2202 S. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054

Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring

See a writeup and photos from our Seventh Annual Birdhouse Auction!! SEE NEWS FOR PHOTOS!!

BVAS would like to thank two generous funders that recently awarded us grants for our childrens' programs: the first is the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and San Diego Parks4Kids.  Link to details and photos.

Another generous funder is the State Coastal Conservancy , who awarded BVAS a $5,500 grant last fall to fund our School Bus Grant Voucher Project for the 2016-2017 school year. This provides transportation for Title I North County schools to bring students to our nature education programs.  These schools have virtually no funding for field trips.   As of mid-March, 990 kids from eight Title I schools were able to participate in our programs, thanks to the grant. 

Upcoming Special Events:

Endangered Species Day, Saturday May 20, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at our nature center.  FREE! Engage with snakes & lizards, make baskets with the California Indian Basket Weavers, make your own nature journal, and learn how to use your smartphone to do biological surveys (a 'Bioblitz') of the lagoon! For more information, call the Nature Center.  Details on Endangered Species Day and flyers to print out.


PELAGIC BIRDING WITH BVAS-SPRING MIGRATION, Sunday, May 21, 6 a.m. until 6 p.m.

It doesn't get more fun than birding on the open ocean.  This popular 12-hour trip goes to the farthest reaches of San Diego County waters, the 30-mile bank to look for seabirds only occasionally seen in San Diego County.  This is an excellent time of year for such sought-after species such as black-footed albatross, ashy storm petrel, south polar skua, and Scripp's murrelet.

Early Bird Registration: $95 through April 30.  Full details at: http://www.socalbirding.com/


NEW!  BVAS HOT SPOT BIRDING COSTA RICA Part 2 (a little off the beaten path) July 10- 22, 2017. Once again, BVAS invites you as novice, casual and life-list birders to our Second Costa Rica trip! Trip details.


NEW!  Interactive Map Application for Nature Trail: A new smartphone-friendly interactive online mapping program is available for visitors to our nature trail: Details on the application.

NEW!  Wetlands Restoration video; why are wetlands important, and the story of South Bay wetlands restoration efforts. From http://thankyouocean.org/



The Nature Center

Discover Buena Vista Lagoon's hidden treasures through our Nature Center's interpretive displays, highlighting our local flora, fauna, and habitats. Take a walk by the lagoon to explore the plant communities that comprise a coastal lagoon.

Educational Events

Learn about nature while having fun. Buena Vista Audubon offers free nature education programs and activities almost every week of the year.

Get Involved

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Buena Vista Audubon. Whatever your natural interests or talents, you can play an important role in helping people appreciate the beauty and importance of the natural world.

Make a Difference!

Did you know that the majority of our programs, including tours of our nature center, are free? We are able to offer free programs because of our dedicated volunteers and members, who understand and appreciate the importance that nature plays in our quality of life! As a BVAS member, you will receive the chapter newsletter, be invited to special events just for Members, and receive a discount on BVAS Gift Shop purchases. The BVAS Nature Center and its educational programs will receive 100% of your contribution.

Our Mission

Conservation Through Education, Advocacy, Land Management, and Monitoring

Mailing Address

Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049

Nature Center

2202 S. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054



Sunday 1-4pm
Tuesday 10 am-4 pm
Wednesday 10 am-4 pm
Thursday 10 am-4 pm
Friday 10 am-4 pm
Saturday 10 am-4 pm

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