Who we are

Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association (SWIA)

Is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded in 1979. SWIA is dedicated to the education in and acquisition, preservation and restoration of wetlands.

Since 1979, SWIA has managed $30 million of wetlands projects in the Tijuana Estuary. SWIA works in collaborative partnerships with federal, state, and local agencies and is a cooperating association with California State Parks and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

SWIA supports education programs at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center and serves as a public member of the Management Authority plus various committees countywide. SWIA’s volunteer Board of Directors is committed to preserving wetlands and working wherever needed.


Mission Statement



SWIA is dedicated to the education about the importance of wetlands and to their acquisition, preservation, and restoration.