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.

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,  th...
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...
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 a...
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 ...
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 ...
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!

Ventura County Archaeological Society
12/09/2018

Ventura County Archaeological Society

Ventura County Archaeological Society
12/09/2018

Ventura County Archaeological Society

Howka Pauwai! 💕

12/07/2018

Don’t forget our first Saturday Speaker Series talk at 1 pm, December 8th, at the Center. Greg Erickson will be our speaker telling the history of the Piedras Pintadas.

11/23/2018

C’mon in tomorrow, Saturday. 11/24/18, in order to share culture and history with visitors in Poway

Blue Sky Preserve was the perfect setting for Interpretive Services Day. KIIC & Blue Sky docents were well represented a...
11/20/2018

Blue Sky Preserve was the perfect setting for Interpretive Services Day. KIIC & Blue Sky docents were well represented as children of all ages learned, crafted and played. Photo credit: Criselda Yee

A great horned owl from Project Wildlife.
11/17/2018

A great horned owl from Project Wildlife.

Interpretive Services Day at Blue Sky,  fun & FREE for all!
11/17/2018

Interpretive Services Day at Blue Sky, fun & FREE for all!

KIIC will be participating. Please join us!
11/16/2018

KIIC will be participating. Please join us!

11/13/2018

Announcing:
Second Saturday Speaker Series
December 8, 2018,
KIIC, 13104 Ipai-Waaypuk Trail
"Piedras Pintadas: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," speaker Greg Erickson, President of the SDRA Assn. and retired UCSD Professor. 1-2 pm.

Second Saturday Speaker Series
January 12, 2019
"Baja California-Central Desert, Ranches, Missions Native Americans, Cave Painting,"
Jerry Green, Native Plant Expert and Traveler. 1-2 pm.

We love the thank you notes that 3rd grade students write to us.  I don’t know that we always “open you to the world...
11/10/2018

We love the thank you notes that 3rd grade students write to us. I don’t know that we always “open you to the world” but we try to share this part of it with you.

Docents from KIIC, Blue Sky Ecological Preserve and their guests enjoyed a  presentation on ethnobotany by Mike Wilken-R...
10/25/2018

Docents from KIIC, Blue Sky Ecological Preserve and their guests enjoyed a presentation on ethnobotany by Mike Wilken-Robertson, author of “Kumeyaay Ethnobotany: Shared Heritage of the Californias.” Mike shared slides and his knowledge of native plants and the Kumeyaay people of the Californias.

The Kumeyaay were expert basket makers. This basket is made of Juncus, and can be used as a bowl. It also has another us...
10/22/2018

The Kumeyaay were expert basket makers. This basket is made of Juncus, and can be used as a bowl. It also has another use. Visit the KIIC in Poway to learn what that is. We are open the second and fourth Saturdays , weather permitting.

10/01/2018

Unfortunately, our October 6th Basketry class has been cancelled. Look for this special offering again in 2019.

09/21/2018

KIIC will be closed tomorrow 9/22/2018. Please note: last call for registrations for Basketry Class. Please see previous for details.

09/11/2018

We still have openings for the basket weaving class on Saturday, 10/6/2018. Check the link below for the Poway Today and you & a friend may register online.

09/07/2018

Reminder: KIIC will be closed tomorrow, 9/8/18, for the Poway Days Parade. Enjoy the celebration!

We will re-open 9/22/18. Enjoy Poway Days!
08/25/2018

We will re-open 9/22/18. Enjoy Poway Days!

08/23/2018

A tree which is a safety issue at Kiic will be removed by the City this week. We are sorry for this Saturday’s closing and any inconvenience.

Building a windbreak.
08/11/2018

Building a windbreak.

The deadline to sign-up for Basketry Class is fast approaching. Invite a friend & spend time learning a new craft & lear...
08/09/2018
Classes, Camps, & Scholarships | Poway, CA - Official Website

The deadline to sign-up for Basketry Class is fast approaching. Invite a friend & spend time learning a new craft & learning about the culture behind Native American Basketry.

Cherokee baskets
Basketry Class
Saturday October 6
10:30 am - 3 pm
Join Diania Caudell (Luiseño) of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians and Board Member of the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association, while you make your own Cherokee single wall twine basket.

Materials will be provided and refreshments will be available. We recommend that you bring a sack lunch.

Ages 6 to adult. Class size limited to 20 people. Cost: $30.

Sign up now at
poway.org/classes

See photos of our 2015
basketry class

View upcoming camps and classes and so what scholarships are offered.

Cherokee basketsBasketry ClassSaturday October 610:30 am - 3 pmJoin Diania Caudell (Luiseño) of the San Luis Rey Band o...
08/09/2018
Classes, Camps, & Scholarships | Poway, CA - Official Website

Cherokee baskets
Basketry Class
Saturday October 6
10:30 am - 3 pm
Join Diania Caudell (Luiseño) of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians and Board Member of the California Indian Basketweavers’ Association, while you make your own Cherokee single wall twine basket.

Materials will be provided and refreshments will be available. We recommend that you bring a sack lunch.

Ages 6 to adult. Class size limited to 20 people. Cost: $30.

Sign up now at
poway.org/classes

See photos of our 2015
basketry class

View upcoming camps and classes and so what scholarships are offered.

Yummy and ripe berries on the barberry plant. Small but juicy.
07/16/2018

Yummy and ripe berries on the barberry plant. Small but juicy.

This is what summer looks like at KIIC after unusually high temperatures in July.  However, after some nice Fall rain (f...
07/16/2018

This is what summer looks like at KIIC after unusually high temperatures in July. However, after some nice Fall rain (fingers crossed), the native plants will be in full bloom.

It is an amazing aroma of fresh cattails which fills the air surrounding the newly re-thatched 'ewaa.  An Eagle Scout ca...
07/14/2018

It is an amazing aroma of fresh cattails which fills the air surrounding the newly re-thatched 'ewaa. An Eagle Scout candidate with family and friends, has given new life to a critical element of site tours: what kind of house did the Kumeyaay build. Smell and see for yourself tomorrow Saturday July 14 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Or two weeks from now on July 28.

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13104 Ipai Waaypuk Trl
Poway, CA
92064

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