About the Friends of Daley Ranch (FODR)

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2nd Sunday Daley Ranch-house Tours
(On Hold due to COVID-19 Restrictions)

  • Approximately one mile from the La Honda entry is the Historic Daley Ranch House. On the 2nd Sunday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Ranch House is open to the public, at which time Ranger Staff and Docents provide information and insights into the history of the ranch. Steady rain cancels.

7th Grade Daley Ranch Field Trips

For many years, we’ve been hosting field trips for 7th grade students in the Escondido Union School District. When COVID-19 necessitated the cancellation of this year’s field trips, we were determined to come up with an alternative.

Thanks to the generosity of donors and supporters, our terrific working relationship with the City of Escondido’s Park Rangers, the expertise and skills of some very talented professionals, and the unwavering dedication of our volunteers, we’ve created this “Virtual Field Trip” series consisting of 21 educational videos:

Watch the virtual field trip playlist on YouTube.

To celebrate the creation of Daley Ranch Connections, the Virtual 7th Grade Educational Field Trip video series, key participants gathered at Dixon Lake recently to receive thumb drives of their presentations. FODR extends a huge thank you not only to the City Rangers and other presenters, but also to Ryan Video Productions. The project was made possible through the generosity of the San Diego Foundation and the Escondido Community Foundation. Standing left to right: Ranger Greg Gould, Diania Caudell (Luiseno Native American), Superintendent Chris Krstevski, Ranger Gregg Anderson, Ranger Robert Leriget, Ranger Jose Gutierrez, FODR member and docent Rick Mercurio, plant expert James Dillane, and Fred Woods (educational director for FODR), seated Chris Ryan (videographer).


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Our Mission

The Friends of Daley Ranch support and promote the City of Escondido’s efforts to protect and maintain Daley Ranch Conservation Bank habitats and wildlife.

Our goals are to:

  • Educate the next generation of Environmental Stewards and provide service-learning opportunities that supplement our educational programming.
  • Develop and implement enhancement projects that support the conservation of Daley Ranch.
  • Cultivate relationships with sister organizations and encourage responsible recreational opportunities at Daley Ranch.

Friends of Daley Ranch Contact Information

  • Email Address
  • Mailing Address
    PO Box  461173
    Escondido, CA 92046-1173
  • Jerry Harmon, President
  •  Rick Mercurio, Secretary – Treasurer:
  • Dick Althouse, Member
  •  Fred Woods, Member
  •  Brocade Wu, Member
  • Ron Franzese, Member
  • Don Piller: Webmaster
  • Linda Shipman: Social Media

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