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April 4, 2010 (San Diego) -- The County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation invites the public to kick off Earth Day on April 22 by camping free for one night at any of eight camping parks.


"What better way to celebrate Earth Day than by getting outdoors?” said Brian Albright, Director of County of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation. “Our campgrounds are places where nature converges with fresh air, clean water and beautiful landscapes, and on Earth Day it’s all free.”


The campgrounds will host Earth Day events and activities. Locations include:
Agua Caliente in the Anza Borrego Desert: A popular location in the winter due to its hot springs, which feed two outdoor and one indoor pool. Wildflowers should be bursting with color in April and May. Events.

Dos Picos in Ramona: Sheltered by steep, boulder-strewn mountains and ancient oak groves, this park offers a variety of ranger-led programs, including rock painting, nature hikes, and fishing.

Guajome in Oceanside: Just minutes from the ocean, it features a small lake, miles of hiking trails and the historic Rancho Guajome Adobe, offering insight into life in the area in the 1800s.

Lake Morena in Campo: Features fishing, boating, and hiking along the Pacific Crest Trail. Events

Potrero in Potrero: Quiet solitude best describes this park, but it’s also near some adventurous places such as historic Campo and the Mexican town of Tecate. Events.

Sweetwater Summit in Bonita: Offers miles of trails for hikers, bikers and horseback riders as well as spectacular views of the Sweetwater Valley.

Vallecito in the Anza Borrego Desert: Site of the reconstructed sod Butterfield Stage Station.

William Heise in Julian: Peaceful mountain meadows provide the setting for miles of trails.

Advanced reservations are recommended. For more information on these parks and details, visit


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