San Diego Family: August 2016

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Explore Coastal San Diego with Eco Tours Lisa Pawlak Photo provided by Ocean Connectors

Are you looking for a one-of-

a-kind, outdoor adventure for your family? Ocean Connectors, a nonprofit organization linking local youth with coastal education, is now offering Eco Tours to the entire community. These informative encounters with nature involve a variety of hands-on, active learning experiences and can be customized for your group. You might opt to discover sea turtles, explore California whales or study migratory birds while exploring coastal wetlands. Along the way, the day could involve anything from hiking or beach and habitat restoration to a fun-filled cruise around San Diego Bay. Whatever excursion(s) you choose, friendly and well-informed guides will take care of the planning and details. All you have to do is show up and have fun! “We strive to provide family-friendly outdoor experiences focused on observing native wildlife of San Diego Bay, such as kayaking, biking, nature walks, bird and whale watching,” explains executive director Frances Kinney, who received her masters degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institute

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of Oceanography. “If you want an adventure-filled outdoor excursion, we will make that happen. If you prefer a relaxing day observing wildlife by the water’s edge, we can provide that, too. Either way, you won’t have to worry about a thing, because Ocean Connectors takes care of transportation, parking, admission, equipment, lunch and anything else your group needs.” By partnering with other local organizations, such as Living Coast Discovery Center, Chula Vista Kayak and Flagship Cruises & Events, Ocean

Connectors has the flexibility to offer a wide range of experiences and opportunities. Customized tours vary significantly, whether it’s for family and friends, a corporate group outing or a volunteer beach clean-up. Throughout the adventure, you will receive enlightening lessons on wildlife and habitat conservation. Since 2007, Ocean Connectors has actively pursued its organizational mission of using migratory marine life to educate, inspire and connect youth in coastal communities. Offering a range of coastal field trips

Photo credit Lisa Pawlak

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