Discovering Mission Trails

The weather should be much improved in time for Saturday’s annual Explore Mission Trails Day. But whether you make it to the free May 16th event or not, East County’s Mission Trails is a definite “to do” for families interested in hiking, nature and the history of the Kumeyaay indians.

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Home of Cowles Mountain, whose summit is the highest point in the City of San Diego, Mission Trails Regional Park is one of the largest urban parks in the U.S. It offers about 60 miles of trails, boating on Lake Murray, camping at Kumeyaay Lake, informative hikes, and a wonderfully educational visitor center. I was there recently with my daughter and her 3rd grade class for a lovely afternoon of exploring and hiking.

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This was not our first education experience at Mission Trails. When the kids were preschoolers we loved going to the monthly Nature Adventure Classes  where the kids would learn about the plants, birds, snakes, bugs and people of the area. Each class was followed by an easy nature walk and a craft.

 

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If you’re ready to get back outdoors after our rainy end of the week, be sure to check out Explore Mission Trails Day!

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