Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center16 Votes Currently Closed
- Address: 2202 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054, USA, United States
- Timings: 10:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
- Phone: +1-7604392473
- Tags: Family And Kids, Ecological Reserve
Located by the Buena Vista Lagoon Ecological Reserve sprawling over 220 acres, the Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Centre was founded in 1987 to showcase the local ecology and wildlife. Encompassing 3500 square feet, the Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature centre features an array of interpretative displays, meeting rooms, natural history library and gift shop. The centre organizes educational programs designed for all age groups with topics ranging from local raptors to butterfly migration, fish migration to tropical birding and so on. Nature Summer Camp, Birdhouse Auction and Endangered Species Day Open House are some of the special events organized here. The library contains audio and video tapes, slideshow and nature-based books and journals. Enjoy exploring the ¼ mile trail from the parking lot to explore the native plants and habitats.
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Buena Vista Audubon Society & Nature Center Reviews & Ratings
The Nature Center has some nice displays but the trail was disappointing. It is a 1/4 mile loop and the most of the time you are surrounded by 8 ft tall reeds that block any view and crowd the path. There are a couple of wooden platforms that allow you to get closer to the water but again, the view is very limited. None of this is anyone's "fault", as it is the nature of a lagoon. I was just hoping for more.
I felt like I was transported to some watering land. The cat tails were so tall, I felt a sense of being a wilderness. The trials are well kept up. The volunteer was an encyclopedia of information and the welcome center was fun. There is a board with pictures of birds on one side and their names on the other. (Tip use both wires. One touches the screw underneath the bird and the other one touches the screw next to the name of the bird. Parking is free but the lot is small.
The nature preserve is awesome you can walk around and see some really neat stuff. The staff does not make me feel welcome and act like I am stealing are going to vandalize the place or something. Once you get by the rude people the rest of the place is amazing. I highly recommend it, especially to families with children.
Cool little nature preserve with an easy loop trail suited for all walkers! Hubby and I bring our dogs to walk it often. Main center is filled with all kinds of info on the history of the area and local wildlife as well as gifts and souvenirs.
Support your local unique environment and educate the public. A worthy cause and area desperately in need of saving for future generations. Nice walk, collection of local stuffed wildlife kids can see up close.