Campland’s Commitment to Sustainability

Since its opening in 1969, Campland encourages their campers, guests, and employees to be good stewards of the environment. Over the past few decades, we have implemented a variety of programs and policies that focus on sustainability so that campers can enjoy the beauty of Mission Bay for years to come!

Tons of Trees!

Over 1,160 mature trees live and grow at Campland and most were planted in the early 1970s. To educate guests and the public, Campland recently installed a banner showing the location of the various trees and their benefits at the resort. These 36 varieties of mature trees benefit the environment by:

  • Supporting wildlife by supplying habitat and food for birds, insects, and other wildlife.
  • Providing oxygen.
  • Absorbing massive amounts of carbon. 100 trees remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of other air pollutants per year!
  • Helping to control climate by moderating the effects of the sun, rain, and wind. 
  • Enhancing the aesthetics and providing shade.
  • Preserving and enhancing soil.
  • Producing fruits and nuts.

Read more about the variety of Campland’s trees here!

We Say No to Harmful Chemicals

Since 1969 when Campland first opened, it has avoided the use of harmful chemicals in their landscaping and resort operations. Soaps and detergents that are harmful to the environment are banned from use at the boat wash area.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Campland continues its long-standing recycling program and provides recycle bins with a few feet from campsites and in high-traffic common areas. We are also installing new signs at the beach to promote and encourage sustainability and the use of reusable items. Let's all do our part to reduce, reuse and recycle!

Light it Right

Campland has updated its facilities to use LED lighting throughout the resort. LED lighting is energy-efficient, has a longer lifespan and have no UV emissions.

Reduce Single-Use Plastic

Campland participates in a marine debris reduction program to reduce waste and single-use plastic. We will be installing micro-plastic filters onsite at our laundry facility. Campland is working with vending machine providers to offer canned beverages in aluminum or other non-plastic single-use items. We are also requesting that all other supplies/manufacturers provide products with minimal packaging if possible. Using Surfrider's Ocean-Friendly Restaurants (OFR) program as a guide, Campland is implementing a comprehensive plan to reduce waste and single-use plastics. All items are served in compostable and/or eco-friendly supplies and materials. Campland's Cantina efforts include:

  • Only plant-based, compostable food ware is used for onsite dining.
  • Plant-based straws are provided only upon request.
  • No expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam). 
  • No plastic bags are used for takeout or to-go orders. 
  • Single-use utensils, straws, condiments, and other accessory items are provided upon request only. 
  • Beverages are not sold in plastic bottles. 
  • Proper recycling practices are followed. 
  • Vegetarian and vegan food options are offered on a regular basis.
  • Concessions and prepackaged food items are not sold in plastic packaging.

Read more about Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Restaurants program here!

Campland Employee Volunteer
Campland employees helping clean the neighboring Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve.

Restore and Protect

Each year to restore and protect the environment, employees and campers volunteer to help clean the Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve and assist the Friends of Rose Creek with their cleanup efforts.


Campland is adding new interpretive signs to inform the public and campers about the local environment, ecosystem and history. Topics include:

  • How the nearby wetlands contribute to the ecosystem
  • The history of the area as used by native peoples
  • How sea level rise will impact the future of MIssion Bay
  • Birds of the area – Kendall-Frost Marsh Reserve and De Anza Cove

Campland Cares

Each year, Campland Cares donations are made to community nonprofits. For the past couple years, this has included donations to I Love Clean San Diego and Ocean Discovery Institute.

Charge up

In cooperation with the California Coastal Commission, Campland will install 4 EV chargers in the near future. Next door, at De Anza Cove, they will be installing 12 EV chargers in the public parking lot next to Mission Bay RV Resort.


Campland on the Bay may be an urban campground, yet that has never stopped us from encouraging all who visit to respect and care for the environment we inhabit. Join us in our efforts to do your best to reduce waste and protect the environment during your stay!