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This weekend in San Diego nature is all about plants and family outings

California brown pelicans keep a watchful eye on workers at Mariner's Point.
California brown pelicans keep a watchful eye on workers at Mariner's Point.
Darlene Luckins

The weekend of February 7-9, 2014 is supposed to be a nice one with seasonal temperatures. There are several different nature activities that happen this weekend ranging from removing invasive plants to hiking in a local preserve. Here is a list of a few of the nature-related activities going on this weekend in San Diego. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

There will be a special family outing at San Diego Audubon’s own Silverwood Sanctuary on Saturday, February 8th. Outdoor Explore will have a special outing for children from newborn babies to ten years old beginning at 9:30 a.m and ending at 12:30 p.m. Silverwood Sanctuary is located at 13003 Wildcat Canyon Road in Lakeside. RSVP online or by calling Janice at 619-540-7246 or email at Janice@familyadventuresinnature.org

The Earth Discovery Institute will be holding two workshops relating to plants on Saturday, February 8th. The first workshop on Native Plant Propagation, will take place at the Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve at 9 a.m. Learn about how to grow native plants from seeds, cuttings or by transplanting. Call 619-447-4715 or register at info@earthdiscovery.org.

The second workshop is in partnership with the Solana Center for Environmental Innovation. The workshop takes place at 10 a.m. at the Crestridge Ecological Reserve. Learn about composting using earthworms and other decomposers to enrich and improve the health of your soil. Register on their website: Solana Center at Crestwood Ecological Reserve.

For fans of owls, the Discovery Table at the Mission Trails Regional Park visitor’s center will showcase owl pellets between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m on Saturday, February 8th. Kids will be able to dissect one and take the contents home if they chose to. Call the park for more information at 619-668-3281 or to find out about other activities happening this weekend.

On Sunday, February 9th, spend time pulling out invasive filaree, among other activities, with the San Diego Audubon Society on Mariner’s Point on Mission Bay. While working, watch beautiful shorebirds and seabirds pass by. Be sure to wear sun protection and bring a re-usable water bottle. Work begins at 9:30 a.m. Contact Conservation Program Manager, Rebecca Schwartz, at 858-273-7800 ext 101 for more details, directions, or to RSVP.