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Activities and Programs

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 Heather Sanderson at
Heather.Sanderson@parks.ca.gov  or  (619) 823-5801

Junior Rangers
Saturdays from 3:30pm - 4:30pm 
(click here for our current Jr. Ranger brochure)
Kids age 7 to 12 are invited to these outdoor activities which include walks, presentations, games, investigations, art and more! Kids can earn awards like pins, posters, and patches as they progress through the activities. 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.
Meet outside lifeguard headquarters; look for the tall tower on the ocean side of the highway.

Campfire Programs
Select evenings from 7pm-8pm
(click here for dates)
On certain evenings during the summer, we gather around a campfire to celebrate a special aspect of Silver Strand State Beach. Topics include the California Grunion, the sand, the Western Snowy Plover, and more. Depending on the topic, activities may include singing songs, playing games, listening to a story, participating in a skit, and learning something new! Visitors of all ages are invited.
Meet at the fire ring next to lifeguard headquarters; look for the tall tower on the ocean side of the highway.
 
Nature Walks
Sundays 1:30pm - 2:30pm 
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.
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
(click here for dates)
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. 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
(click here for dates)
Get closer to nature and experience San Diego Bay on this guided kayak tour. Available for ages five and older. Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Each child under 10 must ride in a kayak with their accompanying adult. This activity starts at the marina at Loews Resort. Reservations are required by 4 pm the day prior. Call the marina at Loews Resort at (619) 424-4466.
$35 per person.

Grunion Runs
During these late-night activities, we learn about and carefully observe the famous California grunion.
Please check back in spring and summer of 2014.

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