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El Moro Elfin Forest Docent-Led Nature Walks

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What: Docent-Led Nature Walk through El Moro Elfin Forest
When: Monthly, on the 3rd Saturday
Reservation Needed: No

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 El Moro Elfin Forest in Los Osos, adjacent to the Morro Bay Estuary, is a 90-acre natural area belonging to San Luis Obispo County Parks and California State Parks. Its plant communities include coastal brackish marsh, riparian woodland fringe, pygmy oak woodland, maritime chaparral, coastal dune scrub, and oak and manzanita complex. The Elfin Forest supports more than 200 species of plants, as well as 110 kinds of birds, 22 species of mammals, and 13 species of reptiles and amphibians. It is home to rare plants, butterflies, snails and birds. Chumash middens occur throughout the park.

Third Saturday Walks in the Elfin Forest are docent-led nature walks that focus on different topics. The Walks usually begin around 9:30am at the boardwalk at the end of the 15th Street path. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, as well as long sleeves and pants to avoid poison oak and mosquitoes. Please leave pets at home. Walks generally last 1 1/2 to 2 hours. For information call (805) 528-0392 or visit the website.

The Elfin Forest is open to the public from 6am to 10pm daily. It offers great handicap accessible boardwalks via 16th Street.

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 Small Wilderness Area Preservation
(Most non-profit organizations have donation pages. For those that don't, please contact their office directly by clicking the "donation opportunity" link above. Thank you!)

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



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  • Hikes, Guided Walks & Boardwalks
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  • Outdoor Activities & State Parks
  • Stewardship Donation Opportunities
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