Welcome to MANGELSEN – Images of Nature Gallery in La Jolla, California
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS in the heart of La Jolla's Historic Village! The MANGELSEN – Images of Nature Gallery opened its doors in 1991 and is located at 7916 Girard Ave. Our staff strives to provide each visitor with a memorable and relaxing journey of our natural world through Tom's extensive and inspiring collection of photographs.
A popular destination for travelers worldwide, La Jolla is a refined coastal town with rich appeal. With rolling hills and towering cliffs surrounded by the beautiful Pacific Ocean, La Jolla truly is "The Jewel" of Southern California. In addition to breathtaking views, magnificent beaches, and coastal wildlife, local attractions also include unique shopping, fine cuisine, historical landmarks, fine art galleries, and a variety of outdoor activities for the entire family.
We look forward to your visit!
June 20th | Buena Vista Audubon Society: The Messenger
7-9pm | Buena Vista Audubon Society Nature Center
Join us on Wednesday, June 20th for Buena Vista Audubon Society’s monthly program. For this month’s program, we will be showing Su Rynard’s documentary The Messenger, which explores our deep-seated connection to birds and warns of the uncertain fate of songbirds that might mirror our own. The program will be preceded by board member elections which are open to all BVAS members. This event is free and open to all.
June 23rd | Swallowtail Trails
8:30-10:00am | Kumeyaay Lake Campground
The environs of Mission Trails Regional Park's Kumeyaay Lake and Old Mission Dam are home to swallowtail butterflies that boast the slowest wing beat of any insect, 300 beats per minute. Our fun Trail Guide-led walk is an opportunity to experience the beauty and wonders of nature. Meet by the flag poles at the Campground Entry Station. Free
June 23rd, 24th and 27th | June in Nature's Garden
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m ; Mission Trails Regional Park
Soft breezes carry the scent of native sages as bees and butterflies alight on wildflowers, and hummingbirds cut through the air in search of nectar opportunities. Learn about the plants that sustain local pollinators and wildlife on a fun trail guide-led walk. Meet inside Visitor Center. Free
June 30th | Clean Canyons for a Clean Coast Cleanup
9am to noon | 4159 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92116
Join us at our Clean Canyons for a Clean Coast Cleanup! What a better way to spend your Saturday Summer morning than with I Love A Clean San Diego at Camino del Rio South in Mission Valley! Did you know that 80% of coastal debris stems from inland sources? With your help, we can eliminate trash and waste before they pollute our ocean and help protect and preserve the canyon’s natural state! Volunteers will meet at the church in Camino del Rio South at 4159 Camino del Rio S, San Diego, CA 92116 Share this event with your friends and family to help make an impact on the San Diego community. Join in our efforts to be zero-waste by bringing your own reusable items such as a water bottle, work gloves, or a bucket! All volunteers are required to sign a waiver form, and any participants under the age of 18 will need a parent/guardian signature. We hope to see you there! Free.
June 30th | Amazing Ravens
9:30-11:00am | Mission Trails Regional Park
True acrobatic artists, ravens perform feats of daring do. They mimic other bird calls and, if trained, will say "Nevermore!" There's no telling what you'll spot in the skies above Mission Trails Regional Park, or aground, on your fun and informative interpretive walk with your Trail Guide. Meet inside Visitor Center. Free
June 30th | Birding Basics
1:00-2:30pm | Mission Trails Regional Park
Increase your enjoyment of nature by learning 5 simple techniques to identify birds at a glance. Taught by experienced birder and trail guide Winona Sollock you’ll also get tips on field guide use. Bring yours if available. Visitor Center Classroom A. Free
July 5th | Morning After Mess Cleanup
9AM-12PM | Fiesta Island
Every year thousands of people flock to our beautiful beaches for the summer holidays, and every year tons of trash are left behind. Help ILACSD and Surfrider clean up the trash left at Fiesta Island before it can reach our ocean! Last year, 140 volunteers collected 572lbs of debris in three short hours. Volunteers will meet at West Fiesta Island to learn about the effects of marine debris and litter left behind! 1590 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109. As with all of our volunteer events, we encourage you to bring your own reusable cleanup supplies—buckets, gloves and water bottles—though we’ll have extras on hand, too. Each volunteer will need to have a signed waiver form, and volunteers under the age of 18 will need an additional parent/guardian signature. Free
Through September 2nd | La Jolla Canyons: Place, Diversity, Connections
Noon to 4pm Wed–Sun | La Jolla Historical Society
The canyons of La Jolla are the microcosm of San Diego historic, ecologic, and social factors. This exhibit examines issues of geography, geology, wildlife habitation, plant habitation, watershed, fire, and social history as interrelated aspects of the canyons within the context of the urban environment. This context presents the opportunity to assess the natural environment’s role in social paradigms, consider the natural landscape’s influence on urban planning and public policy, and understand how daily acts like driving and water use are related to this unique environment. By exploring the relationship of canyons to the urban environment, this project aspires to stimulate public dialogue about these important features of the landscape. Free
Year Long | La Jolla Open Aire Market
Sundays 9-11am | La Jolla Elementary School
The La Jolla Open Aire Market is different than other farmers markets in that all proceeds benefit La Jolla Elementary (LJES), funding various school improvements and programs such as art, music, library, technology and additional classroom teachers to lower class sizes.
Birding in San Diego!
Check out the event calendar at San Diego Audubon:
Check out San Diego River Park Foundation volunteer opportunities at
See the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy volunteer opportunities at
Things to Do | La Jolla, California
For participating in an environmental cleanup day, visit San Diego Coastkeeper:
Join The San Diego River Park Foundation in its efforts ranging from river clean-up to creating a trail from the mountains to the sea!
Join the La Jolla walking tour! We know of two great group guides:
Timothy Schenck: www.tourguidetim.com/la-jolla-map/
Darlynne & Marc Menkin: www.wheretours.com
Would you like to view a wolf sanctuary or have the chance to interact with a cheetah and support animals in need or go on a mini photographic safari?
Spruce Street Suspension Bridge
Walk the 70-foot-high suspension bridge, west of Balboa Park.
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Go on a jeep adventure!
Naturalist-guided tours of our local natural parks and regional canyons!
Daley Ranch www.fodr.org
Tecolote Natural Park www.sandiego.gov/park-and-recreation/parks/teclte.shtml
or San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Reserve www.sanelijo.org/
Los Coronado Islands
Take a cruise!
Torrey Pines State Reserve
Take a coastal hike!
Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course
Play golf along the Pacific Ocean!
Visit our famous local seals and sea lions!
The Museum of Photographic Arts
For a list of current exhibits see www.mopa.org/exhibitions/upcoming.htm
Located right down the street from the gallery, Whisk-n-Ladle serves only the freshest, local, organic produce. They cure their own salami, pickle their vegetables, hand-cut their pasta, bake their own bread, churn ice cream and even creates flavored tonics and purées for "artisan" cocktails.
Nine-Ten at Grand Colonial
Located right across from the gallery in the historic Grand Colonial Hotel, Nine-Ten features an “evolving California cuisine emphasizing market fresh local produce, and naturally raised meats. They offer an excellent, wide-ranging, international wine list, with interesting half-bottles and ample choices by the glass”.
Before chosing your next seafood restaurant, you may want to visit the Monterey Bay's very informative website to understand how to order ocean-friendly and healthy seafood: