Nature Walks

Get outdoors with GEA!

Nature Walks

Get to really know two of San Diego’s common habitats—chaparral and coastal sage scrub. Meet at one of four parks and preserves, and learn about the native plants, wildlife habitats, and conservation issues. Walks will be led by Seniors and Ambassadors trained as Nature Guides. The following week, meet the local Ranger in a webinar (zoom) and share photos, stories, and advice about your recreation experience at the nature site.

  • San Dieguito River Park

  • Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • Mission Trails Regional Park

  • Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve

Troops and individual Girl Scouts can attend nature walks along with a leader, parent and guardian (not a drop-off event). Fall 2022 dates have not been set yet (as of September 12).

Nature Guide Internship

Learn to lead hikes, explore local ecology, and meet other outdoor-loving older girls! Five Seniors and Ambassadors were selected for this internship, which focuses on certifying older girls as chaparral nature guides. The nature guide training was led by Naturalist guide and trainer Rick Halsey, Ambassadors Anneliese and Katie, and advisor Anne Fege. Bi-weekly meetings were held (virtual) from January to April, 2022.

Training featured chaparral ecology, local conservation issues, activities for observing and connecting with nature, and field practice (with partners or small groups). Interns led in-person local field trips with Cadettes and Seniors in April and May, 2022. In the future, nature guides will develop materials for leading nearby nature walks with Brownies and Juniors within their Service Unit. Interested in future nature guide training? Send email to afege@aol.comor call Anne Fege at 858-472-1293.