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February 2, 2019 (San Diego’s East County) – Nearly every day is a great day to be outdoors when it comes to San Diego County Parks and Recreation. Are you ready for an adventure? We can help with that. Here are some ideas for the month of February at parks in East County.

Library Lovers Day

3 – 4 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14
Lincoln Acres County Park
2717 Granger Ave., National City, 91950 
Join rangers and live animal ambassadors as we celebrate Library Lovers Day! Meet a few members of the local wildlife community - and learn all about them in an 
array of library books! Take nature education to the next level at this collaborative event. For more information, call the park at 858-565-3600.
Secrets of the Chaparral
10 a.m. – 12 p.m, Saturday, Feb. 9
Flinn Springs County Park
14787 Old Highway 80, El Cajon, 92021 
The Chaparral habitat holds many secrets that you probably wouldn't know about unless you really look and listen closely. On this hike, we will share those secrets with you. For more information, call the park at 619-561-0180.
Rain or Shine Summit Hike
10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23
Volcan Mountain Wilderness Preserve
1209 Farmer Road at Wynola Road, Julian, 92036
Let's embrace the uncertainty of February's weather with a hike to the top of Volcan Mountain. Join Park Attendant Eric on this moderately strenuous 6-mile round-trip hike through Manzanita and oak forests. Rain and wind or clear and calm, the hike is on! Park along Farmer Road. For more information, call the park at 760-765-4098 or 760-814-0208.
Native American Hike
2 – 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23
Lake Morena County Park
2550 Lake Morena Drive, Campo, 91906
Join a ranger for a short and scenic hike along the Lake Morena shoreline. Learn about the Kumeyaay tribes that inhabited the area, and visit actual village sites. Bring sunscreen and water, and wear comfortable shoes. For more information, call the park at 619-579-4101.
Owl Discovery
10 – 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 17
Louis A. Stelzer County Park
11470 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, 92040 
Learn about the owls that live around Louis A. Stelzer County Park. Find out how the owls’ digestive system works. Discover what the owl food web looks like and how to figure out what an owl ate during a meal (hint: we'll be dissecting owl pellets). We'll bring to light how these birds of prey survive and behave. These activities are designed for children ages 5 to 12. Be ready for a short hike and bring water. RSVP required; call 619-561-0580.
Otay Valley Regional Park Adventure Passport Butterfly Day
9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23
Otay Valley Regional Park
2155 Beyer Blvd., San Diego, 92154
Join us as we plant native milkweed plants to help transform the park into a Monarch Butterfly sanctuary! Bring your OVRP Adventure Passport to collect your stamp for this fun event! Gardening gloves encouraged. Meet at 1769 Rios Ave. Chula Vista, CA 91911. RSVP by Feb. 16 to
Magnificent Metamorphosis Explorer Program
2-3 p.m. Feb. 9, March 8, April 12
Otay Lakes County Park
2270 Wueste Rd., Chula Vista,  91915
Join Ranger Lauren to learn about metamorphosis and the Monarch butterfly.  We will explore a real Monarch butterfly habitat and do a couple of crafts about the "King of Butterflies" life cycle.  To RSVP for this event, call 619-482-7361.  For more information, visit
2019 Oakoasis Star Party
5:30 - 7 p.m. Feb. 9
Oakoasis County Preserve
12620 Wildcat Canyon Rd., Lakeside, 92040
Join park rangers and the San Diego Astronomy Association for an evening of stargazing, astronomy and campfire fun.  Arrive at sunset for a twilight hike to search for bats and scorpions!  Adults can geek out on astronomy and everyone will enjoy optic-friendly s'mores.  For more information, visit
Stargazing and Movie Featuring Solo: a Star Wars Story
5 - 9 p.m. March 9
Hellhole Canyon County Preserve
19324 Santee Lane, Valley Center, 92082
Join the Friends of Hellhole Canyon for a thrilling, star-themed event!  Activities include a craft with park rangers followed by Solo:  a Star Wars Story.  The event will conclude with stargazing.  Dress warmly and wear comfortable shoes.  Gaze up at the night sky, talk with local astronomers and see if you can locate Luke's home planet of Tatooine!  For more information, visit


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