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What: Kayak and lighthouse tour 
When: Weekly on most Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Where: Avila Beach
Reservation Needed: Yes, call Central Coast Kayaks at (805) 773-3500. For children, discuss minimum age/size when making your reservation.
Cost: $80 for single kayak, $140 for tandem kayak includes equipment, snacks, donation to Lighthouse.

Stewardship Travel is your getaway to 'Ah-Ha' moments on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.

Paddle back in time with professional kayak guides to the 125 year old fully restored and quite beautiful Point San Luis Lighthouse in Avila Beach, California. Bring your adventurous spirit and interest in California mariner history – no kayaking experience is necessary and beginners are welcome. A portion of your trip fee is used to help restore and maintain the lighthouse.

The leisurely three-hour round trip guided tour which includes; paddling instruction (if needed/desired), tasty snacks, a short-guided paddle in the protected waters of San Luis Obispo Bay, a walk up from the beach to the lighthouse bluff with beautiful vistas, and a complete docent led educational tour of the lighthouse and its grounds.

Kayaks (all boats and safety equipment provided) will launch after meeting at 9:00 am from the sandy Avila Beach and paddle in the protected waters of the bay to Coastguard Beach below the lighthouse. Along the short route to the lighthouse you will likely see wildlife such as sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, pelicans, Great Blue Herons, bright white egrets and more.

While on your Lighthouse tour you’ll experience what life was really like for a Lighthouse Keeper and his family during the turn of the Century when electricity and indoor plumbing was not available.

There are more to lighthouses than meets the eye. Enjoy learning the immense life-saving value of Lighthouses and how they served thousands of mariners along the rugged California coast. Lighthouses helped ships identify their location, warned ships of potential hazards, and let them know that land was near. Every lighthouse emitted a distinctive series of flashes known as its “characteristic”. These flash sequences allowed ship captains to identify specific lighthouses and their locations.

Have fun learning the characteristic of the Point San Luis lighthouse on your tour!

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 hands-on stewardship/caring activity
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers

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

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When: Weekly on Saturdays
Reservation Required: To reserve space, or get updates on program offerings, call (805) 927-6575. Program cost: $2.00/person

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.

Each week the Coastal Discovery Center invites visitors to participate in its Plankton Monitoring program and other programs. Citizen science fulfills a great need for resource protection of our natural coastal resources. It helps to establish scientific baselines and increases stewardship through public education and action. Visitors love learning and appreciate the opportunity to participate in real science! This program is statewide and its success depends on citizen scientists. [post_title] => Hands On Citizen Science Outing in San Simeon Cove [post_excerpt] => Each week the Coastal Discovery Center invites visitors to participate in its Plankton Monitoring program and other programs.  [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => hands-on-citizen-science-outing-in-san-simeon-cove [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-07 12:00:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/hands-on-citizen-science-outing-in-san-simeon-cove/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 100277 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:58 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:58 [post_content] => What: Kid-friendly aquarium visits
When: First Monday of each month, October through May, 10am to 12pm
Reservation Required: No advance reservation is required.

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.

Join us for kids activities and storytime with hands-on interaction with tide pool animals and aquarium exploration. Suitable for kids aged 5 and under. First Monday of each month, from October through May, 10am to noon. $6 at the door; $40 season pass.

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
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Central Coast Aquarium [post_title] => Mommies & Guppies at Central Coast Aquarium [post_excerpt] => Join us for kids activities and storytime with hands-on interaction with tide pool animals and aquarium exploration. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => mommies-guppies-at-central-coast-aquarium [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-07 12:00:58 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:58 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/mommies-guppies-at-central-coast-aquarium-7/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 107265 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:52 [post_content] => What: Shark feeding tour and presentation
When: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays
Reservation Required: No advance reservation is required, however Aquarium admission tickets apply and the tour is limited to 20 people.

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.

Visit the shark tank during feeding time at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach for an unforgettable experience and a peek at the underwater world of sharks.

