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Coasters - North County Coastal Group
The Coasters are the geographic division of the San Diego Chapter for the north coastal area, Del Mar to Oceanside. We organize a variety of Sierra Club activities in coastal North County, including outings, social events, and conservation efforts.

We organize local hikes, usually on the first Saturday of each month. Format is a 9 am morning hike, optional lunch, done by noon. We walk in the north coast area, from Penasquitos to Oceanside. When tides are favorable, we are on the beach. Hikes are listed here, below, and in the Happenings singles group newsletter.

The Coasters meet on the third Tuesday of each month. Our meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr, Encinitas, CA 92024. The center is at the intersection of Encinitas Blvd. and Balour Drive. From I-5, take Encinitas Blvd East to Balour Drive (at the top of the hill) and turn right, then turn left on Oakcrest Park Drive. The entrance is off Oakcrest Park drive, just South of Encinitas Blvd on Balour. (Map)

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Coaster News

Updated on March 3, 2015

Coasters Meeting

On Tuesday, March 17 at 6:30 pm, we will have a talk from Marjorie Fox, Director of the Encinitas Environmental Education (E3) Cluster about their activities.

The Encinitas Environmental Education (E3) Cluster, which include San Diego Botanical Garden, Encinitas Union School District-Farm Lab, Seacrest Retirement Village, Magdalena Ecke YMCA, San Dieguito Heritage Museum and the Leichtag Foundation (which owns the 67.5 acre Encinitas property). This unique neighborhood coalition provides for a wide range of opportunities for exploring innovative programs focused hands-on farming, nutrition and environmental education. The goals of the E3 Cluster include:
· Preserving and encouraging access to nature.
· Supporting environmental education, health and well-being for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities.
· Developing experiential learning, multigenerational programs including those around the nexus of agriculture, horticulture, nutrition, science, sustainability and community building.

2015 Meeting Schedule We are returning to a full meeting schedule for 2015. The meetings will be on the third Tuesday of every month. Our meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Encinitas Community Center.

Location: The center is at the intersection of Encinitas Blvd. and Balour Drive. From I-5, take Encinitas Blvd East to Balour Drive (at the top of the hill) and turn right, then turn left on Oakcrest Park Drive. The entrance is off Oakcrest Park drive, just South of Encinitas Blvd on Balour.

Future Meetings

On Tuesday, April 21 we will have a talk by Lane Sharman on Community Choice Aggregation - a new approach to community-controlled energy choices.

Community choice aggregation (CCA) is a state policy that enables local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining the existing electricity provider for transmission and distribution services. There are many reasons that a community may choose to develop a CCA, including the option to purchase more green power, reduce electricity cost, and provide power from more local sources.

Local Hikes

Wednesday, March 11, Wed In The Mtns - Encinitas South Beach
Dayhike (E5A) Easy 5 miles less than 500 feet elevation change
Leader Mac Downing - Assistant Needed
Beautiful beach walk, great scenes. Meet 9:30 am in parking lot above beach at C and Third Sts in Encinitas, Thomas 1147-B7, 300 C Street. Use Encinitas Blvd exit off hwy 5, go west under rail road and across Coast Highway Old 101 to Third St. Turn left onto Third, drive up hill one block, turn right on C street and go into parking lot. Bring water and comfortable hiking shoes or boots. Optional Roxy's restaurant lunch at end. Rain or drizzle cancels, msg on Mac's phone. Signup email (prefer) or call Mac before 8:30 pm. Open to Main Chapter.
Contact Mac Downing M2CDOW4@YAHOO.COM or 619-542-9320
calls before 8:30 pm please
Saturday, March 14, Coasters Saturday Oceanside Beach
Dayhike (E5A) Easy 5 miles less than 500 feet elevation change
Leader: Mac Downing - Assistant: Needed
Beautiful 9 am beach walk in Oceanside. Great scenes. Bring water and comfortable hiking shoes or boots. Rain or drizzle cancels. Optional lunch at the Broiler in Oceanside Harbor. Hike limited to 20 sign ups Email (prefer) or call Mac. Open to Main Chapter. Contact: Mac Downing
619-542-9320 or
Saturday, April 11, Coasters Saturday Del Mar Beach Walk
Dayhike (E5A) Easy 5 miles less than 500 feet elevation change
Leader: Mac Downing - Assistant: Needed
Enjoy easy beautiful morning beach hike in the Del Mar area. We will be along the ocean, with great views. Wear suitable footgear and bring water. Optional restaurant afterwards. Reservations required. To sign up use Email (prefer) or call before 8:30 pm, limited to 20. Rain cancels. Contact: Mac Downing
619-542-9320 or M2CDOW4@YAHOO.COM

Local Hikes - Other Organizations

Guided Nature Walks at San Elijo Lagoon

San Elijo Lagoon Nature Center,
2710 Manchester Avenue
See for more information.

More Outings

We have set up an online listing of Chapter Outings. You can find it here.
You can sign up to receive an outings listing monthly by email. To sign up, click here.

