Dear Members, Donors and Friends,

Summer is in full swing. The Reserve is filled with visitors from all over the world. This fragile habitat that we strive to preserve is one of San Diego’s top tourist attraction.

We have been very impressed with a young scientist whose research focuses on the ingenuity and design of the five-needled Torrey Pine. Might the Torrey Pines needles really help harvest atmosphere moisture efficiently?

Two new water fillers have been installed in the West parking lot and at the South Beach restroom, respectively. Torrey Pines Conservancy was awarded a $10,000 grant from the California State Park foundation for the water fillers.

TPC members and donors are cordially invited to our Harvest Full Moon Hike on September 10. See the familiar landscape bathed in moonlight!

All are invited to the shark lab on August 13 at the South Beach parking lot.

We have more details for you regarding our fall fundraiser, Wine in the Pines. Thanks to all those who have purchased their tickets. Each early-bird ticket is a $70 donation towards the funding of critical needs at the Reserve.

Wishing you a happy and healthy summer with great memories (and good hikes!),

—Your Torrey Pines Conservancy

Torrey Pine Needles Help Harvest Moisture

Emily Tianshi (3-time Torrey Pines Docent Society science fair winner) has made great progress in her biomimicry research. She is striving to use nature’s way of increasing the water collected by Torrey pine needles to make working systems that harvest atmosphere moisture more efficiently. Congratulations on a wonderful achievement! Please watch the video here.

Water Fillers

Two new water fillers have been installed in the Reserve, thanks to a $10,000 grant awarded to TPC from the California State Park Foundation. Especially during the summer months, hikers need a place to refill their water bottles and take a sip of water (or two).

Harvest Full Moon Hike: September 10, 2022

Enjoy the magic of hiking at night under the stars (and the full September Harvest moon!). Every corner of every trail will reveal sights and sounds that can only be experienced at night. We might even hear the Great Horned Owl soar through the night sky. Moonlight hike begins at 7:30 pm. More details and RSVP to follow.

Owl with full crop

Shark Lab at Torrey Pines

Torrey Pines Docent Society’s August Nature Discovery Series will be a special beach event. The California State University Long Beach Shark Lab Shack will teach you interesting facts about sharks and the technology that the lab is using to study these amazing creatures. Kids will also learn how to enjoy the beach while keeping safety in mind.
Saturday, August 13 from 11AM to 3 PM. Suitable for all ages. Meet behind the restrooms at the North Beach parking lot.

Don't miss out! October 15, 2022

$95 through October 1

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Savor wood-fired pizza baked on site at 800 degrees. Organic dough is fermented through a long, slow process to maximize flavor and nutrition. Only the best ingredients are sourced to produce an unforgettable artisan pizza. Enjoy delicious salads and artisan Italian cannoli, too. Come hungry!

Sip and enjoy a great selection of the best wine and beer Southern California has to offer.

Music & Fun
Kick back and relax to the music of Peter Sprague, San Diego based jazz guitarist, composer, producer, life-long surfer and Torrey Pines enthusiast! This year, Peter’s band will also accompany him.JOIN THE FUN

Four locals plein air artist will paint the beautiful landscape live at the event for you.

Toni Williams is a talented artist who sees the landscape in front of her as an opportunity to preserve the moments and lifetimes of our changing world. She prefers painting in oils and is often seen painting plein air locally. Toni’s work has been influenced by the great plein air artists in the San Diego area at the turn of the century, namely Maurice Braun, Charles Fries, Franz Bischoff and William Wendt.

Joli Beal can often be found on rocky cliffs by the sea or deep in the back country of the Sierra Nevada mountains or the Anza- Borrego Desert. Over the years, Joli has studied under many prominent artists and is grateful for their knowledge and gifts. Throughout her years as a working designer, she has acquired a broad background in the arts.

Pat McGeeney believes that working from life, finding the true essence of her subjects, the play of light and shadow, color harmonies and lively brushwork are all elements that ultimately createe good paintings. For these reasons, the freshness and immediacy of plein air painting has become a dominant area of her work.

Dot Renshaw paints the dramatic shadows of early morning, or the fleeing light of dusk. She chooses locations that are easy to miss such as small trails and neighborhood canyons. Dot’s work has a visceral presence allowing the viewer to sense the temperature, atmospheric conditions, and time of day the painting was completed.


John Durant

Save the Date: 100th Anniversary

Save the date: 100th Anniversary Celebration
Torrey Pines Lodge is turning 100 next year!
Financed by Ellen Browning Scripps and designed by architects Richard Requa and Herbert Lewis Jackson, the Torrey Pines Lodge was completed in February, 1923. It opened as a restaurant with stumpy tables, chintz curtains, lampshades made of Torrey pine needles, and a jukebox.
Save the date: Saturday, April 8, 2022 for a very special celebration.

San Diego Gives: September 8, 2022

San Diego Gives is a 24-hour online fundraiser –
slated for September 8, 2022 – that focuses on addressing the needs of our own community. It shines a light on the tremendous work of local non-profit organizations throughout our community. Only in its second year, an impressive 327 non-profit organizations are participating. Torrey Pines Conservancy is proud to be part of SD Gives. For more information, please visit SD Gives.