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Silver Strand State Beach offers a number of weekly and seasonally-available interpretive programs. For the current calendar of activities, click here. For more information, contact (619) 823-5801 or Heather.Sanderson@parks.ca.gov 

Junior Rangers
Saturdays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm 
(click here for our current Jr. Ranger brochure)
Kids can earn the California State Parks Junior Ranger badge! Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities, which may include walks, presentations, games, investigations, art, and more.
We ask that a parent or guardian fill out a sign-up form for their children and remain in the park while their kids participate, in case of any emergency. (Alternatively, adults may watch their kids as they participate.)
Meet outside lifeguard headquarters; look for the tall tower on the ocean side of the park.

Campfire Programs
Select evenings from 7pm-8pm
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Join us for fun around a campfire on the beach. Depending on the evening’s topic, activities may include singing songs, playing games, listening to a story, participating in a skit, or learning something new! Topics include the California Grunion, the dolphin, the Western Snowy Plover, and more. Dress warm as the beach can get cold at night.
This activity is open to all ages. (Kids should be accompanied by an adult.)
This activity is free, however there is a fee to drive into or park inside the state beach.
We will meet around the fire ring near lifeguard headquarters; look for the 4-story-tall tower on the ocean side of the park.

 Special Evening Programs
Thursday, June 15th, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Thursday, August 10th, 7:00pm-8:00pm
Join us for special presentations by guest speakers!
The June 15th program will focus on endangered species, while the August 10th program will focus on sea turtles.
This activity is open to all ages. (Kids should be accompanied by an adult.)
This activity is free, however there is a fee to drive into or park inside the state beach.
We will meet at Crown Cove Aquatic Center; look for the buildings with the flag pole on the bay side of the park.
(Please note that vehicles are not allowed on the bay side of the park. If arriving by vehicle, please park in the ocean-side parking lots and walk through the tunnels to the bay side.)

Nature Walks
Most Sundays 1:30pm-2:30pm
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During this 1-hour walking tour, we’ll look for animals and plants in various habitats of the state beach. We’ll use binoculars and hand lenses to aid in our discovery. Kids should be accompanied by an adult.
Meet outside lifeguard headquarters; look for the tall tower on the ocean side of the highway.

Explore and Restore Silver Strand State Beach!
Select Saturdays and Sundays from 9:30am-11:30am
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Discover plants, animals, mud flats, and more on a 1-hour walking tour. Then help preservation efforts by participating in an optional volunteer activity like a beach clean-up. Kids should be accompanied by an adult. Participants must sign a volunteer form before volunteering. (Participants under age 18 must have their form signed by their parent or guardian.)
This activity starts in the lobby of Loews Resort. The activity is free; however, there is a fee to park at Loews Resort. Please sign up by contacting the concierge at Loews Resort. Call (619) 424-4000 and ask for the concierge

Kayak Tours
9:30-11:30am
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Get closer to nature and experience San Diego Bay on this guided kayak tour. Available for ages 5 and older. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Each child under age 10 must ride in a kayak with their accompanying adult. All participants must wear life vests and stay with the group. (Pace is based on the slowest paddlers in the group.) This activity may be cancelled at the last minute due to weather conditions, etc. Dates and price are subject to change. This activity starts at the marina at Loews Resort. Space is limited. $35 per person. Reservations are required by 4 pm the day prior. Call the Loews marina at (619) 424-4466.

Junior Lifeguards
The Junior Lifeguard Program emphasizes Teamwork, Leadership, and Aquatic Safety while introducing young people to safe marine and aquatic recreation opportunities. The program is designed to provide quality water safety education while improving young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves, their parents, and their peers.  Students of all abilities and skill levels may participate. For more information, visit http://www.parks.ca.gov/sssbjg.

Park Champions

CSPF's Park Champions seeks volunteers for Silver Strand
In response to the $14.2 million cut that State Parks is enduring, California State Parks Foundation created the Park Champions Program. This program provides consistent, sustainable volunteer support in the area of park improvements. Partnering with California State Parks, Park Champions work in several park sites statewide including Silver Strand. It's Earth Day year-round! If you enjoy volunteering outdoors and making a difference on behalf of state parks then join us for the next Park Champions event. You can register online at www.calparks.org/parkchampions

Opportunities for Leadership
Throughout the year, Park Champions holds leadership trainings across the state to provide volunteers with an opportunity to build and refine their planning, leadership, and project management skills. Trained Core Leader Volunteers are able to plan and coordinate future Park Champions projects, and lead volunteer crews. Park Champions trainings are led by skilled experts from California State Parks and other organizations. If you are interested in taking on a leadership role as a Park Champions Core Leader, please contact Phoebe Oelheim, Program Coordinator, phoebe@calparks.org

Volunteers under 18 years
Anyone under 18 years who attends a Park Champions event must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. It is wise to check in advance if the work planned for the event is appropriate for certain age groups. Special arrangements for groups of minors interested in volunteering can be made at least 3 weeks in advance with the Program Coordinator. Email Phoebe Oelheim, Program Coordinator, for more information, at phoebe@calparks.org