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    Foster Lodge Status

    It has been one week since the Chariot Fire started in the Anza Borrego State Park. The fire is now nearly fully contained after scorching over 7000 acres and destroying dozens of buildings in the Mt. Laguna area. Among the hardest hit were the Al Bahr Shrine Camp and the Sierra Club's Foster Lodge. 

    Foster Lodge damage was mostly limited to the smaller of the two buildings. The The smaller cabin was completely destroyed, while the larger lodge appears to escape mostly unscathed.

    All that remains of the small cabin is ash and debris.

    The Sunrise Highway was reopened for through traffic on Friday, but no stopping is allowed in the burned areas. This means we have not been able to have full access to the site. Once officials have assessed the area's damage, we will be able to get on site ourselves and begin clean up. A work party has been tentatively set for July 27. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact the San Diego Sierra Club Chapter office 858-569-6005.

    More timely information can be found on the NKW Facebook page.

    Fire Damage Photos

    Cal Fire Info



    Foster Lodge Damaged in Wildfire

    Chariot Fire in the Laguna Mountains has damaged at least one building at the Foster Lodge.

    San Diego UT report


    2013 Nature Knowledge Workshop

    Now taking registrations for the 36th Annual Nature Knowledge Workshop.

    Register here.

    Spend the weekend of May 31 through June 2, walking with us through the forest, meadows, and chaparral of the Laguna Mountains. You will be guided by naturalists and biologists who will describe the flora and fauna while you walk. In the evening and throughout the day, we will hold workshops spanning topics such as growing native plants, habitat restoration and conservation, astronomy, and more. 

    We hope you can join us on the memorable weekend. 


    Birding By Sound Training “Find Your Way By What Birds Say”

    Birding By Sound Training is a directed learning experience designed to help participants become more familiar with a variety of bird sounds at a variety of locations and environments. Intimate groups of 3 to 5 people are led by instructor, Claude G. Edwards, a birder and wildlife biologist with more than 40 years of experience identifying birds by their sounds.

     Birding By Sound Training consists of three training days scheduled a week apart, lasting 3 to 4 hours each.

    Participants learn to focus attention, listen, and identify birds by their sounds as they are encountered. This will be enhanced by review of widely-used bird field guides, and also bird sound apps if you have them.

     Familiarity and confidence with bird sounds will grow with each training day, building to the fourth and final day when the roles are reversed and the participants put into action what they have learned by taking turns leading the group.


    Birding By Sound Training is based on a learn-as-you-go approach. Participant will actively takenotes on the sounds that are selected and discussed, from 20 to 30 species each day. These notes will be transcribed and reviewed prior to the next field day. Everyone is welcome to bring their own binoculars.

     Birding By Sound Training locations are easily accessible places with good dirt and/or paved trails, paths, and roads situated within and adjacent to a variety of environments and habitats.


    Dates and Locations, May 2012

    Sunday, beginning at 8AM 

        May 06 – Pine Creek Park Trail

        May 13 – Mission Dam & Lake Kumeyaay

        May 20 – Ramona Grassland Preserve

        May 27 – San Elijo Lagoon test day



    The cost for this unique learning opportunity is only $200 per person, for all 4 field days.


    Future Birding By Sound Training will be on diufferent days and at different locations

     For further information, contact Claude G. Edwards at (619) 822-8687, or at

    ‘Field:Lectures’ is a program of FLITE Tours, Inc., established in 1996


    Nature Knowledge Workshop 2012 is coming!

    It is time once again to plan for this year's Nature Knowledge Workshop. This year will be our 35th year holding this terrific event. This year we will be presenting the NKW on June 8 -10. Come and join us. A good time is guaranteed for all. To register for this year's NKW Cick Here. 

    As always, we mix the outdoors with fun and education. Come take a walk with our naturalists and learn the name of the plants and animals of the laguna Mountains. Attend our evening workshops coving wildlife, conservation, native plants, native cultures, astronomy, and more. Camp out amongst the trees or sleep in the bunkrooms of the Sierra Club's scenic Foster Lodge. And of course, we feed you six wholesome and hearty meals during the weekend.  

    There's more to learn and experience at the NKW than anyone can do in an entire weekend. Come on back if you've joined us before. We can't wait to see you there!