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!
October 13-14th | The Art and Science of Wildlife Tracking
Lincoln Acres County Park in National City and Border Field State Park in San Diego
Wildlife trackers piece together clues left behind in the environment to gain a richer picture of the variety of animals using a habitat and read the story of their behavior. Tracks and signs will be evaluated to determine who’s been there and what they’ve been doing.
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.
Year Long | Open House
Third Thursday of each Month from 5-7pm | Museum of Contemporary Art
On the third Thursday of every month, visitors receive free admission to the Museum, plus free guide-led tours.
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: