The Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm.The Visitor Center offers a variety of hands-on, interactive activities for all ages as well as a collection of videos (including videos in Spanish) that are shown upon request. Our educational videos aim to educate the public about estuaries and watersheds, including estuary flora and fauna, estuarine ecology and natural processes.

From the Visitor Center, guests can easily access our North and South McCoy trails, which take visitors into prime bird-watching areas and to the mouth of the Tijuana River. Equestrian trails are available on the south end of the Tijuana Estuary and horses can be rented from neighboring stables. (Call ahead for equestrian trails in case they are closed due to bad weather.)

A bookstore is located inside the Visitor Center where T-shirts, sweatshirts, field guides, videos and other items are available for purchase. Proceeds go to the Tijuana Estuary.

Estuary staff is available to answer your questions and update you on any important environmental news as well as give tips on how to help preserve and protect our natural resources.

On-Going events:

Bird Walks: Every Sunday, 3-4pm and on the 1st and 4th Saturday , 9-10am. Walks begin at the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted on calendar. Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages welcome. No reservations required. FREE!

Nature Walks: One Saturday per month (see calendar for exact dates) from 10:30 - Noon. Nature walks meet at 5th & Iris Streets in Imperial Beach. Bring binoculars if you have them. All ages are welcome. Reservations required. FREE!

Jr. Rangers: Free activities for students 7-11 years of age, every Thursday from 3:15-4:45pm (check calendar for holidays). Jr. Rangers learn about the ecology of estuaries, the importance of wetlands and will discover an appreciation for this disappearing ecosystem by participating in related hands-on activities. Earn patches, buttons and more! Programs held rain or shine. FREE!

Friday Speaker Series: The third Friday of the month from 12-1:30pm, schedule changes in the summer to evenings presentations from 6:30-8pm (check calendar for exact dates). Different topic and speaker each month. Bring your sack lunch. FREE!

Reserve Restoration: 1st Saturday of each month beginning at 9am. Come help Tijuana Estuary staff restore native habitat. Activities include removal of exotic vegetation, planting of native vegetation and trail maintenance. Bring hat, sunscreen and drinking water. Please call for reservation.

Nature Films: A variety of films are available for viewing upon request at the Visitor Center, including a film on the Tijuana Estuary. Just ask at the Visitor Center. FREE!

Research Library: Available upon request for public use during normal Visitor Center hours. Our library contains books, reports, periodicals and thesis papers on a variety of subjects relative to wetlands and restoration as well as information on policy and management. FREE!


Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center
301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, California 91932