Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive center Poway, CA

Welcome to the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center

A local Native American cultural and historical site located in Poway, CA


New Hours!
Beginning in February 2017
the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center will be
open the 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month.
Please join us!

The Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center of Pauwai (Poway) is a five acre site rich in the local history of the Kumeyaay-Ipai Indian tribes. Follow the trails past ramadas, interpretive signage, native gardens and a replica of an 'ewaa (native Kumeyaay house). Morteros (grinding stones ) left by the original Kumeyaay inhabitants still remain on this historic site. Also visit the new Education Center to view artifacts and other interesting historical items and photos.

Docent-led tours for the public are held on the second Saturday of the month between 10:00 a.m. until 1 pm.

Docent led school tours are available Thursdays and Fridays, between 9 and noon. For more information visit http://poway.org/372/Tours

The City of Poway began acquiring the various parcels which comprise the Center beginning in 1987 to preserve the site as a significant American Indian cultural site. The Friends of the Kumeyaay, the San Pasqual Band of Indians, and the City of Poway have worked together to develop a vision for the property and to develop a replica Kumeyaay village.

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Upcoming Events!

"Walk in a native garden"
Sat. April 22
10 am - 11 am

Living before today’s “big box” stores, Poway’s first residents relied on their extensive knowledge and use of plants for everyday food, medicine and construction. Stroll with Docent Suzanne Emery through an intriguing collection of native plants that will amaze you.

Learn Kumeyaay names and uses of at least a dozen plants.

All ages welcome
This level, easy path is ADA accessible and
includes a shady ramada

Become a volunteer docent at the Kumeyaay-Ipai Interpretive Center!
More information

See photos of our
basketry class

Check back for details
on new classes:
Flint knapping, pottery, photography, rock art, basketry and more


© Friends of the Kumeyaay Friends of the Kumeyaay is a non-profit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible.