Calendar of Events

Public Program Descriptions*

These programs are free and open to the public (park entrance fees apply)
For the most current information about a program or accessibility information, please call the Visitor Center at (619) 557-5450

Films Shown Daily
In Search of Cabrillo: 10 am, 2 pm, 4 pm
On the Edge of Land and Sea: 11 am, 1 pm
First Breath: Grey Whales 12 pm, 3 pm

16th Century Arms and Armor: Learn about 16th century arms and armor from our Living History VIPs (Volunteers-In-Parks), you may even see them roaming the grounds, don’t be afraid to ask them for a photo! This 1-hour program takes place in our Auditorium and features replica 16th century weaponry and is appropriate for all ages.

16th Century Navigation: Learn about Navigation in the age of sail. How centuries old techniques used provided rather accurate results. This 1-hour program takes place in our Auditorium and is appropriate for all age levels.

Guided Walk: Join Cabrillo National Monument park staff for a stimulating 1-hour guided walk around the Upper Monument. This program is suitable for all ages. Plan to meet at the Flagpole near the traffic circle and keep in mind that the walk includes hills (up to the lighthouse and back again). You can expect to learn about Cabrillo National Monuments Kumeyaay, 16th, 19th, and 20th century histories as well as our native flora and fauna.

Life on a Boat: Have you ever wondered what life was like for Cabrillo and his crew in 1542? Join our Living History Ranger and learn about life at sea in the 16th century. This program is appropriate for all ages and is about 45 minutes long.

Lighthouse Talk: Join Cabrillo National Monument staff at the traffic circle flagpole for this 1-hour, all age’s program as we discover what life was like for the Keepers of the Light and our restored 19th century Lighthouse.

Nature Walk: Join one of our expert volunteers to explore the flora and fauna of the park. The gentle 45 minute to 1-hour walk will give you insights as to why San Diego County is the most bio-diverse in the continental US. Meet animals and plants and find out how the natives of San Diego, the Kumeyaay, used the landscape resources. The walk includes a stop at the Cabrillo Monument for a spectacular view of the Bay and ends at the whale lookout, where an equally stunning ocean panorama can be enjoyed. From there guests can choose different activities, including a visit of the light house, a hike down the Bayside trail or a tour of the Military History Museum. Don't miss this opportunity to discover San Diego's "true nature!"

Open Bunker: From 10 am – 2 pm volunteers will bring the coastal defenses of Point Loma to life. These are your only chances to tour the bunkers on Point Loma. Don't miss this amazing opportunity to learn more about the soldiers stationed at Fort Rosecrans during WWII and see the weapons and instruments that protected our coast during the tumultuous war years.

Reading Ranger: Join a National Park Service Ranger in the Cabrillo National Monument Visitors Center for a fun and educational story reading. Reading Ranger programs are geared toward children 8 and under. All children must be accompanied by an adult for the entirety of the program.

Tidepool Walk: Join Cabrillo National Monument staff for a 1-hour guided walk through our Rocky Intertidal Coastline and Tidepools. Suitable for all ages, the walk will start at the Tidepool Trailer near Parking Lot #1. Participants should be sure to check the weather beforehand and wear appropriate shoes for tidepool exploration. Please keep in mind that the tidepool parking lots can fill quickly, and that all visitors are required to park in marked stalls.

Weed Warriors: Weed Warriors is for everyone. It is a great way to learn some the plants of CABR and see first hand how the noxious invasive plants really impact the rare ecosystems found here. You can come every week or just once. This is a rare opportunity to get in the park before the crowd and to see the park as you have never seen it before. Please contact Lonie Brown if you are interested. e-mail us

Wildlife Ranger: Join Park Staff for a fun and educational program focusing on Cabrillo National Monuments flora and fauna. This program is perfect for children ages 12 and under accompanied by an adult.

*Although we do our best, programs are subject to change or cancelation without notice.

 
Fee Free Days

1/16/2017 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
2/20/2017 Presidents Day
4/15 - 4/16/2017 National Park Week Weekend
4/22 - 4/23/2017 National Park Week Weekend
8/25/2017 Founder’s Day
9/30/2017 Public Lands Day
11/11 - 11/12/2017 Veterans Day Weekend


Open Tower Days

March 22: Open Tower Day - Step back in time as Cabrillo celebrates the anniversary of the extinguishing of the light of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

August 25: Founder's Day - Do you love your National Parks? If you do, come and celebrate the anniversary of the establishment of the National Park Service at Cabrillo NM. Living History re-enactors will be on hand.

