You've always wondered just what goes on here.  Below is a summary of activities, hours and people who have worked together to make it happen since July 1, 2013.  The report is long but gives you insight into the folks who enjoy sharing Poway's heritage with everyone.  In the picture above you see two of the volunteers in front of our new aluminum sign, which replaces the old wood and epoxy one which rotted from the sun.

kumeyaay-ipaiThis ancient village site is located in the heart of Poway at 13104 Ipai Waaypuk Trail (formerly SilverLake Drive). Come visit between 9 and noon on Saturdays. Recorded info at 858-668-1292. On the web at, or at and on FaceBook.


Seeing our future through the past keeps a dozen docents and “dirt diggers” at the Kumeyaay Ipai Interpretive Center at Pauwai very busy, and very happy.  In their outreach program to 695 adults and 326 of the region’s school children the past six months of 2013 they have welcomed groups on 40 dates.  Groups range from the prestigious San Diego Rock Art Assn. to tribal groups and another docent group.

Thirteen third grade classes of 326 students from four different schools (and one multi-age home school group) have been able to meet their State mandated learning goals through visiting Poway’s amazing archaeological site for two and a half hours of history, culture and botany.  Tour docents filled 38 three-and-a-half-hour slots for a total of 133 hours working with young people. Adults visiting with the children numbered 130.  The students handle replica artifacts, take a hike up Kumeyaay Hill to the ancient milling area, and cycle through three activity centers where they mill acorns on metates; play a game to learn to count in the Kumeyaay language and paint a “spirit rock” to take home.

On 21 Saturday mornings guests from all over the world arrived wanting to know about Poway’s past.  While more than half the visitors were area residents, each month brought foreign visitors anxious to learn about America’s past.  Always the milling and grinding features of morteros and the moveable metates struck a familiar cord with the ways food is prepared in the “old country.”  These 230 guests were led by 12 docents who put in 476 hours which also included habitat restoration, landscape maintenance, work in the Tavui Memorial Library and exhibit upkeep.

Unique visiting groups included the San Diego Rock Art Assn. (SDRAA), Docents of Torrey Pines State Park, the Cultural Committee of Sycuan Reservation, the Librarian of Barona Reservation Cultural Center Museum, as well as several sets of Eagle Scout candidates and workers completing projects for the site; another 139 adults. In an annual event, 12 docents spent a long morning performing the “BIG CLEAN,” literally removing all furniture from the building to scrub windows, floors and exhibits, at the end of summer, in preparation for the Fall Season.  Five board meetings of the Friends of the Kumeyaay, a 501c(3) group also met.  Two training sessions of all the docents were held, with archaeologist Richard Carrico as the Fall’s kickoff speaker.

Twelve regular docents and dirt diggers are assisted by seven others who volunteer when they can, or are in training.  Those 12 docents worked 190 slots for a grand total of 708 hours serving the residents of Poway.