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Last Updated: 3-1-2021 at 8:00 am

As the weather begins to get warmer, we turn our attention to San Diego’s rich and varied natural landscapes. From lush coastlines and wild, rocky deserts to snow-capped mountains and high and windy plains, living in San Diego County gives us a truly unique opportunity to explore many different environments right in our own backyard.

In a similar vein, we’re excited to announce our next online webinar session, “Exploring Our Nearby National Parks,” scheduled for Wednesday, March 17 from 10-11:30 am PDT.

Our March webinar session will be led by Constantine (Costa) Dillon, a retired park ranger/superintendent with decades of experience throughout our country’s National Park System. Together, we’ll explore the many national parks within a day’s drive of San Diego County.

Below is a link to register for our March session. Please sign up with your name and email address. You’ll receive a confirmation email with the meeting session details.

Register Today!

Get ready to explore!

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at SDSU Advisory Board

Upcoming Session

Exploring Our Nearby National Parks

Description: When you live in San Diego, you don't need to travel far to visit one of our country’s national parks! In fact, there are 39 units of the National Park System within a day’s drive (500 miles) of San Diego — almost 10% of the entire system! They range from the well-known Yosemite National Park to the mostly unknown Pipe Spring National Monument in northern Arizona. These parks offer a variety of outdoor experiences, as well as many opportunities to explore our country’s rich history.

In Exploring Our Nearby National Parks, we’ll learn about places related to World War II, Native American peoples, historic ships, volcanoes, and desert wilderness. The class will offer advice on how to plan your eventual visit, the best times to visit, some money-saving tips, and what not to miss during your trip. Let’s prepare for your next national park adventure!

Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Time: 10–11:30 am PDT

Presenter: Constantine Dillon

Constantine (Costa) Dillon is a retired National Park Service (NPS) ranger and park superintendent who worked in more than a dozen parks in his 35-year career. He’s worked as the Superintendent of Indiana Dunes National Park, Fire Island National Seashore in New York, and the Horace Albright Training Center in Arizona. He’s also worked on international assignments in Poland, Zambia, Brazil, Thailand, and Italy.

Costa received many awards throughout his career, including the Department of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Award, the National Park Service Sequoia Award for Excellence in Interpretation, the National Parks Conservation Association's Stephen Mather Award for Resource Stewardship, and the Urban League’s Diversity Achievement Award.

Costa has also spent time working in the film industry. He’s the creator and principal writer of the feature film “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” and four other feature motion pictures.

Costa has a B.S. in Environmental Planning and Management from the University of California, Davis, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Colorado. He’s also served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of New Hampshire and Indiana University, where he is an Honorary Fellow of the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands.