Explore the Reserve

The Torrey Pines Association, which works closely with the State Park and the Docent Society, has produced a series of very valuable videos. Here are the synopses of a handful of examples excerpted from their video page:

video-rulesPlaying by the Rules. Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offers beautiful scenery and hiking trails close to the homes and businesses of San Diego, Del Mar, and La Jolla, but bans food and dogs. Ranger Lisa Urbach shows us why special rules are necessary to protect the sensitive and fragile habitats in the Reserve.

Link to the TPA site: torreypines.org/index.php/webfilm-series


video-trailsTrails of Torrey Pines. Whether easy, moderate or challenging, the trails of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve offer natural beauty and peace in the midst of metropolitan San Diego. Explore this haven from the mesa top through groves of rare Torrey pine trees, wildflowers, and rugged sandstone cliffs down to the unspoiled beach. Discover how we need to protect and preserve this biogeographical island.

video-LodgeThe Historic Torrey Pines Lodge. Designed by noted architects Richard Requa and Herbert Jackson, and built between 1922-1923, this gracious Pueblo Revival structure was the gift of philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, who wished all could share her vision of “the scenic beauty and educational and recreational value” of Torrey Pines.

video-timeA Walk through Time. Beyond their stunning beauty, the cliffs of Torrey Pines stand like ramparts in the epic battle between the restless sea and the uplifting land due to the movement of tectonic plates. As storm waves attack the base of the cliff, it slowly retreats, leaving behind a terrace. The same processes formed another terrace 125,000 years ago, but that ancient beach now sits high on the bluffs.

video-beesBirds and Bees, Flowers and Seeds. Pollination is how plants reproduce. Pollen must be transferred from the male anther of a flower to a female stigma, usually on a different plant, so that the female can produce offspring: her seeds for the next generation. Interpretive Specialist Diane Greening explores the importance of pollinators and the various ways plants entice them to participate in the dance of propagation.

video-loveSharing a Love of Nature. The volunteers of Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve provide many services to the Reserve and its visitors. This dedicated group is the Torrey Pines Docent Society. Organized in 1975, the Docent Society is one of the oldest volunteer groups in the California State Park System. In this film, the Torrey Pines Association celebrates the myriad activities of the Torrey Pines Docent Society. Find out more about the role of docents at the Reserve, and why they love what they do.

We hope you now have the urge to watch these videos. The Torrey Pines Association has many more. We cannot take the credit away from them. So if you are ready to explore more about the Reserve through these videos, click on TPA Webfilm Series to go to their site.


Local Weather

Torrey Pines State Reserve, Calif.
As of 4:23 PM PDT, October 23
Temp: 69.5 F (20.8 C)
Humidity: 71%
Wind: From the NNE at 8.0 MPH Gusting to 9.0 MPH
Pressure: 29.92" (1013.1 mb)

Still to come on October 23:
• High Tide: 4:40 PM, 4.56 ft
• Low Tide: 11:40 PM, 0.35 ft
• Sunset: 6:05 PM

For details and forecast:
Weather Underground
Tide chart

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