Torrey Pines Visitor Center, Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, California
The Torrey Pines Visitor Center is located in a unique adobe building built by the Scripps family in 1922 at what is now the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve in San Diego, California. It features a nature center/gift shop filled with interesting interpretive displays about the Reserve and its native flora and fauna, including the Reserve's namesake; the endemic Torrey Pine (Pinus torreyana ssp. insularis). This beautiful, often gnarled and windswept pine is considered to be threatened by habitat loss, and now only grows naturally in this little part of Southern California and off the coast on Santa Rosa Island.
The Center also provides a great opportunity for visitors to learn about the local geology and geography of the region as well, and is a good first stop while visiting the reserve where you can get information about hiking trails, interpretive hikes and other programs. It's also a great place to purchase guide books and other nature gifts for the whole family, plus you will find the staff and volunteers to be a friendly bunch whom are more than happy to answer your questions and eager to point out interesting places to go during your visit to the Reserve .
Please note: 100% of the photographer's proceeds for any sales of this photograph will be given jointly to the Torrey Pines Docent Society and the Torrey Pines Association in support of their their mission to educate, protect and promote stewardship of this wonderful place. For more information about either of these two groups and the Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve, please visit: www.torreypine.org and www.torreypines.org
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