And more

See other events at:

Sierra Club San Diego Events

San Diego Audubon events

Buena Vista Audubon Events

San Diego Coastkeeper

Surfrider Foundation - San Diego
Events -
Beach Cleanups -

The California Native Plant Society

San Dieguito River Park

The Escondido Creek Conservancy

The Natural History Museum calendar page

The combined environmental calendar page

REI Encinitas Events

Adventure 16 Events

Environmental Links

The California Coastal Commission

Carlsbad Watershed Network

The Desert Protective Council

The Escondido Creek Conservancy

The Solana Center for Environmental Innovation

Friends of the Foothills

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy

Marine Protected Areas

Wilderness For All

San Diego Tracking Team

The Wild Side News

Endangered Species Coalition

Sierra Club Blogs


The Green Life:

Taking the Initiative:

Food Links

Food Not Lawns
Local Food
La Vida Locavore
Edible San Diego
Farmers Markets

For More Information

About the Coasters, contact:
  • David Grubb, at 760 753-0273.

The Coasters ExCom members for 2014 are:
David Grubb - Chair
Peg Kessler
Linda Lyerly - Treasurer
Cathryn Rathsam
Marc Sands
Barbara Walker
Coaster Documents

Environmental Events

Bighorn Sheep: Wilderness Icon

Friday, March 6, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Sierra Talks: Stimulating Speakers, Socializing, and Snacking
Joyce Beers Center, 3900 Vermont Street, San Diego, CA 92103, USA
Speaker: Mark Jorgensen - Bighorn Sheep: Wilderness Icon
Join us at 6:30 pm for refreshments and representatives from Chapter groups.
At 7 pm, Mark Jorgensen will present Bighorn Sheep: Wilderness Icon with discussions afterward. Mark brings his decades of experience studying desert bighorn sheep and managing their habitat to provide this informative presentation, including high quality desert bighorn photographs by Jeff Young. The photos feature rare behavior of the elusive sheep in their rugged desert habitat, ewes nurturing newborn lambs, and massive rams in stunning ritualized combat for dominance. Location is the Joyce Beers Center at 3900 Vermont St., San Diego, across the street from Trader Joe’s. Additional parking is available under Trader Joe’s and Ralphs Market.

Climate Action Rally and Walk

Sunday, March 15, 2015 at 2:00 PM
202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101

In keeping with our Chapter’s long term goal of transitioning to 100% Clean Energy, a Climate Action Rally and Walk is scheduled for March 15th at 2 p.m. at San Diego City Hall Plaza. The purpose of the event is to call on President Obama and the United States Government to immediately commence a social and economic World War II-style mobilization to restore a climate that is safe, stable, and supportive of human civilization. As happened for 4 years in World War II, such a mobilization might involve suspension of automobile production with auto factories converted to making conservation materials, solar panels and windmills. The rally at the plaza will include music by the Swamp Critters, a raffle of 2 new bicycles to two lucky rally attendees, and some informative speeches. Then there will be a walk to the U.S. Federal Building at Front Street and Broadway where a notice will be pasted on the front door informing the President and our government of the call for a National Climate Mobilization, followed by a few other speakers. As part of the national mobilization, the goal is to reduce our country’s net greenhouse gas emissions 100 percent by 2025. Another goal is to expand our carbon-neutral agricultural systems. As in World War II, full employment will be achieved. Sponsoring the event is the Climate Mobilization Action Coalition, which is asking the San Diego Sierra Club to help sponsor the event and provide a speaker about national and local Sierra Club climate action activities. Nancy Casady, general manager of Ocean Beach People’s Organic Food Co-op, one of the organizers, said, “Climate change threatens the collapse of civilization within this century and confronting this crisis is the great moral imperative of our time. In addition to the March event, she said there will be events in June, September and December with the goal of having 30,000 San Diegans in the streets by December which would be the 3% of the population that Naomi Klein, author of “This Changes Everything,” has said is needed to get renewable energy adopted.

Encinitas Housing Element Update

The housing element is a critical component of the city's general plan. It determines how the city will grow.

Share your thoughts on future housing choices for our community. The City of Encinitas is using an interactive system to collect comments on housing plans. Find out more:

A good article on the legal issues:
Encinitas' housing policies draw legal scrutiny
By LYLE MORAN, The Daily Transcript, Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Join the MPA Watch Team

In 2012, California's network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) was expanded to include eleven protected offshore and wetland sites in San Diego County. Take is restricted in these areas to recover the fisheries and ecosystem health of our near-shore coastal environment. Yet their sustainable use is encouraged which includes surfing, hiking, diving, kayaking, fishing in some locations and a number of other activities. Additionally, there are public stewardship opportunities to help protect San Diego's MPAs.

One of these activities is a statewide MPA Watch program to collect human use data on how people are using the region's MPAs. These citizen science surveys are contributing to the statewide management and review of California's 127 MPAs. With a quick training, data sheet and clip board, you can help us protect San Diego County's underwater parks. There are three wetland MPAs in coastal North County, at the San Dieguito, San Elijo, and Bataquitos lagoons, so you can help locally while walking the lagoon trails.

For more information on San Diego County's MPAs, see See for more about the MPA Watch program.

To get involved with the North County Wetlands MPA Watch program please email Dave Grubb at
El Salto Falls
El Salto Falls, Buena Vista Creek