Caring for our Earth
of San Diego
2022 Virtual Earth Month Fair
We hope you enjoy the variety of Earth Day activities assembled here to celebrate our beautiful planet and inspire how we can care for our natural environment. We look forward to celebrating with you in person and virtually the entire month of April. This includes our in-person fair at the County Operations Center, 5500 Overland Drive, on 4/22 from 11 a. m. to 1 p.m.
This site offers something for everyone including events you can join, how-to videos, hikes, science and technology activities, e-book collections, and proactive ways to live more sustainably. You can even visit museums and iconic locations around the world on this site. And don't forget to share your commitment to help the Earth.
Come explore and learn more!
Note: Google Translate in the upper right corner will translate this site into different languages.
Sustainability is core to our County mission. We’ve made it one of the components of our new overarching County vision: a just, sustainable and resilient future for all and it’s one of the central values we dedicate ourselves to as an organization.
From big to small things, we are committed to making a difference for the environment. In this video below, our leadership team shares what they do everyday to help the Earth, and which County projects they most admire.
Our Voices from the Frontline videos are quick shout-outs from our employees directly involved with making County operations more sustainable or those who simply want to share their passion for a more sustainable world.
Today's featured employees are Sarah from County Library above and Alfredo from Child Welfare Services below . See more.
Messages From Your Elected County Supervisors
Chair Nathan Fletcher
Vice Chair Nora Vargas
Supervisor Joel Anderson
Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer
Supervisor Jim Desmond
Note: These videos above provide captions in multiple languages by clicking the settings icon on the bottom right corner of each video. (For translation needs on pages throughout this site, you can use the Google Translate widget in the upper right of this page to select different languages.)
Top Environmental Issues & Local Efforts
What are the top environmental concerns of 2022 and the work being done to fix them? Below are five global concerns. Each week during April, we will feature one of the issues and share the work that the County is doing to help, and introduce you to a local organization focused on the same topic.
Climate Change From Fossil Fuels
Increased emissions of greenhouse gases have caused temperatures to
rise, which are causing catastrophic events all over the world. The
global climate is changing, and we directly feel and see the effects
of that change locally in our communities. This includes a
higher frequency and intensity of extreme heat events,
droughts, wildfires, storms and sea-level rise. Furthermore, a
changing climate is causing immediate and long-term damage to our
ecosystem, food production, health, safety, jobs, businesses, and our
overall quality of life in the San Diego region. We need a coordinated
response in our region to climate change. See what’s being done to help.
A third of the food intended for human consumption – around 1.3 billion tons – is wasted or lost. This is enough to feed 3 billion people. Food waste and loss accounts for 4.4 gigatons of greenhouse gas emissions annually; if it was a country, food waste would be the third highest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind China and the U.S.
Food waste and loss occurs at different stages in developing and developed countries; in developing countries, 40% of food waste occurs at the post-harvest and processing levels, while in developed countries, 40% of food waste occurs at the retail and consumer levels. (source www.Earth.org) See what's being done to help.
Species and habitats are becoming extinct due to human activity. This causes an imbalance in natural processes like pollination and poses a threat to ecosystems – coral reef destruction is particularly affected.
The past 50 years have seen a rapid growth of human consumption, population, global trade and urbanization, resulting in humanity using more of the Earth’s resources than it can replenish naturally. (source:www.earth.org) See what's being done to help
The San Diego region is home to 11 watersheds that all drain westward to the
Pacific Ocean. As water moves through a watershed, it can pick up
pollutants such as trash, chemicals, auto fluids, and bacteria, and
transport them directly into streams, creeks, and rivers, and
ultimately to the ocean. Preventing pollutants from contaminating our
water sources is important for everyone’s health and the environment.
See what's being done to help.
In 1950, the world produced more than 2 million tons of plastic per year. By 2015, this annual production swelled to 419 million tons and exacerbating plastic waste in the environment.
A report by science journal, Nature, determined that currently, roughly 11 million tons of plastic make its way into the oceans every year, harming wildlife habitats and the animals that live in them. The research found that if no action is taken, the plastic crisis will grow to 29 million metric tons per year by 2040. (Source: Earth.org) See what's being done to help.
Celebrate Earth Month 2022 at home with these fun Earth Day activities!
