Tours & Events
Free Native Plant Virtual Workshop
Thursday, October 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Join us for a virtual workshop designed for individuals who are interested in incorporating native plants in their gardens to increase water efficiency and support local ecology. California native plants provide drought-tolerant beauty to any landscape, as well as habitat for birds and butterflies. Speaker Greg Rubin is a local author and owner of California’s Own Native Landscape Design who specializes in native gardens.
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Elfin Forest Recreation Reserve
Interested in getting in touch with our local natural environment? OMWD’s Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve hosts talks, workshops, and educational hikes to nature lovers of all ages. Visit our Reserve’s events page for more information.
Regional Water Smart Events
Organizations throughout the county offer a variety of water-smart classes, workshops, and tours. Visit our water wholesaler’s event schedule for details.
OMWD offers tours of its facilities, including Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, David C. McCollom Water Treatment Plant and the 4S Ranch Water Reclamation Facility several times a year. Please note that Olivenhain Dam and Reservoir are owned by the San Diego County Water Authority; please contact SDCWA for tour opportunities.
Tours begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at approximately noon. Reservations must be made by noon on the Monday prior to the scheduled tour date and all attendees must complete a tour release form. Tours may be canceled or closed depending on the level of participation. For safety reasons, tours are not held during inclement weather. Although this is a shuttled tour, there is some walking and stair climbing required, so we recommend wearing comfortable, closed-toe shoes, and loose clothing. It is also suggested that attendees bring a hat, light jacket, and camera.
*Update: Due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, public tours have been postponed until further notice.*
Tours are held in January, April, July, and October. All attendees will need to submit a signed tour release form.
For more information, please call 760-632-4641.
Find great examples of beautiful landscapes that require less water by visiting the annual WaterSmart Landscape Contest website.
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OMWD employees provide outreach services throughout the year and are able to deliver presentations, facilitate discussions, and provide general information about water issues for groups, civic organizations, and associations.