Every Wednesday, Friday. and Sunday at 11 am, visitors learn about local shark species while watching them interact with each other and feed. Central Coast Aquarium exhibits feature local species of sharks, including the Horn Shark, which has horns that grow out of its back, the Swell Shark, that can swallow water and swell up to avoid predators, and the Grey Smooth-Hound Shark, a sleek and powerful hunter.

On exhibit, the Aquarium also has rays that are close relatives to sharks; they scoot along the sandy bottom of the ocean vacuuming up food as they go. Knowledgeable and well trained volunteers provide interesting shark and ray facts during the feeding tour. After the tour, the whole family is invited to experience the popular shark touching with the gentle Swell Sharks, and learn even more about these magnificent and misunderstood creatures of the deep.

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
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Central Coast Aquarium

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When: Daily, except on Mondays. Check with the Central Coast Aquarium to confirm time.
Reservation Required: No advance reservation is required, however Aquarium admission tickets apply and the tour is limited to 20 people.

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.

A wet world of underwater secrets and fun learning for all ages awaits visitors at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach.

Did you know that jellyfish are actually a type of plankton? Come watch and learn as these beautiful, graceful creatures gently drift, collecting tiny brine shrimp in their delicate tentacles. Learn about several local species and which to look out for while swimming along the Central Coast. During the jelly talk, you will see what baby moon jellies look like and learn about the different life stages of jellies. The jelly talk also shares some of the dangers for one of the few animals that eat jellyfish, Sea Turtles.

You'll also learn about what a stewardship traveler can do to help protect these gentle giants. The moon jelly feeding is an attraction that has been a high point for thousands of visitors to the Aquarium.

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
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Central Coast Aquarium

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When: Check the website for current museum hours
Reservation Needed: No, unless outside of the regular museum hours listed above. If so, then call (805) 927-2891 to make arrangements. Thank you.

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.

Begin your journey back in 1865 on the streets of Cambria and ‘time travel’ by walking to 28 preserved historic sights that include the old cemetery, a Chinese Temple, a mid-1800’s chapel, the old jail house, historic present day Inns, restaurants, antique and gift shops. Some of the historic sites are open to the public and some are private residences. All can be enjoyed from the 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
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Cambria Historical Society

Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler along the Highway 1 Discovery Route. [post_title] => Walk Back in Time: Cambria Museum & Historic Buildings Self-Guided Walking Tour [post_excerpt] => Cambria has a rich history dating back to the 1860's. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the self-guided walking tour that visits 26 historic structures throughout the small and welcoming town.  [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => walk-back-in-time-cambria-museum-historic-buildings-self-guided-walking-tour [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-07 12:00:52 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:52 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/activities/walk-back-in-time-cambria-museum-historic-buildings-self-guided-walking-tour/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => activities [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 107264 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-03-07 12:00:52 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-03-07 20:00:52 [post_content] => What: Cleanup Kit & Appreciation Tote Bag Opportunity
When: Daily
Reservation Needed: No reservation is needed, but contact one of the participating properties to get started with your Cleanup Kit

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.

If you're an active visitor who cares about the places you play, connect with, and appreciate, you may want to take advantage of the Avila Beach Tourism Alliance's new Stewardship Clean-Up Kit opportunity, offered at most Avila Beach lodging properties.

Did you know that marine debris harms wildlife through both enlargement and ingestion? California Coastal Commission reports: "Birds, fish and mammals often mistake plastic for food. Some birds even feed it to their young. With plastic filling their stomachs, animals have a false feeling of being full, and may die of starvation. Common items like fishing line, strapping bands, plastic bags, and six-pack rings can hamper the mobility of marine mammals. Once entangled, animals have trouble eating, breathing or swimming, all of which can have fatal results. Plastics take hundreds of year to breakdown and may continue to trap and kill animals year after year unless it is picked up and disposed of."

When you spend a valuable hour or two collecting marine debris and litter with friends, family, or on your own, you help protect wildlife and make a difference with your visit. High school aged family members may receive volunteer credit while on vacation; check with individual schools for eligibility.

