake Campground (reservations for this event are required: call 619-668-2748), followed by a star-gazing event at 8 p.m., weather permitting.


Mission Trails Regional Park, often referred to as the third jewel in the City of San Diego Parks System, along with Balboa Park and Mission Bay Park, is managed by the City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department. MTRP is the largest of the three parks. Many of the year-round opportunities at MTRP are made possible through partnership with the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, Inc., a 501(c) 3, non-profit public benefit corporation created to provide fund-raising and special programs for the Park.  EMTD is an annual joint venture of the Park and Recreation Department and the MTRP Foundation.

A detailed map of the park and complete schedule of Explore Mission Trails Day events, including book signings by authors, nature walks and arts and crafts activities are available online at www.mtrp.org or at the Visitor and Interpretive Center information desk.  Volunteers can also answer questions at (619) 668-3281.

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