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Participants from across the county to join to explore and protect the Upper San Diego River

On March 9 and 10, San Diego River Park Foundation is heading to the headwaters to Save the Source!  This weekend, they will be coordinating six events to engage the community in exploring and caring for the upper San Diego River watershed. The lineup of events this year includes two nature hikes and a water quality hike, an open house and tour of the newly con

served Fisherman’s Camp at Boulder Creek Preserve, a trail maintenance project at the Eagle Peak Preserve, and an open house at the Santa Ysabel Backcountry Visitors’ Center.

The San Diego River flows from its headwaters near Julian for 52 miles to its mouth at Ocean Beach.  Much of the upper 20 miles of the San Diego River are pristine wilderness areas, but they are still in need of people to care for them.  This year, the River Park Foundation is teaming up with the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, the San Diego Canyoneers, and the Santa Ysabel General Store partners to bring you these opportunities to go stretch your legs in our beautiful backcountry.

“Our Save the Source program is dedicated to keeping the San Diego River and surrounding habitat and open spaces clean and healthy for people and wildlife,” says Rob Hutsel, Executive Director of the San Diego River Park Foundation. “This event is designed to give the community the opportunity to join with knowledgeable guides to explore this incredible scenic treasure.”

With support from the community, the San Diego River Park Foundation has directly conserved more than 1,000 acres of pristine wild lands to protect critical wildlife and trail connections.  Most recently, they have celebrated the acquisition of the iconic West Face of El Cajon Mountain and wild trout habitat in Boulder Creek.

There is still room to get involved in some of these events.  Visit for event information and to RSVP.

The San Diego River Park Foundation’s mission is to engage people to work toward a better future for the historic San Diego River and the creation of a 52 mile river parkway from the mountains to the ocean.  The River Park Foundation is a non-profit community-based organization that was founded in 2001. Since its founding, it has grown to more than 8,000 supporters and annually organizes volunteers who contribute more than 20,000 hours of service to San Diego.  Visit


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