Learn the Basics

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 equipment. 

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 Ride 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     

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