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Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Film Festival

750 Hearst Castle Road
Hearst Castle Theater inside Hearst Castle Visitors' Center
San Simeon, CA 93452

(805) 927-6811



What: Stewardship film screenings at Hearst Castle Theater
When: Saturdays, January 13th through February 24th, 2018, at 6pm
Reservation Required: No. Admission is free, but limited to Theater capacity of 400. Donations will be accepted.

Stewardship Travel along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL) engages visitors in over 50 bite-size activities and contribution opportunities. Stewardship Travel adds meaning and fun while immersing visitors deeply in the natural and cultural heritage experiences that California’s unique Central Coast has to offer.

The Coastal Discovery & Stewardship free film, We are excited to be featuring the film Disneynature Oceans  will be held at the Hearst Castle Theater, which is an iWERKS large-format theater with a five-story screen, as part of a celebration of coastal discovery. The documentary will be screened each Saturday at 6pm during the month, with the goal of celebrating our national aquatic and underwater treasures that are preserved within the National Marine Sanctuary System.

This is a spectacular story about remarkable creatures under the sea. Stunning images await viewers as they journey into the depths of a wonderland filled with mystery, beauty and power. It's an unprecedented look at deep-water creatures through their own eyes. Incredible state-of-the-art underwater filmmaking will take your breath away as you migrate with whales, swim alongside a great white shark and race with dolphins at play. Filled with adventure, comedy and drama, Oceans is a fascinating and thought-provoking experience you will not soon forget. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPJsQ6lSdYo

In 1972, exactly 100 years after the first National Park was created, the nation made a similar commitment to preserving its marine treasures by establishing the National Marine Sanctuary System. Since then, thirteen national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument, representing a wide variety of ocean environments, have been established. That system includes deep ocean gardens, nearshore coral reefs, whale migration corridors, deep sea canyons, and even underwater archaeological sites. On the West Coast, these sites include the Olympic Coast of Washington, Gulf of the Farallones near San Francisco, Monterey Bay, and the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara.

The Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon is a joint venture between the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks, and has been cooperatively managed by both agencies since it opened in the summer of 2006. Located at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, the center highlights the connection between land and sea through engaging exhibits and interpretation provided by trained volunteers. Free to the public and open year-round, the CDC offers visitors an exciting opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural treasures of the region, and the role sanctuaries, parks and the public play in protecting these treasures for future generations.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:

*A learning activity and/or outing
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Coastal Discovery Center. In the "Special Instructions for Donation" box, please specify the Coastal Discovery Center.

Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.


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