Celebrate Green Friday

On the day after Thanksgiving, County Parks encourages San Diegans to swap shopping plans for outdoor experiences. We celebrate the 'upside of outside' with family-friendly activities in parks and preserves across the region, on a holiday we’ve coined Green Friday!

Green Friday promotes fitness and fun in County parks. Events are both active and educational – aligning with County Parks’ mission to balance recreation opportunity with efforts to protect and preserve land and local wildlife.

Activities are open to the public and there is no cost to attend. In fact, even the day-use fees (at parks where they are collected) are waived.  

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Impact the future of these parks by adding shade and habitat for local wildlife. We’re planting trees at Flinn Springs and Live Oak County Parks! All ages are welcome. Trees and materials will be provided. Protective clothing, sturdy shows and gloves are recommended. Don’t forget to bring water and a snack/lunch!   


We’ve planned free fitness classes for you and your loved ones. Attend a fit camp session led by Mission Fit Camp’s expert trainers at Pioneer Park! Wear comfortable clothing and bring water and a towel.

Or relax, refresh and rejuvenate your body and soul through a yoga session at Waterfront Park, led by Dorothy Guthrie and compliments or our friends at the San Diego County Parks Society. Wear comfortable clothing and bring water, a towel and a yoga mat. 


Test your knowledge in a special virtual trivia session called Cell Phone Smackdown! Log in from your favorite mobile device to see how you stack up against your peers in topics like nature, geography and pop culture. This is a free program – and cash prizes will be awarded to top winners in each category! Get the 5 p.m. Zoom invitation when you register through Carl McCullough at


  1. We’ve placed stories along some of our favorite trails at these park destinations: Agua CalienteOakoasisRamona GrasslandsSan Dieguito and Santa Ysabel. Explore pages of nature-themed books and poems as you traverse these picturesque paths! Story Trails are a joint venture with San Diego County Library.    
  2. Plan a hike through ranger-recommended routes in San Diego City Parks like Chollas Parkway, Juniper Canyon and Tecolote Canyon. Our friends at San Diego Parks Foundation have all the details posted to their website.
  3. Pack a delicious park picnic using our suggested post-Thanksgiving recipes! Leftovers make great meals and contribute to zero-waste dining. Here are our recommendations – with a game, to boot!  
  4. Have you tried our Tour Our Trails Challenge? Pick up a booklet at any County park office! Trails are marked easy, moderate and tough, with locales from the coast to the desert and valleys to the mountains! 
  5. Take the kids to one of eight TRACK Trails, where they can earn prizes for logging their outdoor adventures. Trails exist at seven parks with different themes and lots of scavenger hunt fun:   Felicita County ParkGuajome Regional ParkLake Morena County ParkLindo Lake County ParkSan Dieguito County ParkSan Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve, and Stelzer County Park

View the event flyer

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For more information, and to learn about partner and sponsor opportunities, contact Marketing and Public Outreach Manager Jessica Geiszler at

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