Your Clean-Up Kit includes a collection bag, a glove and an Avila Beach Appreciation Stewardship tote bag! Tag us on social media using the hastag #GoodGoesAroundAvila. Clean-Up Kits are available at: Central Coast Aquarium (buckets and trash pickers available here), Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Village Inn, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, Coastal Vacation Rentals and San Luis Bay Inn. Avila appreciates its stewardship travelers! Don't be surprised if a local resident thanks you for your visit.

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 hands-on stewardship/caring event
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Central Coast Aquarium

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When: Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10am to 4pm
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.

Founded in 1999, the Dunes Center is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. The Dunes Center was originally conceived by a group of concerned citizens and in 1989 The Nature Conservancy's efforts to help preserve and restore the Guadalupe Beach and Oso Flaco Lake Natural Areas planted the seeds for a dunes visitor center. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex is comprised of 18 miles of coastline and is one of the most ecologically significant and largest intact coastal dune ecosystems on earth. A significant portion of the nearly 22,000 acres is under public management and open for recreation.

The Dunes Center was finally opened in 1996, in a small storefront in downtown Guadalupe and evolved over time into our current existence. We have a thriving education program, reaching over 4000 students annually. We offer docent-led walks in the dunes. We have guest speakers for our volunteers, members, and local community. In addition, we are the Administrator of what is known as the Dunes Collarborative - a coalition of state and federal agencies, local governments and non-profits.

Gain a deeper connection on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.
This activity selection includes:
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

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When: Monthly on a Saturday or Sunday
Reservation Needed: No, but contact the Cayucos Land Conservancy at (805) 995-0805 for detailed meeting location and time. Thank you.

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 "Bluff Walks" and nature walks program offers guided hikes on the Bluffs and other ecosystems on the coast. The guides are experts on at least one of the property's resources, e.g. resident and migratory birds, its geologic history, the marine life that inhabit the near-shore waters, native and non-native plants, or prehistoric and cultural history. These guided walks last 1-2 hours and are not physically strenuous, but do require the ability to walk over uneven ground. The walks are very informal and allow for participants to ask questions of the leader and to talk with other group members. They are always accompanied by a Cayucos Land Conservancy Board Member who can answer questions about the history of the Estero Bluffs State Park or the Conservancy.
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 Cayucos Land Conservancy

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When: Annually in the Fall
Reservation Needed: Yes, contact the Casitas Estate at (805) 710-1587 or pat@casitasag.com to make arrangements. Thank you.

Stewardship Travel is your getaway to 'Ah-Ha' moments on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.

Learn to shop and create "Locavore" meals from a Farmers Market with this tour!

A Locavore has been defined as a person who enjoys eating only locally produced food grown within 100 miles of its point of purchase or consumption. The thought (and delight) is to eat healthier while also learning how to contribute to reducing the use of fossil fuels, which results in the release of less carbon dioxide into the air; this all helps to prevent global warming. Come do your part for the day, have fun, learn more, and dine deliciously healthy!

This annual special excursion starts at The Casitas Estate in Arroyo Grande. It includes an enthusiastic chef-led outing to the local Farmers Market in Arroyo Grande to learn how to source and shop local wherever you travel. The group (locals and vistors) then take a quick trip via shuttle back to The Casitas Estate to jointly create a tasty and luxurious farm-fresh vegetarian lunch. Participants enjoy taking in the hilltop views, the fine wine and warm breezes. Gaze out over the Arroyo Grande Valley vineyards and Santa Lucia mountains, often described as California's "bit of Tuscany" here on the Central Coast.

A portion of the fee is contributed to the non-profit Central Coast Grown organization, whose vision is to restore people's connection with the land and the food it produces in order to nourish the bodies, minds, and spirits of our communities and to sustain the landscape that supports us all.

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 Central Coast Grown

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When: As needed, year-round
Reservation Needed: Yes, contact the Dunes Center at (805) 343-2455 ext. 203 or admin@dunescenter.org to make arrangements. Thank you.

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.

