Approximately 2,000 years ago, the Kumeyaay-Ipai lived throughout what is now San Diego County and Baja California. During that time and up to the early 1900's, the Pauwai Valley was occupied by hundreds of Kumeyaay-Ipai living off the land.

Education Center

The Education Center features rotating exhibits. Poway's First People: Remembering the Past highlights the sustainable lifestyle, history, and culture. See artifacts from the site, replica items of Kumeyaay daily living, and a striking photographic exhibition of North County rock art.

Trails & Water-Wise Demonstration Garden

Guided hikes take you past ramadas, interpretive signage, native gardens, and a Kumeyaay House ('ewaa). Visitors will see plants used by past inhabitants, ramadas that provided shade from the hot sun, acorn grinding milling stations, and large boulders which provided them with shelter and security.

interpretive center sign