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5 Great Ways to Enjoy GREEN Friday

Make new memories this Thanksgiving weekend by exploring the upside of outside in your hometown. We’re turning “Black Friday” GREEN with outdoor adventures the whole family will enjoy!


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Fill your calendar with some fun in the sun on Nov. 23. Take a hike, tour a canyon, meet an animal ambassador - it's all possible at parks from the top to the bottom of San Diego County. Here are five great ways to celebrate Green Friday:   

VISIT A PARK – ANY PARK – FOR FREE!
On Friday, Nov. 23, parking fees will be waived at all County Parks and preserves. The day-use fee is usually $3 per vehicle, per day, at qualifying locations. Shop more than a hundred destinations online, at sdparks.org > Find a Park where you can search alphabetically, by amenity, or map!

Special Offer: In an exclusive partnership with County Parks, Lyft is offering a FREE ride up to $10 to the four park destinations with Green Friday activities below! Use code: GREENFRIDAY in-app under 'Promos' when you book. Details HERE.

HIKE OFF THE TURKEY AND PIE
9 – 11 a.m., Wilderness Gardens County Preserve
14209 Highway 76, Pala, CA 92059 | 760-742-1631
This 4-mile, ranger-led hike through the preserve will climb to exhilarating vistas featuring unmatched views of Pauma Valley, Palomar Mountain and the San Luis Rey River. Learn about local plants and animals while exploring historic sites that tell the story of our region’s earliest settlers. We’ll keep an even pace to help you burn calories while having fun!
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EXPLORE THE CANYON WITH A RANGER
9 – 11 a.m., Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch County Preserve
16281 Sycamore Canyon Road, Poway, CA 92064 | 858-513-4737
Join a ranger on an interpretive tour of Sycamore Canyon. This popular trail system features an abundance of local wildlife; look up to see hawks, Yellow-rumped Warblers and White-crowned sparrows – or down to see lizards, insects, and if you’re lucky, a snake! Round-trip, this relatively easy hike is just 2 miles, so you’ll have ample time to continue on and peruse the visitor center.  
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NATIVE TREE PLANTING ACTIVITY
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Felicita County Park
742 Clarence Lane, Escondido, CA 92029 | 760-745-4379  
We’re planting Sycamore trees at Felicita County Park – part of a program to replant lost trees 3:1 in developed parks – and you’re invited! Plant a tree you can revisit, and watch grow, for years to come. We’ll also be beautifying the creek bed with general maintenance and trash clean-up. Grab some gloves and give back to your community – and plan to get a little dirty!
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MEET OUR ANIMALS!
2 – 3 p.m.,
Sweetwater Summit Regional Park
3218 Summit Meadow Road, Bonita, CA 91902 | 619-472-7572

Head south to Bonita and spend a day at Sweetwater. Hike the trails, picnic near the playground, explore the amphitheater – then head to the ranger station for a meet-and-greet with real-live animal ambassadors like snakes and lizards! You’ll also be able to touch animal skins and pelts while learning all about local wildlife.
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