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The mission of the Central Coast Aquarium is to cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship. The Aquarium was born from a passion for the sea and community and is committed to providing opportunities centered around education, engagement and action. Based in Avila Beach, the center expands the aquarium visit by offering a fun, hands-on experience that fosters education and encourages stewardship of our oceans.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (805) 595-7280 or emailing christine@centralcoastsquarium.com

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Participants will meet at the Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon (across from entrance to Hearst Castle Visitors Center, by the pier) each Saturday, January 12th through February 23rd, from 10:00-10:45am. [post_title] => Elephant Seal Exploratory Rookery Tour [post_excerpt] => The elephant seal rookery at Piedras Blancas is a dramatic and interesting place to visit year-round.  [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => elephant-seal-exploratory-rookery-tour [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:00:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/events/elephant-seal-exploratory-rookery-tour/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [2] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 110546 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 07:00:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:06 [post_content] =>

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!

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Reservations are required. To reserve space or get updates on program offerings, call (805) 927-2145. Donations accepted. [post_title] => Life of the Northern Elephant Seal at the Coastal Discovery Center [post_excerpt] => Winter is the most exciting time of the year to view elephant seals at Piedras Blancas roookery [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => life-of-the-northern-elephant-seal-at-the-coastal-discovery-center [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:00:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/events/life-of-the-northern-elephant-seal-at-the-coastal-discovery-center/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 110597 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 07:00:06 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:06 [post_content] => Join biologists from Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to explore the amazing plant and animal communities that live on the rocks between tides. Learn how scientists study the intertidal and why. Wear water shoes or sandals and dress in layers.

This program will be offered on January 5, January 19, February 2 and February 16 at the Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (805) 927-2145. Donations accepted.
[post_title] => Exploring Tidepool Communities at the Coastal Discovery Center [post_excerpt] => Join biologists from Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to explore the amazing plant and animal communities [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => exploring-tidepool-communities-at-the-coastal-discovery-center [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:00:06 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:06 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/events/exploring-tidepool-communities-at-the-coastal-discovery-center/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 105291 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content] => The 10 destinations along California’s Highway 1 Discovery Route (H1DR) in SLO CAL from Ragged Point and Cambria to Avila Beach and Oceano are serious when it comes to the annual Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration. Coastal SLO CAL welcomes visitors to immerse themselves in the local marine culture, coastal heritage and natural attractions along the iconic CA Highway 1 Discovery Route through a series of events and activities. 

Enjoy special marine focused events, uniquq wine and food tastings and festival, stewardship travel activities, and Wildlife Viewing Tips all while adding meaning and connecting deeper to the nature and culture of our area. "Throughout the annual Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration guests are invited to explore marine life from abalone to elephant seals, learn about nature preserves, participate in fun citizen science activities, and enjoy the many seaside hikes found on the Central Coast," says Katie Sturtevant, Stewardship Travel Director. "There are unique signature events like Sharks After Dark at the Central Coast Aquarium, free films at Hearst Castle Theater and almost 40 must-do activities the whole family will enjoy."

We are excited to be featuring the film Disneynature Oceans at the historic Hearst Castle Theater for six consecutive Saturdays during the celebration. 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.

A complete list of Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration events can be found here. [post_title] => Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration [post_excerpt] => The 10 destinations along California’s Highway 1 Discovery Route (H1DR) in SLO CAL from Ragged Point and Cambria to Avila Beach and Oceano are serious when it comes to the annual Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Celebration.  [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => coastal-discovery-stewardship-celebration [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/events/coastal-discovery-stewardship-celebration/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 105293 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content] => 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 10am to noon. $6 at the door; $40 season pass.
[post_title] => Central Coast Aquarium's Mommies and Guppies [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] => central-coast-aquarium-s-mommies-and-guppies [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/events/central-coast-aquarium-s-mommies-and-guppies/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 105294 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content] => Montaña de Oro is rich in history, from Native American to Spanish Land Grant, to cattle ranching and dairying. In 1892, Alden B. Spooner, Jr. built this ranch house overlooking the sea. He and his three sons began running cattle, sheep, goats and pigs, and operated a 150-cow dairy that was considered one of the finest in the area. Spooner also built a landing on the bluff of Spooner's Cove where "doghole" schooners could moor to take on crops from the ranch. During the 1920s and 30s, they leased ocean terrace land to Japanese pea farmers. Except for the highest slopes, every acre visible from the ranch house was under cultivation. During prohibition Spooner's Cove was known as Smuggler's Cove, as illegal liquor from Mexico was brought ashore and sold to area speakeasys. At least 18 outbuildings, a water-powered creamery, and a cliffside loading chute for coastal steamers once clustered near Spooner's Cove. Now only the ranch house and a concrete creamery built in 1915 remain.

