San Dieguito River Valley Land Conservancy

Securing our Natural Legacy

aka San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy (SDRVC)   |   San Diego, CA   |  www.sdrvc.org

Mission

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy preserves, protects, and shares the natural and cultural resources of the San Dieguito River Valley through collaborative efforts to acquire lands, complete trails, restore habitats, establish educational programs, create interpretive centers, encourage recreation, and mobilize public support. We partner with other organizations to complete the planned 70-mile Coast to Crest Trail from Del Mar to Julian in San Diego County. 48 miles of the Coast to Crest Trail are open to the public today!

Ruling year info

1986

Executive Director

Ms. Trish Boaz

Main address

3030 Bunker Hill Street Suite 309-1

San Diego, CA 92109 USA

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EIN

33-0191772

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The greatest challenge during the last five years has been COVID-19 – other challenges pale in comparison. Our revenue decreased, our field-based nature education programs and volunteer restoration events were canceled. The animal and plants still require our attention. Our mission to educate people of all ages on the importance of protecting the environment and their role in this effort must go on. More than ever, students and parents need a variety of activities to be done virtually from home in order to remain engaged. Initially, we shared links to other nature education programs, developed webinars with Living Coast Discovery Center, and revamped our YouTube Channel. Gradually, we adapted our educational programs to a virtual environment using zoom webinars and Facebook Live. Now we have a need to create a more informational, interactive, interesting and intuitive nature education website to fully engage our audiences for now and into the future.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Land Acquisition

Assist with the acquisition of land within the 94,000-acre coast to crest San Dieguito River Park planning area. More information is available at http://sdrvc.org/support/directed-giving/land-acquisition/.

In early 2021, SDRVC purchased 117 acres in the Del Dios area of the San Dieguito River watershed previously slated for development to preserve as open space in perpetuity. Funding includes $276K from the Conservancy, over $2M from the US Fish & Wildlife Service and almost $554K from the California Wildlife Conservation Board.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Assist the San Dieguito River Park to accelerate the completion of the 70-mile Coast-to-Crest Trail, which spans from the beach in Del Mar to the crest of Volcan Mountain in Julian.

During 2021, SDRVC provided $144,100 as the required match for a State of California Propsition 68 grant to the San Dieguito River Park JPA to build a one-mile segment of the Coast to Crest Trail in Osuna Valley.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Assist with programs that rehabilitate, maintain and protect the natural resources (habitats, land, rivers, streams, historical etc.) within the San Dieguito River Valley by controlling invasive species and restoring native vegetation. The Conservancy engages over 400 volunteers annually in stewardship projects. Information about current stewardship projects is available at http://sdrvc.org/current/invasives-management.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Support outdoor education programs for both youth and adults within the diverse San Dieguito River Valley landscape. Programs include: in-the-field seminars on the biology, geology, hydrology and cultural history of the San Dieguito River Valley; expert-led hikes; and lectures. More information is available at: http://sdrvc.org/current/esp/ and http://sdrvc.org/support/directed-giving/environmental-education/. Conservancy staff also particpate in school-based environmental programs and student projects.

We are busy translating our field visits to virtual educational events. Already we have received funding from SDGE and Genentech for our new Through the Lens educational program which includes photos of wildlife from our motion activated cameras placed strategically in our preserves.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy protects and restores the San Dieguito River Valley and assists in the implemention of the 94,000-acre planned San Dieguito River Park. In addition the Conservancy educates the public about the natural, recreational and historical resources the River Park provides. Our donors are the heart of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy. Donor support makes up 70% of our basic operations with each dollar donated to the Conservancy being leveraged 15 times through public, private and corporate grants.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Citizen science takes advantage of the fact that visitors to the River Park are constantly observing their surroundings as they hike, bike or ride their horse on our trails. This program offers residents, volunteers, trail users and other outdoor enthusiasts a way to actively contribute to the betterment of their local outdoor spaces; they can be a field scientist for a day. It also offers students, when combined with school and university programs, a great way to get hands-on learning opportunities.

in 2021 we will gather our Citizen Scientists to conduct baseline biological surveys on our newly acquired 117-acre Del Dios Preserve.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The River Path Del Mar provides a scenic overlook of the San Dieguito Lagoon and River, complete with interpretive signage of the flora and fauna of the River and Lagoon. The existing trail goes from Jimmy Durante Blvd westwards to the coast and parallels the south edge of the River, providing beautiful water views and information regarding this important wetland and natural resource. Parking is currently provided for trail access at a lot immediately east of the City's Public Works yard. In May 2016, the River Path was extended from Jimmy Durante Boulevard to the Old Grande Avenue Overlook.

