Being a beginner is better than an expert in this new series dedicated to sharing recreation tips, tricks and best practices. Our knowledgeable staff are eager to provide you with the info you need to feel confident in the great outdoors.
The Parks 101: First-timer Series is designed for those who are new, or who have never been exposed to outdoor recreation. Each activity is designed to build awareness of park properties, amenities and programs, while developing individuals’ comfort, self-confidence, resourcefulness and preparedness in nature.
It's a hands-on, back-to-basics approach to education that helps to
provide new opportunities for San Diegans to learn outdoor skills like
how to hike, bike, rock climb, camp, fish, kayak and canoe, without
the burden of having to pay for the class or purchase
There is no cost to attend, and registration will only be required for classes that necessitate the use of borrowed equipment. Translation assistance is available upon request. Details will be included in all event flyers.
There are two components to this campaign:
|Career Talk 101 + Survival Skills 101||7/16/22||Heritage County Park||July Flyer|
|Astronomy 101 (Part of Julian Wonderfest)||8/20/22||Jess Martin County Park||August Flyer|
|Ranger-led Hike/Hiking 101||8/27/22||Flinn Springs County Park||August Flyer|
|Kayaking 101 + Fishing 101||9/24/22||Lake Morena County Park||September Flyer|
|Camping 101 + Gardening 101||10/22/22||Tijuana River Valley Regional Park||Postponed (new date released in 2023)|
|Birdwatching 101||12/31/22||Guajome Regional Park||December Flyer|
|Mountain Biking 101||1/7/23||Sweetwater Regional Park||Postponed due to rain|
|Park Finding + Navigating the DPR Website 101||2/8/23||N/A (online)||Coming soon|
|Rockclimbing 101||April - Date TBD||Mission Trails Regional Park||Coming soon|
|Backpacking 101 w/ Women in the Wild (?)||5/6/23||Lake Morena County Park||Coming soon|
|Camping (and Archery) 101||May - Date TBD||Camp Bashor/Otay Lakes County Park||Coming soon|
|Night Hike & Star Party/Night Hiking 101||5/13/23||Oakoasis County Preserve||Coming soon|
|Garden Demo w/ Willow Farms||6/17/23||Tijuana River Valley Regional Park||Coming soon|
This series is part of the County’s overarching Experience
the Outdoors Program, championed by San Diego County Board
of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher. Other components of the
Experience the Outdoors Program include the Rad
Regional Parks event series and the
On Mountain Biking Challenge series. Learn more at
For more information, or to inquire about becoming an Outdoor Experience Program partner, contact Jessica Geiszler, Marketing & Public Outreach Manager at Jessica.Geiszler@sdcounty.ca.gov.