Museum Month – Step Outdoors into the National Wildlife Refuge

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Another Museum Month participant is the Tijuana Estuary Visitors Center. No, the Center is not in Tijuana. It is named after the Tijuana River, which flows from Tijuana through the border to Imperial Beach, where it empties out into the Pacific Ocean. The area surrounding the American portion of the Tijuana River is set aside as a National Wildlife Refuge.

The Tijuana Estuary Center is an interpretive center run by California State Parks with support from the federal government because the area is one of twenty-eight National Estuarine Research Reserves in the country.

Be sure to check the ‘sightings board’ or ask the ranger for the best places to see wildlife on the surrounding trails. For example, in the past, visitors could see burrowing owls on the path heading towards the nearby Navy helicopter training center.

You can read more about visiting the Tijuana River Estuary in my San Diego Travel Guide.

**This post is part of a month long series highlighting unique tidbits about museums participating in the Macy’s half-off admissions sponsorship during the month of February.**

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