November 15: Open Tower Day - Step back in time as Cabrillo celebrates the anniversary of the lighting of the Old Point Loma Lighthouse.

 

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Flyer announcing new exhibit combining art and data
In collaboration with supporting artist Audrey Carver and our partners at the Climate Science Alliance, we are excited to unveil a new installation that explores the beauty of art and data. "Along the Transect Line" highlights each of the major scientific inventories at the park - from our Rocky Intertidal to the menagerie of birds that call Cabrillo home.

"Along the Transect Line" will be displayed from October -December 2017 and we very much hope you will come by to enjoy it.
 
Image promoting upcoming Ecologik Workshops

EcoLogik is a multidisciplinary program that fuses nature, and technology. The following specialty workshops are free of cost and available by reservation.




December 9, 2017: Biomimetic Loggers
1 – 3 pm - San Diego Central Library - Innovation Lab

February 10, 2018: 3D Cabrillo
1 – 3 pm - San Diego Central Library - Innovation Lab

May 12, 2018: Investigate Biodiversity
1 – 3 pm - Cabrillo National Monument - Auditorium

August 11, 2018: Explore Telemetry
1 – 3 pm - Cabrillo National Monument - Auditorium

FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER VISIT:WWW.CABRILLOEDUCATION.ORG/ECOLOGIK

 
Poster describing Naturally Speaking Talks

Naturally Speaking: Science Seminar Series


Join us as we explore the natural themes of Cabrillo National Monument in our Science Education Series "Naturally Speaking!" All talks will be held select Thursdays from 6-8 pm in the Cabrillo Auditorium.
**Space is limited so reserve your seat today at: https://goo.gl/forms/2ZNGVg4LRw3jGeUJ3

** This series is open exclusively to Cabrillo National Monument Foundation Members. Join the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation today at the Visitor Center or online at www.CNMF.org

November 30, 2017 Thursday – Naturally Speaking 6 – 8 PM

Talk Title: The Amazing World of Bats – Nature’s Tiny Fighter Jets – Don Endicott


Synopsis: Bats! Those strange, mysterious creatures we often only catch glimpses of around twilight. Bats are fascinating animals with incredible skills of flight and nighttime navigation. They contribute to our environment in surprising ways including serving as master catchers of insect pests, fertilizing wild fruits, and helping reforest disturbed lands. Poorly understood and frequently feared, they are under threat world-wide due to use of pesticides, loss of habitat, and being killed by humans. They need our protection as much as we need them in healthy populations. This multi-media presentation features photographs, video and audio clips, and specimens from the San Diego Natural History Museum to help us all understand and appreciate our nocturnal neighbors.

About: Don is a retired civilian research engineer and executive in the field of Navy Communications and Network Technologies. He is a National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide, presenting multi-media talks on Mountain Lions and on Bats for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County Parks, Mission Trails Regional Park, and other public venues. Don serves as a Mission Trails Regional Park Trail Guide and supports wildlife monitoring surveys and Peregrine Falcon monitoring for Cabrillo National Monument and Yosemite National Park. He serves as volunteer Archaeological Site Steward and is qualified as an Archaeology Technician for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, contributing to formal recording of sites and conducting impact assessments. An avid hiker and climber, he has enjoyed over 50 years exploring and photographing wildlife and wilderness settings throughout California and the western States. --

December 14, 2017 Thursday – Naturally Speaking 6 – 8 PM

Talk Title: Life on the Rocks – The Geology of the Point Loma Peninsula – Dr. Stephen Schellenberg


Synopsis: Take a step back in time with Professor of Geology Dr. Stephen Schellenberg and learn how the Point Loma Peninsula was formed and about some of the fossils you will see in the Cabrillo tidepools. --

January 18, Thursday – Naturally Speaking 6 – 8 PM

Talk title: Nature in Balance- The delicate balancing act of resources management in the NPS – Superintendent Andrea Compton


Synopsis: NPS leaders and staff are continually barraged with sometimes conflicting management objectives that focus on merging two aspects of the NPS mission -- protecting natural and cultural resources, and doing so for the current, and long-term enjoyment of the public and visitors. Join our very own CNM park superintendent, Andrea Compton, as she describes some of these balances that are interwoven into our agencies' responsibilities and our daily work.

