The Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation is a private non-profit organization that works to preserve the lagoon and educate the public about the natural history of the lagoon. The Foundation operates the Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation Nature Center, with programs and guided walks about the importance of the lagoon as a habitat for birds, insects, plants, fish, mammals and benthic organisms. The nature center is open daily.
The Batiquitos Lagoon is said to have been a trading outpost for pirates in the 1600s. Although no evidence has been found, there is a local legend that claims that there is buried treasure on the island.
Aviara is a resort neighborhood in the southern part of Carlsbad, located in San Diego County, California. The community is approximately 30 minutes from the downtown portion of the city of San Diego. In 1989, the community was developed and later incorporated into the nearby city of Carlsbad. As of the 2005 census, it had a total population of 5,050.
The faux gated community is set in the hills of South Carlsbad, overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Batiquitos Lagoon. Aviara is just north of Encinitas and west of La Costa. The community is mostly residential except for the Park Hyatt Resort (formerly the Four Seasons Resort) and Aviara golf and country club. In the annual Forbes magazine ranking of "Most Expensive Zip Codes" in the U.S., Aviara's 92011 Zip code ranked among some of the most expensive in the nation. Many properties command views of the ocean, Batiquitos Lagoon, and Aviara golf course. The community is noted for its lush landscaping, gated communities, and abundance of jacaranda trees that frame many of the streets.
During 2008, Aviara was the only community in San Diego County not affected by the housing crisis .
To preserve quality of life, the community council has numerous stringent ordinances, including laws against dead lawns, architectural styles, permanent basketball hoops and courts, satellite dishes and exterior paint colors. It is also a violation to leave trashcans on the street or in public view. With the exception of one community, Mirabella, multi-family housing is not permitted.Residents who wish to improve, add-on, or make further construction changes to their homes must undergo a strict and lengthy process that includes a community hearing, submitted proposal, and consent among all neighbors. The plans must be approved by the community in order for construction to begin. At times, residents can be denied construction rights by the city if their plan does not satisfy architectural or landscaping requirements.
The community received some media attention in 2004 when a resident was arrested for defrauding an estimated $191 million from elderly people across the United States. Larre Jaye Schlarmann and three others were each ordered held on $144 million bail. In 2005 Schlarmann entered into a plea agreement, pleading guilty to money laundering and elder abuse.Well known residents of the area include members of the Pulitzer family.Batiquitos Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area
Batiquitos Lagoon State Marine Conservation Area (SMCA) is a marine protected area in San Diego on California’s south coast. It is part of Batiquitos Lagoon, a coastal tidal wetland lying within the city limits of Carlsbad, California and adjacent to Encinitas, California. The SMCA covers 2000 miles. The SMCA protects marine life by limiting the removal of marine wildlife from within its borders.Burton Creek State Park
Burton Creek State Park is a state park of California, USA, located in Placer County near Truckee.
Situated on the outskirts of Tahoe City, the park offers 6 miles (9.7 km) of unpaved roadway for hiking and cross-country skiing. The 1,890-acre (760 ha) park was established in 1976.George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area
George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area is a state park unit on the Merced River Merced County, California. It is located in the San Joaquin Valley about 20 miles (32 km) south of Modesto.Gregg Juarez
Gregg Juarez (January 9, 1924 – May 26, 2018) was an American art dealer who has been the proprietor of a series of galleries in both Europe and the United States, as well as a noted philanthropist. A native Californian, he was a ninth-generation member of a family which predates California becoming part of the United States. Indeed, early members of the clan were the participants in the first recorded marriage in Mission Santa Barbara in the 18th century. Over the years Juarez has owned galleries in Beverly Hills, Paris and Palm Beach, Florida. As a philanthropist he was a patron of both Pepperdine University and Scripps Health. Juarez resided in Carlsbad, California in a large pink house overlooking the Batiquitos Lagoon, which was filled with his personal collection of artwork, including pieces by artists such as by Auguste Rodin, Joan Miro, Marc Chagall..Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area
Hollenbeck Canyon Wildlife Area is located near Jamul in California. The former cattle ranch was designated a wildlife area in 2001, and forms a wildlife corridor between Otay Mountain Wilderness and Jamul Mountains under the protection of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. The area is open to the public for activities including hunting, equestrian use, hiking, mountain-biking, and (hunting) dog training.List of California state forests
This is a list of California state forests, operated by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.List of nature centers in California
This is a list of nature centers and environmental education centers in the state of California.
