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New Preserve & Open Space Ranger Station

A new Ranger Station nears completion at the intersection of Black Mountain Road and Mercy Road. It will be home for the rangers of both Black Mtn. Open Space Park and Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve.

Read more in the current newsletter

New Video by Jim Karnik

A Long Tradition of Flying at Black Mountain Park. See the video here.



Videos of nature conservation and outdoor recreation.

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About us

The Friends of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve is a volunteer organization which has been protecting the preserve for more than 25 years. The Friends assist the city and county rangers through such activities as leading interpretive walks, performing wildlife and other scientific studies, removing invasive exotics and replanting with natives, installing kiosks, and coordinating Scout projects. Past scout projects have included building small bridges, installing interpretive signs, building and installing owl boxes, and restoring trails. The Board meets bi-monthly and welcomes new volunteers in any capacity.



There are many ways you can help care for your local nature preserves including Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve, Carmel Mountain, the Del Mar Mesa, and Black Mountain Parks.   Restoration Work Projects, Endangered Plant Surveys, Wildlife Surveys, Trail Building & Maintenance are among the many possible ways to volunteer.

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Links to local environmental groups, project reports, plant and animal lists.



Tracking Team

The Los Penasqusitos Tracking Team offers a number of classes in the art of wildlife tracking and naturalist skills development. We host a free, monthly tracking walk on the 2nd Saturday of each month which is open to anyone who has an interest in learning more about tracking.

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