Amigos de Bolsa Chica's Self-Guided Tour

The Amigos de Bolsa Chica's Self-Guided Tour is designed to be used as an adjunct activity to expand learning through the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve (BCER). It has been designed in response to restrictions on group gatherings due to COVID-19, but could have additional long-term applications for other groups, including enrichment for home-schooled youth, on-line learners, and families seeking to expand their knowledge of the environment. Additionally, teachers who utilize the Amigos de Bolsa Chica Virtual Wetlands Tour with their classes, may have students who want to visit the BCER to experience it in person and delve more deeply into history and ecology of the area.

The tour takes participants from the south parking lot at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, across the footbridge, and along the path up to the overlook area. Along the path are a series of 17 panels that provide information on the history, importance, and ecology of the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve.

The Self-Guided Tour provides:

  • Questions for each panel to encourage students to reflect on the information. (Currently, we have focused on high school level students as they are more likely to be able to visit the Ecological Reserve on their own. However, questions could be modified or shortened for younger students.)
  • An answer guide for teachers
  • Details on how the informational panels and student questions connect to the California Next Generation Science Standards for High School and the corresponding Disciplinary Core Ideas.
  • Additional links are made with the History Social Science Standards for 11th grade and the Historical and Social Science Analysis Skills for grades 9 -12.

Download and take the Self-Guided Tour today!

We hope to continue our Naturalist-led tours in the future when it is safe to gather in groups. Until then, we want to encourage individuals to get outdoors and visit the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve. Remember to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.


While all Amigos de Bolsa Chica education efforts are free of charge, we ask for your help by making a donation of any amount. The programs on this page are part of the our COVID-19 response and your financial support will help the Amigos de Bolsa Chica reach under served students and create other incentives for learning more about our precious environment.


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