Ruth Merrill Children's Interpretive Walk
This Children’s Interpretive Walk is dedicated to Ruth Merrill
who contributed greatly to the preservation of open space through
her dedicated volunteer work with the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy and who worked for the betterment of children
around the world through her volunteer efforts at UNICEF.
Incorporated into the first mile of the Highland Valley Trail
is a kid-oriented interpretive walk that will introduce school-age
children to the concept of native habitats and the importance
of our natural river systems. Children will also have the opportunity
to learn about some of the native plants and animals found in
Numbered posts indicating Discovery Points are located along
the trail. These numbers correspond to information provided in
illustrated interpretive pamphlets available from the San Dieguito
River Park. The program includes a 1.5-mile walk with 13 Discovery
Points, or a longer 2-mile option that travels through a mature
oak woodland and includes two additional Discovery Points.
In the Witch Fire of 2007, the trail was burned. The Discovery Points had to be re-done to correspond with the features that remained. The Interpretive pamphlets for the Ruth Merrill Interpretive Walk were reprinted with donations in memory of park supporter, Chuck Anderson.
Interpretive pamphlets are available free of charge
from the San Dieguito River Park by calling (858) 674-2275 x
scout, and other interested groups are encouraged to utilize
this program as a tool to expand children’s understanding of
the natural environment. Here is a link to the pamphlet.
Reader is required to read the flyer.
The Highland Valley Trail is located on the south side of Highland
Valley Road, in the Rancho Bernardo area. Exit W. Bernardo Dr./Pomerado
Rd. from I-15. Head east, then turn left onto Highland Valley
Rd., then an immediate right into the dirt parking lot. The site
is located directly across the street from the Pepper Tree Nursery.
Funding for this program was provided by the City of Poway,
County of San Diego Community Enhancement Program Funds provided
by Supervisor Pam Slater, and private donations. Numbered posts
were crafted and installed by Eagle Scout Curtis Shipp, Jr.,
Troop #277. The Children's Seating Area was a gift from the Soroptimist
of Rancho Bernardo in support of environmental programs in the
Rancho Bernardo area.
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