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San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center

Nature Center
San Elijo Nature Center

San Elijo Lagoon is one of the few remaining coastal wetlands in San Diego County and home to an exceptional number of plants and animals. A walk along the five miles of trails will take visitors through five plant communities, where they will encounter many of the 300 plus species of plants, 16 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 26 species of mammals. The lagoon is especially known for its bird life. At least 300 species have been seen here, 76 of which are classified as sensitive.

The LEED® Platinum Nature Center is located next to the trails in the reserve. The Nature Center is a 5,525 square foot, two story building that presents a unique opportunity for the public to see a number of green building concepts in use. The Nature Center was designed and constructed with a focus on the environment through energy efficiency, water conservation, and natural resource preservation. Many “green” technologies have been incorporated into the design, construction, and operations of the building including a solar powered photovoltaic system mounted on the roof, an energy-efficient radiant heat system encapsulated in the floors, water conserving toilets, energy conserving appliances, a green roof, and the use of recycled water in toilets and landscape irrigation. In addition, construction materials used throughout the building contain a high content of recycled material.