Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club to host Birds of a Feather gala

San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy’s biennial gala, Birds of a Feather, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 17, from 5- 8:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club. Birds of a Feather is a garden-style gala that benefits environmental education in San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve. This year’s theme is Growing Future Stewards.

Online reservations for tickets, tables, and donations to education are now available:

This fun-filled evening features natural and organic cuisine, live jazz and sophisticated swing by Randy Fontaine and the Swingers, and captivating auction packages, all with the focus on educating children to become the next generation of conservationists through free guided nature walks and public programs.

As a biennial benefit for San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy’s environmental education program, the gala raises funds to build childhood connections with Southern California’s rare wetland environments. The conservancy is “growing future stewards” by providing science-based field trips, free public walks, and co-produces, with county rangers, seasonal family weekends reaching more than 7,000 area students and visitors during the year. Many field trips are offered free of charge to schools with demonstrated need, so that students can bond with nature—a demonstrated necessity for healthy childhood development.

This celebrated North County gathering includes environmental philanthropists, elected officials, media personalities, citizen naturalists, and supporters of kids in nature. Gala tickets are $150 per person and are available by online reservation at, or by phoning (760) 436-3944 ext 711. Tables for 6 or 8 can also be reserved, online or by phone, with discounted incentives until June 30. Suggested attire is garden cocktail.