Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Poway

Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Poway Temporarily closed due to COVID-19. Come visit on the 2nd & 4th Saturday of each month from 10 am to 1 pm. Located at 13104 Ipai Waaypuk Trail.

Poway, CA. For more information (858) 668-1292. The KIIC is a 5-acre site rich in local history. The Friends of the Kumeyaay, the San Pasqual Band of Indians, and the City of Poway work together to educate and preserve the property. Docents offer tours about the heritage of the Kumeyaay.

Operating as usual

We were delighted to have our friend Elie Keim stop by KIIC on Saturday to bring us beautiful calendars.
06/21/2021

We were delighted to have our friend Elie Keim stop by KIIC on Saturday to bring us beautiful calendars.

Agave in bloom this weekend at KIIC. (Photo credit: Jerry Green.) What are ways that the Kumeyaay used the agave plant?
05/17/2021

Agave in bloom this weekend at KIIC. (Photo credit: Jerry Green.) What are ways that the Kumeyaay used the agave plant?

My goodness! KIIC is in full bloom. Check cityofpoway.org for reservervation dates.
05/05/2021

My goodness! KIIC is in full bloom. Check cityofpoway.org for reservervation dates.

Also in bloom at the site is the mantilja poppy ‘fried egg.’
04/18/2021

Also in bloom at the site is the mantilja poppy ‘fried egg.’

Also in bloom at the site is the mantilja poppy ‘fried egg.’

We had quite a few visitors today for reserved self-guided tours. The plants were blooming & beautiful. Check cityofpowa...
04/17/2021

We had quite a few visitors today for reserved self-guided tours. The plants were blooming & beautiful. Check cityofpoway.org to reserve a spot on the next open date.

Watch for our next open date for self-guided yours. Visit city of Poway website for more information. We had 45 people t...
03/20/2021

Watch for our next open date for self-guided yours. Visit city of Poway website for more information. We had 45 people today at the site learning more about our history.

Great news!  Kumeyaay-Ipaii Interpretive Center will be open for self-guided tours for pre-registered guests. See websit...
02/19/2021

Great news! Kumeyaay-Ipaii Interpretive Center will be open for self-guided tours for pre-registered guests. See website for more information.

Great news! Kumeyaay-Ipaii Interpretive Center will be open for self-guided tours for pre-registered guests. See website for more information.

Where are the Kumeyaay today? The second photograph was taken at the National Museum of the Native American in Washingto...
01/10/2021

Where are the Kumeyaay today? The second photograph was taken at the National Museum of the Native American in Washington DC. Please tell us your story.

12/02/2020
Cabrillo National Monument

Cabrillo National Monument

“Our people are still here in this land. We've been here before. We're here today and we will be here in the future.” – Stan Rodriguez, Director of Kumeyaay Community College

Kumeyaay Native Americans have a long history in what we now call San Diego County, dating back at least 12,000 years and long before Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his crew sailed into San Diego Bay in 1542. Kumeyaay culture has adapted and continues to the present day – as we see in this clip from the park’s new film, Voyages of the San Salvador.

#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #Kumeyaay #CabrilloNationalMonument #FindYourPark

San Diego History Center
10/16/2020

San Diego History Center

This #IndigenousPeoplesDay2020, The San Diego History Center acknowledges that modern San Diego County is built upon the unceded native homelands of the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cahuilla, Cupeño and Juaneño. We acknowledge and thank these Indigenous communities and activists who partner with us to ensure their histories and culture continue to thrive.

Pictured here are Kumeyaay veterans at the raising of the Kumeyaay Nation flag at the Serra Museum in Presidio Park, July 16, 2019.

10/04/2020
Artifact of the Month: Learn more about how a digging stick and carrying bowl were used during harvest time.
10/03/2020

Artifact of the Month: Learn more about how a digging stick and carrying bowl were used during harvest time.

Artifact of the Month:
09/04/2020

Artifact of the Month:

Artifact of the month:  What are some uses of the atlatl today?
08/11/2020

Artifact of the month: What are some uses of the atlatl today?

05/08/2020

Red and yellow Mimulus/monkey flowers and pearly everlasting cudweed are spreading across the site.

We look forward to reopening when we are able.

While the Kumeyaay Ipai interpretive center is closed following guidelines for the safety of our community, our City Ran...
04/22/2020

While the Kumeyaay Ipai interpretive center is closed following guidelines for the safety of our community, our City Ranger is checking on the site and all is well. Here are some of the spring blooms we are missing.
We hope to see you soon!

