Explore MTRP Day

***Due to construction of the new field station at the East Fortuna Staging Area, "Explore Mission Trails Day" has been cancelled for 2018 and will not be held until further notice.***  

Connecting with Nature was the theme for the 2017 Explore Mission Trails Day held on Saturday, May 20th, at the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) East Fortuna Staging Area (EFSA).  This popular event featured free guided nature walks, talks and programs throughout the park, including live animals and special programs for children. There were free pony rides and a mini mountain bike track presented by the San Diego Mountain Bike Association, a climbing wall, crafts for children, and many Discovery Stations.

Explore Mission Trails Day - May 20, 2017

FREE FAMILY FUN - Most activities 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Full schedule of event  (download handout with event map)

Discovery Station Area

  • Discover Nature Activity Displays
  • Food for Purchase—Burgers, hotdogs, chips, sodas  11AM to 2PM

Comfort Station Building

  • Mission Trails Park Information & First-Aid Station
  • Restrooms
  • Mini Nature Hikes—10:30AM, 11:30AM & 12:30PM. Meet at Information Booth. Each walk is approx 30 minutes. Complete details.

Pony Ride Area

  • Pony Rides for Children—9AM to 12:30PM only
  • Kids Crafts

Outdoor Recreation & Public Safety Area

  • Rock Climbing Wall
  • Mini Mountain Bike Track
  • Kids Crafts & Ranger Activities
  • Recreation & Public Safety Displays

Kumeyaay Lake Campground

  • Birds of Kumeyaay Lake walk—8 to 10AM
  • Twilight Walk—7 to 8:30PM
  • Star Party—7:30 to 10PM  Weather permitting
Children will enjoy the Mini Mountain Bike course presented by the San Diego Mountain Bike Assn.
Getting ready for a pony ride at the East Fortuna Staging Area


Enjoying crafts at the East Fortuna Staging Area

Thank you to our sponsors:

City of San Diego Special Promotional Program, County of  San Diego Community Enhancement Program, Republic Services, Superior Ready Mix REI, Lightspeed Outdoors, San Diego Family Magazine, San Diego Community News Network