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Buena Vista Nature Center & Audubon: Over the Bridges and Through the Reeds

Buena Vista Nature Center & Audubon: Over the Bridges and Through the Reeds

I learned about the Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center in Oceanside at a Richard Louv talk in Carlsbad.

The Audubon Society had a table in the lobby where they were promoting their annual spring fundraising auction — where they auction off birdhouses that children have decorated and donated.

Directions to the Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center:  Take Interstate 5 towards San Diego and exit at the 78 (Vista Way). Instead of heading east, head west towards the beach. Turn left at South Coast Highway and look for the nature center on your left before the Buena Vista Lagoon. (Address: 2202 S. Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA) MAP TO THE BUENA VISTA NATURE CENTER


  • The center underwent a big renovation in 2014.
  • The volunteers are always a highlight of places like this – strike up a conversation and learn something! Ask what animals they’ve been seeing and where.
  • We donated $1 for a Nature Treasure Hunt map which led us on the short trail around the lagoon.
  • The nature walk was short and appropriate for all ages.
  • You’ll get to walk through reed-lined trails and across bridges.
  • Keep your eyes open and your voices quiet to listen for birds! We saw turtles in the water and small fish, too.
  • There is a native plant garden and interpretive signs on the kiosk directly across the driveway from the Nature Center.
  • Kids will like the gift shop – and parents will like the books in the gift shop.

Be Aware:

  • Closed Sundays and Mondays
  • The trail is short, but not really stroller friendly.


Originally published in May 2013.


Sunday 2nd of June 2013

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