Canyon Day and Canyon Classroom 2019

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Canyon Day Clean-up
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Tecolote Canyon

Canyon Classroom
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Mesa College Organic Garden area

Canyon Day
Canyon Classroom

Canyon Day is an annual canyon clean-up hosted by Mesa College in conjunction with the City of San Diego and Park Rangers from the Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center. Students, faculty, and staff from Mesa College, along with members of the broader community join together to clean a section of Tecolote Canyon and the nature trails adjacent to the college.

We remove trash, debris and non-native plants, to improve the environment and quality of the trails. Canyon Day is recommended for 10 years and older. Everyone is welcome to participate and refreshments will be provided. Volunteers will also receive a FREE commemorative t-shirt (while supplies last). Students can earn 4 hours of community service hours for participating.

Canyon Classroom is a free family-friendly educational outreach event with interactive educational booths and activities, designed to inform elementary and middle school children about the wonderful environmental and recreational resources in Tecolote Canyon. A limited number of Canyon tours will also be conducted once the canyon is cleaned. Canyon Classroom is supported by students and staff in Mesa’s teacher education program. Canyon Classroom is all-ages and family friendly. Young attendees will receive a free give-away item (while supplies last).

Please RSVP for Canyon Day 2019: (
Please RSVP for Canyon Classroom 2019: (
To volunteer to assist with Canyon Classroom, please register here:

Please note that your RSVP allows us to order enough t-shirts and refreshments for all participants.

  • Canyon Day Clean-up schedule is below.
  • All participants will be asked to sign a Waiver Form at Registration.
  • Community service credit is available (up to 4 hours).
  • All participants receive a free t-shirt and refreshments (while supplies last) and a certificate of participation.

hope you'll join us. It’s hard work but loads of fun, and a great way to help your community!


7:45 - 8:15 a.m. REGISTRATION

  • Meet in Mesa College Parking Lot #1, off Marlesta Dr. to register.
  • Please do not drop off or park at the trailhead.
  • Please bring work gloves if you have some.
  • After registering, you'll walk down to the clean-up area.

8:15 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

  • Park Rangers will provide a safety talk before the canyon cleanup, which will involve instructions on trash and invasive species removal.
  • Tools and supplies are provided.
  • Participants will be divided into groups led by Team Leaders.

8:30- 9:00 a.m. CLEANUP BEGINS

  • Clean-up begins. Impromptu information talks about the flora, fauna and geology of the canyon will be presented by Mesa College professors.
  • Cleanup: Until 11:30 a.m. or areas are cleared.

11:30am - 12:00 p.m. CONCLUSION

  • Refreshments
  • Certificates


  • Canyon Clean up is not recommended for children under 10 years of age.
  • Children under 18 must have signed waiver slips AND be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
  • The waiver forms are available above and on the day of the event.
  • Closed-toe shoes, long pants and long-sleeve shirts are required. Please bring work gloves if you have some
  • If you require special accommodations, please contact us by April 5, 2019.

9:45 - 10:15 a.m. REGISTRATION

  • Meet in Mesa College Parking Lot #1, off Marlesta Dr. to register.
  • Please do not drop off or park at the trailhead.
  • After registering, you'll walk down to the Organic Garden

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

  • Educational activities and interactive educational booths
  • Tools and supplies are provided.
  • Participants will be divided into groups led by Team Leaders.
  • Limited number of canyon tours (30 mins) available. Sign-up required

12:00 p.m. CONCLUSION



  • Park in Lot #1 at Mesa College, off Marlesta Dr.
  • Parking is free and permits are NOT required for the day.
  • For safety precautions, drop offs should also be made in Parking Lot #1.
  • Participants will walk down to the site. Please be careful and use crosswalks while crossing Genesee.

Are you a camera or video buff? We're looking for volunteers to take photos or record video for this year's event; please contact Jennifer Kearns in the Office of Communications at

If you did not receive your certificate of participation documenting your community service, please email Jennifer Nichols Kearns at


In collaboration with representatives of the various communities surrounding Mesa College, create an opportunity for community collaboration focusing on outreach, education and awareness of conservation of the environment and preservation of Tecolote Canyon.

Community and College Partners

San Diego Mesa College appreciates all of our campus and community partners who help support Canyon Day each year either via cash donations, in-kind donations or volunteerism.

Canyon Day at San Diego Mesa College was conceived of in 2007, and created in 2008 at the recommendation of then District 6 City Councilmember Donna Frye. We appreciate her vision, contributions and participation in this annual event.

2018 Partners
San Diego Mesa College
City of San Diego Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center
City of San Diego Park and Recreation
Linda Vista Town Council

Nature Links
City of San Diego Tecolote Canyon Natural Park and Nature Center

2019 Canyon Day Committee

Canyon Day Chair: Jennifer Nichols Kearns, Director of Communications, San Diego Mesa College
City of San Diego Park Rangers: Steven Smith, Sr. Park Ranger, City of San Diego
Canyon Classroom Co-chairs: Prof. Laurie Lorence, Teacher Education Program, and Prof. Waverly Ray, Geography

Members: Waverly Ray, Laurie Lorence, Leticia Lopez, Jacqueline Collins, Ailene Crakes, Agustin Rivera, Ryan Shumaker Victoria Miller, Michael Fitzgerald, Gilda Maldonado, Smith, Steven, Ramiro Hernandez, Sofia Castellani – Staedler, Jennifer Park, Karla Trutna, Vanndaro Chhum, Diana Medero, Shawn Fawcett, Susan Topham, Tavaris Franklin, Angela Garcia, Katlin Choi, Anabel Pulido and Hai Duong.

Honorary Members: Pamela Luster, President, San Diego Mesa College, San Diego Community College District, Chris Manis, Vice Chancellor, Facilities.

Contact Information

Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Chair and Media Contact

Partnership and/or Business Sponsorship Opportunities


Jennifer Nichols Kearns
Director of Communications
Canyon Day Chair and Media Contact

Krista Stellmacher
Director of Resource Development
San Diego Mesa College Foundation
(619) 388-2285      

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