Nature Guides Program

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

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.

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.

Become a Nature Guide! Our school programs have resumed and we are in need of volunteer Nature Guides. To join, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Rocco, at 760-419-6034 or Or stop by the Nature Center and fill out a short form.

Resources for Teachers

Field Trip Forms

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

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.

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

To protect and preserve our region's birds, biodiversity, and threatened habitats, and to promote conservation of our natural resources through advocacy, education, and both habitat restoration and management.

Mailing Address

Buena Vista Audubon
PO Box 480
Oceanside, CA 92049

Nature Center

2202 S. Coast Highway
Oceanside, CA 92054



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

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