The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and the San Dieguito River Park will officially open the new Birdwing Open Air Classroom, located at the San Dieguito Lagoon
off Via de la Valle, on May 13 at 10 a.m.

County Supervisor Dave Roberts will cut the ribbon to welcome the community to the new Birdwing Open Air Classroom. Roberts is Chairman of the San Dieguito River Park JPA. Leaders from the Conservancy, the River Park JPA, and other public officials will join him in celebrating this occasion. “I am pleased to have supported the construction of the San Dieguito River Park’s new outdoor classroom,” said Supervisor Dave Roberts. “This classroom will provide a place for viewing the park and a place to learn about the habitat, birds and other animals. It will be a great resource to attract visitors and to teach school children from throughout the region a love of the outdoors. This Birdwing will enable our children’s appreciation of nature to take flight.”

The unique Birdwing Open Air Classroom, designed by award-winning Spurlock Poirier Landscape Architects and Roesling Nakamura Terada Architects, fits seamlessly into the natural landscape of the Lagoon. It serves as a gathering place for visitors of all ages and abilities to learn about the abundant natural resources of the San Dieguito River watershed and to participate in a wide variety of educational, research, and recreational programs. The Lagoon is the gateway to the San Dieguito
River Park, which extends over 55 miles from the coast at Del Mar to the crest at Volcan Mountain near Julian.

Former County Supervisor, Pam Slater-Price jump-started the project with a $340,000 grant to the River Park. In November 2013, Dave Roberts secured another $150,000 to complete the construction of the Birdwing.

The San Dieguito RiverValley Conservancy raised over $170,000 through major donations from the D’Augustine Family Foundation, the Del Mar Foundation, Jimbos Natural Foods Grocer, Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, the Tippett Foundation, Joan Griffin, the Price Family Charitable Fund, Southern California Edison, the William Schwartz Memorial Fund, Doe Family Trust, Solana Beach Civic & Historical Society, and donations from many individual Conservancy supporters.

The classroom will offer free, public programs beginning May 17 and running through July. For a list of the programs visit www.sdrvc.org/news_events/free-public-events-at-the-birdwing-open-air-classroom.