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October 10, 2022

Indigenous Peoples' Celebration

Join the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians as they host Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, celebrating the Kumeyaay people and our Indigenous community, their commitment to wildlife, and their culture.

Schedule of Events

Blessing Ceremony

  • 10 a.m.
  • Benbough Amphitheater

Opening remarks from tribal elders, prayer songs, and special guests gather to bless and begin this special event.

Telling of the Creation Story

  • 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Flightline Plaza

With audience Q & A.

Culinary Offerings

  • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Throughout the Safari Park

Traditional food demonstrations at Kilima Point and specialty menu offerings throughout the Park:

Mawazo Kitchen – Local fish taco with house-made mesquite tortilla
Thorntree Terrace – Prickly pear lemonade
Oasis Deli – Elderberry and chia seed toast

Indigenous Artisans Exhibition

  • 11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Nairobi Walk
    (between map markers 4 and 5)

Basket weaving, pottery, fine art prints, silversmithing, and beading.

Environmental Wellness Ambassadors

  • 11 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Kilima Point

Basket weaving and other activities for the whole family.

Bird Singing Groups

  • Between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Benbough Amphitheater

Paul Cannon, Singer/Songwriter

  • 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • The Barking Deer

Trail Treks

  • Ages 6 & older
  • Free; limited capacity*
  • 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Map Marker #19 at Condor Ridge

Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Safari Park, and join us for a 1.2-mile hiking adventure connecting the stories of the Kumeyaay people with San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s Southwest conservation hub. Explore Condor Ridge and the World Gardens, and venture into the Safari Park Biodiversity Reserve, a 900-acre protected natural habitat home to over 200 native species. A member of the Kumeyaay Nation will share stories, history, and culture of the original stewards of the San Pasqual Valley. Learn about our work with conservation partners to preserve native wildlife including the burrowing owl, desert tortoise, California condor, and coastal sage scrub ecosystem.

*Hikes are free. Space is limited; reservations required by calling 619-718-3000. Ages 6 and older.

This 1.2 mile hiking adventure lasts about 2 hours and is of moderate difficulty. The first half of the hike is uphill, the second half is downhill. A restroom stop is available about 20 minutes into the hike; there are no other restroom stops along the route. There will be stops for water and snacks (provided) at the one-quarter and halfway points, and at the conclusion of the hike. Please wear comfortable walking shoes! 

Closing Prayer and Ceremony

  • 4 p.m.
  • Benbough Amphitheater

Learn More

San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

Learn more about the San Pasqual Band’s history, culture, and thriving community.

Southwest Conservation Hub

Efforts to protect wildlife, ecosystems, and people are stronger when we honor the knowledge and expertise of those in our community, including Indigenous peoples.



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