Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Poway

Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Poway 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.

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.

Many hands make light work. Ages 4 to infinity are here today to build an e’waa.
09/21/2019

Many hands make light work. Ages 4 to infinity are here today to build an e’waa.

We are re-thatching e’waas today with help our community members.
09/21/2019

We are re-thatching e’waas today with help our community members.

Relive the Past Today! Step back in time with us for a glimpse into the life of the Kumeyaay Indians. With materials har...
08/30/2019

Relive the Past Today!

Step back in time with us for a glimpse into the life of the Kumeyaay Indians. With materials harvested from the site we will rethatch e'waas (traditional shelters used by the Kumeyaay). No tools needed.

Bring your family to experience everyday life as it was lived long ago.

When: September 21
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
*Refreshments will be available*

This event is FREE
Sign up at 858.668.4781 or [email protected]

We are open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. We will be open again on August 24th from 10 am to 1 pm. Come early ...
08/13/2019

We are open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. We will be open again on August 24th from 10 am to 1 pm. Come early to beat the heat! Learn about the original Pauwai natives on docent-led tours.

We are open today until 1 pm. Join us!
08/10/2019

We are open today until 1 pm. Join us!

In spite of the heat, it was a busy day at KIIC. Boy Scouts came early for trail maintenance, and 28 visitors from far a...
07/28/2019

In spite of the heat, it was a busy day at KIIC. Boy Scouts came early for trail maintenance, and 28 visitors from far and near, braced the heat to hike up the hill, then enjoyed the AC inside while experiencing, hands on, artifacts from the past.

A lovely day at KIIC
06/09/2019

A lovely day at KIIC

Full bloom at Kumeyaay site.
04/27/2019

Full bloom at Kumeyaay site.

KIIC was pleased to be a part of Poway Valley Garden Club’s garden tour this year. The site was was in full bloom,  than...
04/14/2019

KIIC was pleased to be a part of Poway Valley Garden Club’s garden tour this year. The site was was in full bloom, thanks to the plentiful rain and warm spring days.

04/11/2019

Author Richard Carrico will be speaking at the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Poway on Saturday April 13th starting at 1:00 pm. The center will be open to the public starting at 10:00 am, so you can arrive early and explore!

Please join us this Saturday, 4/13/2019 at 1:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be Richard Carrico speaking on the Kumeyaay. ...
04/09/2019

Please join us this Saturday, 4/13/2019 at 1:00 pm. Our guest speaker will be Richard Carrico speaking on the Kumeyaay. The site will be open from 10 am to 1 pm.

Spring has sprung at KIIC!  We had more than 35 visitors today and a Flat Stanley from Arizona.
03/23/2019

Spring has sprung at KIIC! We had more than 35 visitors today and a Flat Stanley from Arizona.

03/23/2019
A big thank you to our guest speaker, Connor Leone, from Ecolife Conservation. Guests learned about indoor cooking stove...
03/10/2019

A big thank you to our guest speaker, Connor Leone, from Ecolife Conservation. Guests learned about indoor cooking stoves to protect both humans and the Monarch butterfly biosphere and utilizing aquaponics to grow plants making the most efficient use of water and natural resources. It was very enlightening and educational.

Beautiful day at KIIC.
03/09/2019

Beautiful day at KIIC.

Don’t miss our Second Saturday Speaker Series tomorrow, 3/9/19 featuring Connor Leone from Ecolife Conservation.  This f...
03/08/2019

Don’t miss our Second Saturday Speaker Series tomorrow, 3/9/19 featuring Connor Leone from Ecolife Conservation. This free event is open to the public.

Thanks to abundant rain, and a few sunny days, things are starting to bloom at the Kumeyaay Interpretive Center in Poway...
03/01/2019

Thanks to abundant rain, and a few sunny days, things are starting to bloom at the Kumeyaay Interpretive Center in Poway. Look closely to find wild cucumber vine, growing on the Laurel Sumac.

Wonderful, Watchful Woodrat!Saturday, February 231:00 pm – 2:00 pmKumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive CenterParking available at ...
02/20/2019

Wonderful, Watchful Woodrat!

Saturday, February 23

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center

Parking available at 13104 Carriage Road, Poway

Have you heard of World Rat Day? This year it will be celebrated on April 4. Come out to the Kumeyaay-Ipai Center this Saturday to learn about a special kind of rat – our very cute, adorable Big-Eared Woodrat. This native is also called a ‘pack rat’ because of its love of shiny objects which it collects and takes back to its nest! Naturalist and teacher Linda Hawley will delight young and not so young as she brings animated enthusiasm to her entertaining program!

02/15/2019

Don’t miss our next Second Saturday Speaker Series! Our next guest will be Bill Toone of EcoLife Conservation. Join us at 1:00 pm. See you there!

Learn more at
https://www.ecolifeconservation.org/

Thanks to Jerry Green for presenting on Central Baja Plants yesterday and to the many guests in attendance.
01/13/2019

Thanks to Jerry Green for presenting on Central Baja Plants yesterday and to the many guests in attendance.

Due to the forecasted rain tomorrow, 1/12/19, the site will be closed. However, the Second Saturday Speaker, Jerry Green...
01/11/2019

Due to the forecasted rain tomorrow, 1/12/19, the site will be closed. However, the Second Saturday Speaker, Jerry Green, will present On the “Baja Desert” at 1:00 pm as scheduled.

This Saturday at 1 pm, hear Jerry Green’s presentation on the “Baja Desert.”
01/10/2019

This Saturday at 1 pm, hear Jerry Green’s presentation on the “Baja Desert.”

Don’t miss our Second Saturday Series on January 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Our featured speaker, Jerry Green, will discuss Ba...
01/02/2019

Don’t miss our Second Saturday Series on January 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Our featured speaker, Jerry Green, will discuss Baja California & the Central Desert. Jerry is well-traveled and will discuss the unique characteristics of the desert night, plants, animals & Native Americans. His book “Central Desert Plants” will also be for sale. Please join us!

12/30/2018
12/30/2018

Don’t miss our Second Saturday Series on January 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Our featured speaker, Jerry Green, will discuss Baja California & the Central Desert. Jerry is well-traveled and will discuss the unique characteristics of the desert night, plants, animals & Native Americans. His book “Central Desert Plants” will also be for sale. Please join us!

Re-thatching the ‘Ewaas just in time for Winter.
12/22/2018

Re-thatching the ‘Ewaas just in time for Winter.

Don’t miss our Second Saturday Series on January 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Our featured speaker, Jerry Green, will discuss Ba...
12/19/2018

Don’t miss our Second Saturday Series on January 12, 2019 at 1:00 pm. Our featured speaker, Jerry Green, will discuss Baja California & the Central Desert. Jerry is well-traveled and will discuss the unique characteristics of the desert night, plants, animals & Native Americans. His book “Central Desert Plants” will also be for sale. Please join us!

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13104 Ipai Waaypuk Trl
Poway, CA
92064

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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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