Video footage ©William Bay
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: Refuge Manager

Refuge Manager GS 0485-12
for the San Diego Bay and Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuges

Salary: $93,858 - $122,016 per year

Closing Date: October 27, 2023

Looking for a challenging and exciting career opportunity in coastal Southern California? We are seeking one talented person to manage two refuges, San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge and Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge. These two refuges focus on conservation and recovery of endangered and threatened species, including endangered light-footed Ridgway’s rail, California least tern, least Bell’s vireo, and salt marsh bird’s-beak and threatened western snowy plover. Click to read full job announcement. 

Open the following link for application information:
Merit Promotion (FWS- wide: Open to current U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service employees serving under a Career or Career-Conditional appointment, (DOI) Land Management eligibles, CTAP)- 

Current Conditions

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Water Temp

59.9° F

Dissolved Oxygen

0.75 mg/L

Water Level

4.1 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

  • December 2, 2023
    Nature Walk: An Eye-Opening Experience Without Sight
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  • December 4, 2023
    Monday Stewardship Session for Long-term Volunteers
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