Forget your worries, escape the hustle and bustle of the city, and reconnect with your wild roots. Join us for Back to Nature, an interactive exhibit featuring new animals such as parrots, mice, iguanas, falcons, frogs, and more! Be among the first to walk through our new Native Pollinator Garden, attracting butterflies, hummingbirds, and bees while learning about the role of native pollinators in our everyday lives. As we celebrate our 30 year anniversary, we invite you to look back to simpler times on the Sweetwater Refuge and leave your troubles back in the city.
Back to Nature will incorporate new animals, new hands-on exhibits, the opening of our Native Pollinator Garden, and celebrate our 30 year anniversary by looking at the history of Sweetwater Marsh!
Did you know invaders live among us? Meet the invasive species that have made San Diego their new home. Some of these invasive species pose a real threat to native species, but you can help protect the local wildlife for years to come.
Animals and plants must adapt to the changes that urban development brings. Visit some of the most amazing survivors of our urban jungles. Discover the ways some of this wildlife has adapted. They may just surprise you!
Interact with local San Diego Bay residents such as our Eastern Pacific green sea turtles, Pacific seahorse, and giant Pacific octopus. Discover why eel grass is essential for these animals to thrive and why San Diego Bay is a perfect home for so many residents.
Jewels of the Ocean
Discover the unique ways the Kumeyaay were able to utilize the coast. Meet the shelled animals that were an important resource for these native people and consider how we might carry on the tradition of protecting valuable natural resources from the oceans.
Native Pollinator Garden
Get up close with native flora. Explore the walking trails featuring native plants and attracting local pollinators such as bees, butterflies, birds, and bats. Come learn how you could build a native pollinator garden in your backyard.
From Kelp to Gunpowder
Lose yourself in the kelp forests of San Diego. Learn how this giant alga provides food, shelter, and resources for both animals and humans. Take home a bit of history when you visit the walking trails and see why San Diego used to harvest kelp.
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