Founded in 1999, the Dunes Center is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. The Dunes Center was originally conceived by a group of concerned citizens and in 1989 The Nature Conservancy's efforts to help preserve and restore the Guadalupe Beach and Oso Flaco Lake Naturals Areas planted the seeds for a dunes visitor center. The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex is comprised of 18 miles of coastline and is one of the most ecologically significant and largest intact coastal dune ecosystems on earth. A significant portion of the nearly 22,000 acres is under public management and open for recreation.

The Volunteer Program at the Dunes Center is crucial to its ability to fulfill its mission. There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, tailored to people of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds. The Environmental Stewardship Volunteers work in the native plant garden, weeding, pruning and planting; volunteer at community service events in the dunes, such as ice-plant removals, native seed collections, and beach clean-ups. For more information about volunteering, visit the website.

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 hands-on stewardship/caring activity
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

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What: Museum of Natural History at Morro Bay State Park
When: Open daily 10am to 5pm
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.

Just west of California's scenic Highway 1, midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, the Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History sits on a hill overlooking the Morro Bay Estuary. In addition to panoramic views of the coastline, the view from the museum includes world-famous Morro Rock.

The Museum of Natural History - the only one in the California State Park system -- opened in 1962. It served over 10,000 visitors in its first two years alone, and now some 65,000 people visit the Museum annually, including 14,000 children who participate free-of-charge in the docent-led school group programs that support California's required science and social studies standards.

The Museum features state-of-the-art interactive exhibits especially created for the Morro Bay site. The exhibits were developed and designed by Exhibit Group Giltspur, a prestigious internationally known design firm that was selected after a nationwide search. Giltspur has also created exhibits for the Smithsonian and the J. Paul Getty Museum.

26 interactive exhibits designed to delight and educate both young and old, bring world-class museum technology to Morro Bay.

These exhibits provide current scientific information related to the estuary and bay ecosystems and allow visitors to learn about tidal forces, geology, erosion, human impacts on the land and how to preserve and protect the environment and all its living creatures in a fun, hands-on learning environment.

Several of the exhibits feature touch screens that provide visitors the opportunity to find out what the forces of nature are doing at that moment in time. Visitors can build a sand dune, operate the hydrologic cycle and dig into the food pit to create their own food chains.

The Museum of Natural History is located in Morro Bay State Park and is within minutes of the Heron Rookery, Montaña de Oro State Park, the El Moro Elfin Forest and Audubon's Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. The Museum overlooks Morro Bay which is both a State and National Estuary. Entry fees are $3 for adults and free to children 16 and under. The Museum is open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day.

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
*An educational center
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Central Coast State Parks Association

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

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When: Monthly, on the 3rd Saturday, from 9am to noon; and most Wednesdays, from 8am to 10am
Reservation Needed: Yes, contact Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve at (805) 927-2856 or ffrpcambria@sbcglobal.net to make arrangements. Thank you.

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.

Acquiring property for public access and open space is only the beginning of saving land for future generations. Some conserved lands are closed to the public to preserve them. It is the belief of Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, that by remaining open to the public, the Preserve can serve as the much-needed connection to nature that we all crave. But keeping the Ranch open and in a natural state means taking care of the land and its few improvements. No funds were given with the purchase of the preserve for maintenance, so volunteers are key to getting this work done.

Restoration activities and locations vary from month to month. The biggest job is to remove invasive, non-native plants so that the native vegetation can thrive and be enjoyed. Removing invasive plants makes room for wildflowers to return from dormant seeds still in the soil. A thriving native habitat provides better forage and shelter for wildlife, so in addition to more wildflowers visitors get to see more wildlife too.

Monthly volunteer workdays vary from plant restoration to trail maintenance and are held on the third Saturday of each month, from 9am to noon. You can also participate in mustard, radish and thistle removal efforts, which are held almost every Wednesday from 8am to 10am. Enjoy good exercise and great scenery while doing good work. The project and meeting place for both opportunities are announced by e-mail prior to each workday. Sign up by calling (805) 927-2856 or email ffrpcambria@sbcglobal.net.

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 hands-on stewardship/caring activity
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Friends of Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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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!)