The City of Del Mar and Conservancy are working to complete Phase 3 of the River Path extension from the Overlook to the Crest Canyon Preserve trailhead, estimated to be completed in 2024.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

The purpose of the Watershed Explorers Program is to provide an opportunity for students to get outdoors and learn what a watershed is and why its health is important for preserving wildlife and plants, supplying water and keeping water clean. As they experience the outdoors, traveling from Volcan Mountain 55 miles west to the San Dieguito Lagoon, students develop a "sense of place" and appreciation for the environment - recognizing they play a role in keeping the natural community a thriving ecosystem.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of briefings or presentations held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Performance Measures instituted in 2014 by new Executive Director. First year of measurement is 2015. In 2020, many of our presentations were virtual through zoom webinars, youtube and facebook live

Number of public events held to further mission

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Health, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Performance Measures instituted in 2014 by new Executive Director. First year of measurement is 2015. 2020: 14 conservation events • 68 education events • 12 recreation events • 56 outreach events

Number of participants engaged in programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Family relationships, Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Performance Measures instituted in 2014 by new Executive Director. C2C Trail Challenge, Watershed Explorers, Citizen Science, Volunteers. 2020 engagement 2800

Acres of natural habitat restored

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Family relationships

Related Program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Restoration projects are ongoing.

Total number of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Conservation

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: More than $2Million to acquire 103 acres

Total dollar amount of grants awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Family relationships, Health

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: Over $2Million to acquire 103 acres to preserve as open space.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Health, Family relationships

Related Program

Operations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2020: COVID impacted the # of memberships. SDRVC applied for and was awarded a Paycheck Protection Program loan of $47,000 which was forgiven in the first quarter of 2021.

Number of media partnerships developed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Health, Family relationships

Related Program

Environmental Education

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of stakeholders/stakeholder groups identified

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Health, Family relationships

Related Program

Operations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of first-time donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Health, Family relationships

Related Program

Operations

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: New donors to fund acquisition of 117 acres of open space in Del Dios

Average number of dollars given by new donors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth, Health, Family relationships

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2020: New donors for acquisition of 117 acres of open space in Del Dios

Number of press releases developed and distributed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Operations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Please check out our most recent annual reports and work plans at http://sdrvc.org/about/

Our Strategic Plan adopted in 2014 and currently being updated, as well as our Annual Reports and Work Plans set forth our strategies for carrying out our mission. The 2014 Strategic Plan can be found at: http://sdrvc.org/sdrvcstrategicplan2014.pdf

We are a collaborative organization that partners with the greater San Diego Community, other non-profit organizations, local park agencies and the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority (River Park).

We are supported by more than 1,300 Conservancy members from all over San Diego County.

We mobilize hundreds of local volunteers to restore habitat, lead hikes, and educate youth to enhance our residents' quality of life.

Our Executive Director and Conservation Manager are leaders in their field.

Our progress is measured each year and reported on in our annual reports which can be found at http://www.sdrvc.org/about/

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, we conducted a community survey, assisted by one of our University of California San Diego interns, to determine which educational programs are serving our constituents well, and obtain input on how to improve our services. Based on the feedback we received, we embarked on creating an Education Strategy Plan, which was adopted by our Board of Directors in 2020. This strategy guided our efforts to seek grant funds to enhance popular programs and - because of the COVID restraints on field visits - translate them into meaningful, interactive and informative virtual events for all ages.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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San Dieguito River Valley Land Conservancy

Board of directors
as of 6/24/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Jim Smith

Retired

Term: 2018 - 2024


Board co-chair

Slader Buck

Retired

Term: 2017 - 2023

Katharine Sheehan

Immo Scheffler

Nate Northup

County of San Diego

Bill Adelson

Don Mosier

University of California at San Diego

Robert Sheppard

Slader Buck

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Keith Colestock

Joseph Bonner

James Smith

Peter DeFrancesca

Aldrich CPAs + Advisors LLP

Lee Haydu

Ellie Haviland

Annu Chopra

Dan King

SDG&E

Gail Wienhausen

Shelley Glenn Lee

High Tech Elementary North County

Mark Hennenfent

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/24/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data