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Drone footage ©Joshua Rittenberry

Experience Southern California's largest coastal wetland

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The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 30 Reserves in the United States. We preserve, protect, and manage the natural and cultural resources of the Tijuana River Estuary by creating opportunities for education and research while promoting public access for recreation throughout the Reserve. Come experience the beauty and wonder of this natural wetland habitat.

A mother and child overlooking the wetlands at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

Explore the Tijuana Estuary

From hiking and biking to birding and horseback riding, the Tijuana Estuary has something for everyone.

Student researcher Nancy Torres washes and separates the samples she's collected into multiple composites in the Tijuana Estuary.

Our Research

The unique socio-ecological setting of the Tijuana Estuary makes it an ideal "living laboratory" for researchers.

Students participate in an educational class at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center

Education Programs

The Tijuana Estuary offers a variety of educational programs that celebrate the natural and cultural resources found in the Reserve.

Job Opportunity

Environmental Services Assistant (MAINTENANCE AIDE)
AYUDANTE DE MANTENIMIENTO - información en español
ANG TULONG PAGPAPANATILI - impormasyon sa tagalog

Deadline to apply: May 25, 2022

The Maintenance Aide, on a temporary or seasonal basis only, is responsible for assisting with sediment and marine debris control, habitat enhancement, and invasive plant removal projects at the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve, including Border Field State Park. The work schedule is Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, with occasional Saturdays. This position performs the following duties:

Picks up litter, controls invasive plants using mechanized equipment and herbicide, monitors construction activities, collects data using Geographic Information Systems (GIS), samples vegetation, assists with volunteer events, assists with the preparation of reports, fills out forms, and maintains project documentation. Answers questions of the visiting public, cultivates and installs container plants, installs permanent and temporary fencing, and installs and repairing irrigation systems. The purchase and wearing of a State Park uniform is required.

Click here for additional information and how to apply.

Current Conditions

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Water Temp

63.99° F

Dissolved Oxygen

0.52 mg/L

Water Level

2.03 ft

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Divided Together Podcast

Divided Together is a California State Parks podcast series that explores the land, the history, and the people surrounding Border Field State Park.

CA State Parks Research Assistant recording and informational video at the Tijuana Estuary

Lunchtime Live

Join us every other Tuesday at 12pm on Facebook for our Lunchtime Live event where we highlight a variety of species and topics at the Estuary.

Upcoming Events

  • May 20, 2022
    Friday Stewardship Session for Long-term Volunteers
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  • May 27, 2022
    Friday Stewardship Session for Long-term Volunteers
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