To use the sortable tables: click on the icons at the top of each column to sort that column in alphabetical order; click again for reverse alphabetical order.McConnell State Recreation Area
The McConnell State Recreation Area is on the banks of the Merced River, about two miles northeast of Livingston (on U.S. Route 99 between Turlock and Merced). Fishing is popular for catfish, black bass and perch. There are picnic, camping and play areas.Monterey State Beach
Monterey State Beach is a protected beach on southern Monterey Bay in Monterey County, California.
It extends from the city of Monterey to Seaside.
The Seaside end of Monterey State Beach is a popular launch spot for paragliders. Surf fishing is permitted.North Coast Corridor
The North Coast Corridor is an infrastructure improvement project in northern San Diego County, California that will upgrade road, rail, pedestrian, and bicycle transportation infrastructure, as well as fund environmental restoration. The project has a $6 billion budget, and after beginning the first phases of construction in late 2016 is planned to be completed over the following 40 years.North County (San Diego area)
North County is a region in the northern area of San Diego County, California. It is the second-most populous region in the county (after San Diego), with an estimated population of 826,985. North County is well known for its affluence, especially in Encinitas, Carlsbad, Del Mar, Rancho Santa Fe, and Solana Beach, where house prices range, on average, above one million dollars. Cities along the 78 freeway (Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Escondido) have more mixed incomes.
Beach culture is prominent in the area, and many of the region's beaches and lagoons are protected areas to help ensure the environment remains pristine, though there has been pressure from commercial entities to develope some of these areas.Quail Ridge Reserve
Quail Ridge Reserve is a 2,000-acre (810 ha) nature reserve in northern California. It is located in the vicinity of Lake Berryessa and the Blue Ridge Berryessa Natural Area, in Napa County, California.
The Quail Ridge Reserve is administered by the University of California, Davis, and is a unit of the University of California Natural Reserve System.The habitat protected is of the California interior chaparral and woodlands plant community. Quail Ridge Reserve is also the location of QuRiNet, a wireless mesh network.Rancho Las Encinitas
Rancho Las Encinitas was a 4,434-acre (17.94 km2) Mexican land grant in present-day San Diego County, California given in 1842 by Governor Juan Alvarado to Andrés Ybarra. The grant was named “Los Encinitos” which means " little oaks", but was later misspelled as “Las Encinitas”. The grant extended along the Pacific coast north from San Elijo Lagoon to Batiquitos Lagoon, and encompassed present-day Leucadia, Encinitas, Cardiff-by-the-Sea and Olivenhain, California.San Elijo State Beach
San Elijo State Beach is a California State Beach in San Diego County, California, United States,Sierra National Forest
Sierra National Forest is a U.S. National Forest located on the western slope of central Sierra Nevada in Central California and bounded on the northwest by Yosemite National Park and the south by Kings Canyon National Park. The forest is known for its mountain scenery and natural resources. Forest headquarters are located in Clovis, California. There are local ranger district offices in North Fork and Prather.Stone Lake (California)
Stone Lake is in Stone Lake State Park, a California State Park, located in Sacramento County, California. The open space property protects two rare natural Central Valley lakes and their surrounding riparian habitat and grassland areas.
The County of Sacramento operates Stone Lake.Sunset State Beach
Sunset State Beach is a park and beach on Monterey Bay, in Santa Cruz County, California.
It is operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation.Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area
Woodson Bridge State Recreation Area is a woodland park located along the Sacramento River in Tehama County, California.