Earth Month Events
In-person Fair at County Operations Center
April 22, 2022 11:00 - 1:00 PM PST
5500 Overland Drive, 92123
The Land Use & Environment Group will be showcasing a variety of educational and interactive displays, and the Master Gardeners will answer questions about planting in our onsite community garden.
April 22 5:30-7:15 PM PST
April 23 10 AM to 12:30 PM PST
Join us at Flinn Springs County Park (El Cajon) for two days of planting native oaks and woody shrubs. Learn about the importance of conservation and preserving native oak populations while planting your own tree - one you can visit for years to come! This physical activity centers on sustainability and is a great way to pay tribute to your parkland
April 23 at 9 a.m.
The County of San Diego sponsors volunteer clean-up events year-round across our jurisdiction so there are lots of opportunities to get involved and make a difference in your community. You can participate in this 20th anniversary of the Creek to Bay clean-up. Register today to be an environmental champion and prevent litter from reaching our waterways at https://creektobay.org/
Ask Me anything: Food Scraps Edition Facebook Live
April 22 at 6 p.m.
The County’s Solid Waste Planning & Recycling Section will host an “Ask Me Anything” Facebook event where residents can ask questions about recycling and have them answered live. join us on the County Recycling Facebook page: County of San Diego Recycling - Home (facebook.com)
Ranger-led Interpretive Hike at Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch (Poway)
Saturday, April 23, 9 am. – 12 p.m.
Join Ranger Patrick on a moderate 3.5-mile loop hike on Martha’s Grove Trail at Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch. Learn about the native plants and wildlife of this 2,272-acre preserve while experiencing a variety of vegetation habitats, historic oak groves, and the remnants of an old ranch. Meet at the Goodan Staging Area, located at 16281 Sycamore Canyon Road in Poway.
Nature Discovery Tables
Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch County Preserve (Poway)
Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Ramona Grasslands County Preserve (Ramona)
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Skulls, skins and
safety talks… all in one space? You got that right. We're hosting
nature touch tables to share information about local wildlife. Touch
pelts and feathers or teeth and claws. A ranger will be on site to
share park and trail information, and to answer all of your
Plant a Tree with Women in the Wild @ Barnett Ranch County Preserve (Ramona)
Saturday, April 23, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Everyone is welcome to a tree planting workshop and hands-on tree
planting experience in this female planned and led park activity.
Equipment will be provided, along with trees, and guests should plan
to wear something they don’t mind getting a little dirty. Once
saplings are in the ground, the group will learn about tree care and
maintenance, seasonal phenomenon, invasive species (and how to protect
against them) and more! Spots are limited and reservations are
required; call the park for info.
Hike to the Dam at Lake Morena (Campo)
April 23 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM PST
Take a nice hike through the beautiful woodland areas of Lake Morena County Park and learn all about local Native American tribes and how they lived off the land. A ranger will also share information about the flora and fauna along the trail and share the interesting history of the dam!
Trail Trek @ Wilderness Gardens County Preserve (Pala)
Sunday, April 24, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
This behind-the-scenes trail adventure involves a 4.5-mile trek through diverse vegetation and to incredible panoramic views of Palomar Mountain and Pauma Valley. More than 40 bird species thrive on the land -a special treat for birdwatchers and photographers, alike!
Balboa Park Earth Fair
Sunday, April 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Our Parks & Recreation Department is joining what San Diego EarthWorks claims is the largest, free environmental fair in the world! The ranger crew from Stelzer County Park will be hosting a Build-A-Bug Activity in the fair’s Children’s Area. This fun, interactive game is part of a much larger initiative called the Discovery Program which provides park education and experiences to kids in grades K through 6. Topics include Insects, Birds, Geology, Astronomy, Trees and Forest Ecology, Plants and Photosynthesis, and how Native American people thrived in San Diego’s natural environment.
Watch Previous Events
Learn the characteristics and behaviors of Great Horned Owls and Red-Tailed Hawks. Plus, it's nesting season! Check out this video for some fun facts about birds of prey such as owls and hawks!
What's in Ranger Nicole's hiking bag? Here are five hiking essentials that you should always bring. Also, learn proper trail etiquette such as how to respond in certain scenarios. Don't forget to pack a trash bag and clean up after yourself!
Learn the importance of replanting native trees to replenish the local tree canopy. Using a 5-gallon pot sample first, find the topmost root, then dig a shallow and wide planting hole, finally place the tree in. Don't forget to water your new plant!