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Your estuary education starts here!

The Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve has exciting, hands-on education programs for students as well as tours, informative lectures and other outreach opportunities for adult audiences. In addition to our ongoing programs, the Tijuana Estuary also puts on special events throughout the year. Check our calendar for a current schedule and details of all activities.

Our Mission: we provide interactive, hands-on, thematic, bilingual, environmental education to local and regional students and the community, working in partnership with local schools, community groups and government agencies.

A California State Parks employee leads a program for students at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center

Our Programs

The Tijuana Estuary offers free visits for elementary, middle and high school groups and other youth groups.

The Tijuana Estuary offers a variety of education and training opportunities for teachers and instructors who are looking to bring their classes to the Reserve or want to integrate estuarine curriculum into their coursework.

The Tijuana Estuary provides students, parents, and teachers with a variety of remote learning opportunities.

The Tijuana Estuary is an excellent location for scout groups to fulfill badge requirements. Scouting visits can be lead by a troop leader or guided by Reserve staff.

The Tijuana Estuary offers a variety of programs and tours that are open to the public, including bird walks, nature walks, and educational speakers.

Students ages 7-12 years old are invited to take part in Jr. Rangers, a weekly after-school program designed to help them discover the rich natural and cultural heritage preserved in the Tijuana Estuary.

* All in person Junior Rangers are CANCELLED until further notice due to COVID-19 guidelines.


Estuaries 101

Estuarine science curriculum is available from the National Estuarine Research Reserve System and includes lesson plans for all grades that incorporate hands-on learning, experiments, fieldwork, and data explorations.

Middle & High School Guide

The Tijuana Estuary High School Teacher’s Guide for grades 6-12, is an interdisciplinary high school curriculum designed to educate students about the valuable Tijuana River Estuary natural and cultural resources.