About: Superintendent Andrea Compton has been superintendent at Cabrillo National Monument for about 2 years and worked for the NPS for over 15 years. She is delighted to return to this park since her first position with the NPS was as Chief of Natural Resources here. In between these two positions, she served as Chief of Natural and Cultural Resources at Joshua Tree National Park. Her background in ecology and interest in visitor management serve as foundations for the management decisions facing this park and all units of the NPS. --

March 22, 2018 Thursday – Naturally Speaking 6 – 8 PM


Talk Title: Peregrine Falcons – Masters of the Air!


Synopsis: Capable of diving at speeds exceeding 200 mph, Peregrine Falcons (Falco peregrinus – the “wanderer”) are considered the world’s fastest animal and one of the most widely occurring birds. They reside on all continents except Antarctica. Cruising at speeds of 40-55 mph, some Peregrines migrate incredible distances, covering 15,000 miles or more annually. Apex aerial predators, their populations dropped precipitously in the 1950s due primarily to the cumulative effects of exposure to DDT and they came dangerously close to extinction. Fortunately that trend was reversed and Peregrine populations have rebounded throughout most of the world including right here on Point Loma. This presentation relates that comeback story as well as provides an overview of their specialized anatomy, unique adaptations, and typical behaviors that help make them masters of the air.

About: Don is a retired civilian research engineer and executive in the field of Navy Communications and Network Technologies. He is a National Association of Interpretation Certified Interpretive Guide, presenting multi-media talks on Mountain Lions and on Bats for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, San Diego County Parks, Mission Trails Regional Park, and other public venues. Don serves as a Mission Trails Regional Park Trail Guide and supports wildlife monitoring surveys and Peregrine Falcon monitoring for Cabrillo National Monument and Yosemite National Park. He serves as volunteer Archaeological Site Steward and is qualified as an Archaeology Technician for Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, contributing to formal recording of sites and conducting impact assessments. An avid hiker and climber, he has enjoyed over 50 years exploring and photographing wildlife and wilderness settings throughout California and the western States. --


June 21, 2018 Thursday – Naturally Speaking 6 – 8 PM

Talk Title: “Am I Bugging You?: Insects of Cabrillo” – Patricia Simpson


Synopsis: Meet Cabrillo National Monument' smallest visitors. As one of the few coastal patches of land with native habitat, the park is an essential home for insects and other arthropods. Learn about their fascinating and often unconventional habits and life cycles and their relationship with plants and people.

About: Patricia Simpson is a volunteer naturalist. She is a wildlife rehabber with the San Diego Humane Society (Project Wildlife) specializing in songbirds and squirrels and a trail guide with Mission Trails Regional Park. At Cabrillo National Monument, she helps with various projects such as peregrine nesting monitoring or plant restoration and every week, she leads a nature walk for the public. --

July 19, 2018 Thursday – Naturally Speaking 6 – 8 PM

Talk Title: Of Islands and Reptiles – Roman Nava


Synopsis: Learn about the rattlesnake and reptile research going on at Cabrillo! Here we compared the snakes on Cabrillo and the Coronado Island. This research can give us a better idea of how these key predators respond to habitat fragmentation.

About: Roman Nava is a second year graduate student in Dr. Rulon Clark’s lab at San Diego State University. He is interested in animal behavior, conservation and evolutionary ecology. --

September 20, 2018 Thursday – Naturally Speaking 6-8 PM

Talk Title: Tolerating the Flames: Understanding Wildfire Management – Dr. Keith Lombardo


Synopsis: Wildfires have always played a critical role in southern California chaparral ecology. But to what degree? Are the massive, modern-day fires that cost millions of dollars to fight a natural phenomenon? Or are they a product of decades of mismanagement? Let's dig deep into southern California's past by examining the tree-ring record of one of the most unique conifers in the world, the fire-tolerant, chaparral-loving Bigcone Douglas-fir.

About: Keith Lombardo, PhD, Coastal Ecologist – National Park Service. Keith has served as the Chief of Natural Resource Management & Science at Cabrillo National Monument since 2012. He specializes in coastal ecology and is responsible for managing and guiding all long term terrestrial, marine and wildlife conservation programs in the park. Keith also directs a broad portfolio of collaborative research efforts and facilitates scientific partnerships including the Science Outreach Initiative, which fuses the sciences with art to engage people of all ages in the beauty of the natural world.

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