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Friday, May 17, 2013

Explore Mission Trails Day - May 18th

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mission Trails Regional Park, the 5,800-acre natural park owned by the city of San Diego, is offering a free day of fun and entertainment for children and families on Saturday, May 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The 11th annual Explore Mission Trails Day will include free guided nature walks, talks and programs throughout the park, and special programs for children including up-close encounters with raptors, reptiles and other live animals.

The activities are centered at two areas: the Visitor and Interpretive Center near Jackson Drive and Mission Gorge Road  and the equestrian staging area at the western end of Mast Boulevard near State Route 52.

At the Interpretive Center, kids will have a chance to do crafts and, peruse several nature-oriented explore stations, or go on a guided nature walk. Families also have a chance to try early-morning bird watching or experience a twilight hike with nature experts. A special scope will be set up on the terrace for sunspot viewing.

Scholastic Publishing’s Ms. Frizzle™from The Magic School Bus© helps educate little ones about one of San Diego’s most common wild critters.

At the equestrian staging area, there will be free pony rides, a climbing wall, crafts, and interactive discovery stations where children can learn about animals and nature.

The Lake Murray and Santee Kiwanis Clubs will be selling hamburgers, vegeburgers, hotdogs and refreshments.

Shuttle service between the various parking locations will be available from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.

A detailed map of the park and schedule of other Explore Mission Trails Day events are available at www.mtrp.org.

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