Welcome to Old Town San Diego State Historic Park's Earth Day 2022!

Welcome to our Earth Day event honoring the Kumeyaay Nation and its historical and contemporary relationship to this land. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park are both the ancestral land of the First People, the Kumeyaay.

Our presentations feature cultural specialists and scientists presenting on a variety of topics aimed at a diverse audience, from elementary and middle school students to adults. The event will incorporate both state parks staff and volunteers educating the public about the significance of climate resiliency and will also provide guests with information to help them take climate action in their everyday life. By utilizing local indigenous knowledge, this Earth Day event will show our guests how planting native vegetation can reduce and conserve water, and prevent the importation of invasive species. 

We will have various educational booths focusing on interpretative activities and discussions. In addition to the educational booths, the Kumeyaay Bird singers will be performing music during the event. These activities are made possible by funding and volunteer support from California State Parks Foundation.

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park staff and volunteers, with the support of the Boosters of Old Town and California State Parks Foundation, are proud to support these free activities for visitors of all ages. The park is conveniently located next to the Old Town Transit Center, with Coaster, Trolley, and MTS bus service. Free parking is available during the weekend at the CalTrans headquarters, just two blocks from the park at 2994 Sunset Street.

Park guests can explore the pathways of the newly developed Iipay~Tipai Kumeyaay Mut Niihepok (Land of the First People) in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park and enjoy the festivities of the day. The new area is located on the corner of Calhoun and Wallace Streets. California State Parks staff have been collaborating with representatives of the Kumeyaay Nation since 2016 to develop Iipay~Tipai Kumeyaay Mut Niihepok, or the Land of the First People, Exhibit Area. This partnership has been instrumental in providing an opportunity for the Kumeyaay Nation to shape the interpretation of Kumeyaay culture and their connections to the San Diego River and to Old Town San Diego. We invite you to follow us on Facebook and check our website regularly for updates. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy this year’s celebration. Happy Earth Day!