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  • Nature Trail at The Nat
    Now open
  • Nature Trail at The Nat
    Now open
  • Nature Trail at The Nat
    Now open

Nature Trail at The Nat

Nature surrounds us. And we’re part of it, too.

We’re planted in a pretty special corner of the world. San Diego and the Baja California Peninsula are home to thousands of unique species, all closely intertwined. Native plants are the foundation of our shared ecosystem: they save water, support wildlife, and make our communities healthier (and prettier!) places to live. Our new outdoor exhibit introduces visitors to the beautiful and beneficial native plants that make this place so full of life.

Join us for an outdoor Garden Fair on Saturday, June 29 to celebrate the opening of the Nature Trail and to learn more about native plants.

Pocket gardens and interpretive trails surround The Nat’s building with living displays of native and low-water plants that provide habitat for pollinators and other wildlife. The garden will also serve as the centerpiece of a new outdoor education initiative to teach fifth graders about regional biodiversity in Balboa Park.

This project is a cornerstone of our anniversary celebration in 2024 and is part of the Museum’s mission to connect locals and visitors to the nature around them. It is made possible through private philanthropy and partnerships with the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department, Spurlock Landscape Architects, and plant and garden advisors throughout the region.

The Nature Trail is a free amenity for all Park visitors and serves as our birthday present to the community. To continue learning about nature in our region, buy a ticket to the Museum to explore our exhibits.

Nature all around

Unique plant groupings and interpretive experiences are waiting to be discovered on all sides of the building. Learn more.

Help our garden grow

You can show your support for our region’s unique biodiversity and give back to the community through a gift to the Nature Trail. Learn more.

The garden will be a gift to the community that marks our 150 years of commitment to nature in San Diego. We aim to connect more people with the natural world, even if they never step foot inside the Museum. Because we believe nature is the greatest exhibition of all.

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Nature Trail Accessibility

The Nat welcomes all backgrounds and abilities to the Museum and Nature Trail. The approximately .2 mile trail is fully ADA accessible with decomposed granite paths and/or concrete sidewalks throughout the pocket gardens. The trail circulates the perimeter of the Museum in the heart of Balboa Park. Find more resources to plan your visit.

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