One of our main focuses is to educate the public about nature, science, and the world around them

IMPORTANT UPDATE: BVAS's Nature Education program is currently halted due to COVID-19. Instead, we have been holding educational activities ‘virtually.' Please see our Education and Trail Guides web pages for our 2020 Earth Day and Endangered Species Day events. We also have ongoing fun and educational videos about our lagoon trail and nearby parks posted on Facebook and on the Trail Guides webpage of our website. The Kids' Clubhouse is back as of October 1st! Please see calendar of events for details. The Clubhouse meets the second Sunday of the month from 10 am to noon.As of September 1st, we have started up the PreSchool Storytime program. Please scroll down for details and see our Events calendar.

BVAS offers nature education for the entire community; our children's programs include class outings to the Nature Center, the monthly Nature Storytime for pre-school children, Scout groups, and special events. For adults (and kids too), we have regular birding field trips throughout the county, natural history classes, and special nature programs and lectures, generally at no charge to the public. Our Migrating Birders program arranges guided birding trips to distant locales, and for a unique birding experience, we offer Pelagic trips. Our Birding webpage contains more details on our birding opportunities.

Nature Guides Program

BVAS's Children’s Nature Education Program consists of a 1½-hour-long grade-appropriate presentation followed by a guided hike along a short trail by the Buena Vista Lagoon and then exploration of our nature center museum, led by our volunteer Nature Guides

Calling all teachers! Tour Buena Vista Lagoon Nature Center with your students for free!

BVAS offers Free 1 1/2 hour guided tours for elementary grades

All tours include indoor lesson, touching table and lagoon walk.  Tours usually begin at 10:00am. Classes are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis. April and May are our busiest months. Please consider scheduling your class from September through March.

Download our pdf flyer for topics and more information.

Scroll down this page for Teacher Resources pdfs and links!

Preschool Nature Storytime

Did you know that we have a special event for preschoolers every month? Join us for Preschool Nature Storytime, with nature-themed stories for preschool children.  We’ll have a story, songs, a fun craft, and each month, a special theme.

Nature Storytime for Preschoolers is returning as an outdoor event.  It will resume meeting the 4th Monday of the month starting September 27.  Plan to gather at 10 am at front of the Nature Center for an outdoor storytime with a nature-based theme each month.  Bring a towel or blanket to sit on. Age appropriate stories, songs, games and activities for 2 1/2-6 year olds will be included.  Call Sally, 760-525-2351 for more information.

summer camp 2016 collecting insects from lagoon

Are you a scout leader?

Here at our beautiful Nature Center in Oceanside we offer programs for all levels of scouts on a variety of subjects.  Furthermore we can assist in acquisition of badges regarding animals, birds, watershed, and environmental concerns.
Please contact Sondra Renwanz to schedule your scout group:

Sharing Our Shores

Sharing our Shores is an Audubon program that helps elementary students learn how to protect threatened and endangered shore birds through science, conservation, and art.  For more information on this program and how BVAS is involved.

FOR TEACHERS: Sharing our Shores powerpoint presentation

sharing our shores Dec 2015 kids and kelp

And we haven't forgotten the adults, either!

Buena Vista Audubon offers regular birding field trips throughout the county (beginner and advanced birders all welcome!), natural history classes, and special nature programs and lectures, generally at no charge to the public. Our Migrating Birders program arranges guided birding trips to distant locales, and for a unique birding experience, we offer Pelagic trips.

Teacher Resources

Please check out our forms and flyers for information just for you and your students!

Teacher Forms

BVAS library has new videos for teachers: Did you know the BVAS nature center has a library with great books and videos that teachers can check out? We just added new videos to the library that teachers may enjoy.  To check out books or videos, just talk to a host.

Concepts and Vocabulary

Donations that make a difference!

Your donation will help us further our mission of providing nature-based education to local children, offering birding classes and other programs, protecting and restoring North County wildlife habitats, and more!

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



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