Visitor Activities

Trails at Tijuana Slough NWR with visitor center in background

Tijuana Slough NWR has exciting, hands-on education programs for students as well as tours, informative lectures and other outreach opportunities for adult audiences. In addition to our ongoing programs, the Tijuana Estuary also puts on special events throughout the year, such as "Fiesta del Rio" in September and "International Migratory Bird Day" activities in May. Check the TRNERR events calendar for current schedule and details of all activities.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Wildlife viewing on Tijuana Slough NWR

    If you enjoy getting outdoors and looking for wildlife, consider a visit to your nearest national wildlife refuge!  From birding on the trails to whale watching from the beach, from viewing hunting hawks or secretive Light-footed clapper rails, wildlife observation is the most popular activity for refuge visitors.  Tijuana Slough NWR has an extensive trail system that connects to other trails within the Reserve, and has several boardwalks or observation decks to stop and discover the unique flora and fauna right in the midst of a highly urbanized environment.  Come to the visitor center today and pick up a trail map!

  • Interpretation

    Interpretation on the North McCoy trail

    Tijuana Slough NWR interpretation programs provide opportunities for visitors to make their own connections to the natural world.  From docent-led walks to guest speaker talks, our informal education programs help visitors learn more about wildlife, habitat restoration, ecology and climate change by listening to experts in the field.

    Please check the TRNERR website for all the regularly scheduled interpretation programs.

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  • Environmental Education

    Estuary Explorers environmental education program

    National Wildlife Refuges serve many purposes, and one of our most important roles is as outdoor classrooms to teach about wildlife and natural resources, with hands-on learning activities.  Thousands of youth and adult groups visit every year to learn about topics on wetland plants, birds, plankton, and their habitats.

    Is your school, youth, environmental or other group interested in learning more?  Contact the education staff at TRNERR to check on program availability and reservation policies.

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  • Photography

    Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography.  

    Nearly 12 million people visit outdoor areas each year to photograph wildlife, and national wildlife refuges naturally are at the top of the list.  Refuges provide enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in natural habitats by providing platforms, brochures, interpreters, viewing areas, and tour routes. We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive! 

  • Hunting and Fishing

    No Fishing sign

    Hunting and fishing are not allowed anywhere on the refuge.   

    Bordering the refuge property (federal jurisdiction), a newly-established Marine Protected Area (State jurisdiction) also prohibits fishing, with some exceptions. This MPA went into effect on January 1, 2012. Please check the California Department of Fish & Game's (DFG) website for official and updated rules. The DFG has also printed out a new MPA Guide.  We recommend you pick up a guide at one of these locations before you go out fishing anywhere along California's coast.

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