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What: Kayak and lighthouse tour 
When: Weekly on most Saturdays, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon
Where: Avila Beach
Reservation Needed: Yes, call Central Coast Kayaks at (805) 773-3500. For children, discuss minimum age/size when making your reservation.
Cost: $80 for single kayak, $140 for tandem kayak includes equipment, snacks, donation to Lighthouse.

Stewardship Travel is your getaway to 'Ah-Ha' moments on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.

Paddle back in time with professional kayak guides to the 125 year old fully restored and quite beautiful Point San Luis Lighthouse in Avila Beach, California. Bring your adventurous spirit and interest in California mariner history – no kayaking experience is necessary and beginners are welcome. A portion of your trip fee is used to help restore and maintain the lighthouse.

The leisurely three-hour round trip guided tour which includes; paddling instruction (if needed/desired), tasty snacks, a short-guided paddle in the protected waters of San Luis Obispo Bay, a walk up from the beach to the lighthouse bluff with beautiful vistas, and a complete docent led educational tour of the lighthouse and its grounds.

Kayaks (all boats and safety equipment provided) will launch after meeting at 9:00 am from the sandy Avila Beach and paddle in the protected waters of the bay to Coastguard Beach below the lighthouse. Along the short route to the lighthouse you will likely see wildlife such as sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters, pelicans, Great Blue Herons, bright white egrets and more.

While on your Lighthouse tour you’ll experience what life was really like for a Lighthouse Keeper and his family during the turn of the Century when electricity and indoor plumbing was not available.

There are more to lighthouses than meets the eye. Enjoy learning the immense life-saving value of Lighthouses and how they served thousands of mariners along the rugged California coast. Lighthouses helped ships identify their location, warned ships of potential hazards, and let them know that land was near. Every lighthouse emitted a distinctive series of flashes known as its “characteristic”. These flash sequences allowed ship captains to identify specific lighthouses and their locations.

Have fun learning the characteristic of the Point San Luis lighthouse on your tour!

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 hands-on stewardship/caring activity
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Point San Luis Lighthouse Keepers

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

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Paddle back in time with professional kayak guides to the 125 year old fully restored and quite beautiful Point San Luis Lighthouse in Avila Beach, California More Details
Visitors and local residents alike are invited to download free trail maps throughout the San Luis Obispo and the HWY 1 Discovery Route More Details
Each week the Coastal Discovery Center invites visitors to participate in its Plankton Monitoring program and other programs.  More Details
Join us for kids activities and storytime with hands-on interaction with tide pool animals and aquarium exploration. More Details
Visit the shark tank during feeding time at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach for an unforgettable experience and a peek at the underwater world of sharks. More Details
A wet world of underwater secrets and fun learning for all ages awaits visitors at the Central Coast Aquarium in Avila Beach. More Details
The site is in the final stages of being restored to a native botanical garden which will feature native plant communities endemic to the Nipomo Mesa and dunes complex. More Details
Cambria has a rich history dating back to the 1860's. Visitors and locals alike enjoy the self-guided walking tour that visits 26 historic structures throughout the small and welcoming town.  More Details
"Every piece of litter you remove reveals something beautiful..." More Details
The mission of the San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden is to display the diverse plant life of the Mediterranean climate zones of the world and to provide opportunities for education, recreation, conservation and research.  More Details
The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Complex is comprised of 18 miles of coastline and is one of the most ecologically significant and largest intact coastal dune ecosystems on earth. More Details
The "Bluff Walks" and nature walks program offers guided hikes on the Bluffs and other ecosystems on the coast.  More Details
An enthusiastic chef-led outing to the local Farmers Market in Arroyo Grande to learn how to source and shop local wherever you travel More Details
The Volunteer Program at the Dunes Center is crucial to its ability to fulfill its mission.  More Details
The Ranch is far from the largest of coastal ecosystems, but packs more biological diversity into a confined area than many larger properties.  More Details
The Museum features state-of-the-art interactive exhibits especially created for the Morro Bay site.  More Details
The Ranch is far from the largest of coastal ecosystems, but packs more biological diversity into a confined area than many larger properties. More Details
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. More Details