The Ecology Center
32701 Alipaz Street
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Please wear closed-toe shoes and clothing suitable for walking in the outdoors. We recommend you bring a garden hat, sunscreen and a reusable water bottle/canteen.
We will be taking pictures and possibly video to use on our website, social and other educational media, and by registering for this event you agree to our photo/video release policy.
First Saturday festivities at The Ecology Center are a monthly opportunity for inspiration. Visit our abundant gardens for a tour of the farm, connect with our expert team during our Eco-Design Open Studio, and check out Bread Artisan Bakery’s pop-up bread stand.
Eco-Design Farm Tour – 10:00 am
Throughout The Ecology Center’s learning landscape, we’ve designed spaces to model simple yet impactful solutions.
Join us for a guided tour of our historic home, built by pony express rider Joel Congdon in 1878. Over the last 9 years, we have transformed the land surrounding the Congdon house into a thriving learning landscape. We’ve carefully designed our spaces to serve as a model for sustainable solutions everyone can enact in their own lives and homes.
This month’s tour will emphasize fruit producing plants and food preservation.
Eco-Design Open Office – 11:00 am
Come in to get advice and troubleshoot your garden challenges with our team of Eco-Designers. Eco-designers and community experts will be on hand to help you find answers to your garden questions, and suggest simple solutions to improve the sustainability of your landscape.
Plant Sale – 11:00 am
Shop our drought friendly plants! Our creative team worked together to plants a variety of gorgeous succulent arrangements. These are perfect for gifts, your home or even act as a great centerpiece for the holidays! Stop by early, get them before their gone. ($10-$30).
Artisan Bread Pop-Up Shop – 12:00 pm
Bread Artisan Bakery, a local family owned and operated wholesale bakery, is returning to The Ecology Center for their ever popular pop-up bread sales.
Bread Artisan Bakery takes unique pride in their craft, using centuries-old traditions to naturally leaven the bread with local organic grains (special for The Ecology Center), and a long fermentation to develop the flavor and texture.
Supplies are limited.
Lucian Toma has a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development, an internationally recognized Permaculture Design Certification, and leads Public Programs and Eco-Garden Design Services for The Ecology Center.