03/13/2020
Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Poway

Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Poway

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of the community, the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center will be closed during the month of March 2020. We will post updates on this site and other city of Poway news outlets. Thank you for your understanding.

03/12/2020

Out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of the community, the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center will be closed during the month of March 2020. We will post updates on this site and other city of Poway news outlets. Thank you for your understanding.

Years in the making; about three feet high in 2008. Twelve years and not done yet.  Wonder how much twine we can make fr...
02/27/2020

Years in the making; about three feet high in 2008. Twelve years and not done yet. Wonder how much twine we can make from the leaves? And boil the blossoms for vegetables ? And boil down the sap into syrup ? Yay Ehan !

Finally! Epic agave bloom.

Finally! Epic agave bloom.
02/27/2020

Finally! Epic agave bloom.

The big bloom of this agave is finally happening!
02/14/2020

The big bloom of this agave is finally happening!

02/06/2020
Ysenia Nuñez Lopez they grow up so fast! Miss you, Jacob!
01/31/2020

Ysenia Nuñez Lopez they grow up so fast! Miss you, Jacob!

Beautiful thank yous from Deer Canyon Elementary students.

01/30/2020
The photographs of Edward S. Curtis are currently on display at KIIC. We also have several books in our library about hi...
01/25/2020

The photographs of Edward S. Curtis are currently on display at KIIC. We also have several books in our library about his fascinating life and art.

Ringing out 2019 at KIIC
12/28/2019

Ringing out 2019 at KIIC

From a sweet family who toured the site recently. The young boy was making a diorama for school and was visiting for ins...
11/18/2019

From a sweet family who toured the site recently. The young boy was making a diorama for school and was visiting for inspiration. I say A+!

“Thank you so much for leading such a wonderfully educational and interactive tour to help us learn about the Kumeyaay and inspire our diorama! We are so grateful for your knowledge and time!”

Family visit! Pat Fuller Cora Ann Lacher
11/09/2019

Family visit! Pat Fuller Cora Ann Lacher

10/29/2019

A few years ago in the desert.

This agave plant is growing fast!  When will it bloom?
10/26/2019

This agave plant is growing fast! When will it bloom?

Faces of the Kumeyaay Photographs by Edward Curtis (1868-1952)Photographer of the “vanishing” Native AmericanOn display ...
10/12/2019

Faces of the Kumeyaay
Photographs by Edward Curtis (1868-1952)
Photographer of the “vanishing” Native American
On display at the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center
Through December
Open 2nd and 4th Saturdays 10-1

A Kumeyaay Woman, Santa Ysabel

Fall has arrived at KIIC.
09/28/2019

Fall has arrived at KIIC.

We accomplished this much in a short time!  Thank you to our community for volunteering and learning with us today.
09/21/2019

We accomplished this much in a short time! Thank you to our community for volunteering and learning with us today.

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Dear friends, We need everybody's help right now here in the back country where politicians and corporate interests are threatening to destroy a huge chunk of pristine and sacred Kumeyaay land that counts over 13,000 species. This may be the biggest battle we have to lead in Lakeside and East County to preserve our quality of life. A sand mining company wants to dig up to the aquifer on over 400 acres of land in the El Monte Valley, sacred Kumeyaay land and home to hundreds of residents. The underground water basin is the third largest in the whole county, in a state plagued by drought. Why sacrifice our water for corporate interests again? Also, the sand is known to contain a fatal fungus known as the Valley Fever that already made countless victims. No one could stop the sand from not spreading during excavations and from affecting everybody in the county during the Santa Ana conditions. Your lives and your children's lives are at stake here. Add to it the destruction of a pristine environment, maybe the last equestrian trail system in the county, home to countless endangered and protected species. Add to it over 250 trucks on 2-lane road, the only exit out of the valley for hundreds of residents and animals in case of fire. There's going to be a public meeting on September 25 at 5:30pm at the Lakeside Community Center and the deadline to speak up about the recent published subsequent Environmental Impact Report is fast approaching in October. Like and share this page with everybody you know, ask everybody to like and share, so you'd stay up to date with the latest info on this project. Watch for upcoming info on how to submit your opinions with the county, which I will post asap. Say NO to sand mining in the El Monte Valley! Thank you. https://www.facebook.com/SaveElMonteValleyAdminAnaNita/
Who wants to join me? You can actually go home with a completed, small, basket! Here’s mine from last time. It’s fun! Register on City of Poway web page.
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