The Spooners sold the ranch to O.C. Field in 1941, who then sold it to Irene McAllister in 1952. She renamed the Pecho Ranch to Montaña de Oro, the theory goes either because of the gold wildflowers or because she was going to strike it rich in oil and cattle. She did not and within three years she was in bankruptcy proceedings. People in the area thought it would make a beautiful state park and so petitioned the state. California purchased the land and opened it as a State Park in 1965.

To learn more about the parks natural and cultural history, visit the Spooner Ranch House above Spooner's Cove, open daily from 11am to 2pm. Admission is free, but donations are always welcome. [post_title] => Spooner Ranch House Tours [post_excerpt] => Montaña de Oro is rich in history, from Native American to Spanish Land Grant, to cattle ranching and dairying. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => spooner-ranch-house-tours [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/events/spooner-ranch-house-tours/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 105295 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content] => Standing in a grove of stately Eucalyptus trees on Nipomo Mesa is a 13-room adobe residence built by Captain William Goodwin Dana in 1840. Restoration efforts have restored this gracious home to much of its original splendor. Burros and other farm animals from the great Rancho era can still be found here, along with costumed docents, antique farm implements, and historians who will gladly guide you through the fascinating history that is pure California.

The Dana Adobe is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays, from 1pm to 4pm, and during the week by appointment. [post_title] => Rancho Nipomo Historical Dana Adobe Visit [post_excerpt] => Standing in a grove of stately Eucalyptus trees on Nipomo Mesa is a 13-room adobe residence built by Captain William Goodwin Dana in 1840.  [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => rancho-nipomo-historical-dana-adobe-visit [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/events/rancho-nipomo-historical-dana-adobe-visit/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 105296 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content] => 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. [post_title] => Volunteer at Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Natural History Center [post_excerpt] => 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. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => volunteer-at-guadalupe-nipomo-dunes-natural-history-center [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/events/volunteer-at-guadalupe-nipomo-dunes-natural-history-center/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [10] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 105298 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content] => The magic and mystery of the monarch migration has charmed and captivated people for years.  The eastern population is being severely impacted by deforestation in its Mexican overwintering grounds and the western monarchs are being squeezed by the constant pressures of coastal development and dwindling open space.  Both populations have experienced a decrease in numbers due to lack of milkweed necessary as a food source for the larval stage. Visit http://www.monarchdunesbutterflies.org/help.html to find out how you can help protect the monarchs and their migration.

Pismo Beach

From late October to February, thousands of black and gold Monarch butterflies cluster in the limbs of a Eucalyptus grove at Pismo State Beach, providing us with a breathtaking glimpse of nature in all her vibrant glory. This colony, easily accessible from Highway 1, is one of the largest in the nation, hosting an average of 50,000 butterflies every year. Many of these fragile butterflies fly more than 1,000 miles, braving harsh weather conditions before coming to roost in the protected grove for the winter. During the season, the docent trailer opens every day at 10 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Walks through the grove happen at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., weather permitting.

Monarch Dunes

The Monarch Dunes Butterfly Habitat was once part of a 957 acre Tasmanian blue gum eucalyptus plantation in Nipomo, California, and has supported as many as 60,000 overwintering monarch butterflies. From late October to February, thousands of black and orange Monarch butterflies cluster in the limbs of a Eucalyptus grove at Trilogy Monarch Dunes in Nipomo, providing us with a breathtaking glimpse of nature in all her vibrant glory. Many of these fragile butterflies fly more than 1,000 miles, braving harsh weather conditions before coming to roost in the protected grove for the winter. The grove is open year-round with an interpretive trail. The Butterfly Habitat is open from sunrise to sunset and is free to all. Please park in the paved parking lot at 1610 Kingston Drive, which is immediately adjacent to the butterfly sanctuary. A wheel chair/stroller accessible paved path provides a short easy walk into the main cluster area. Picnic tables and trash receptacles are available. A public horse trail encircles the nineteen acre habitat, with hitching posts provided near the picnic area. There are no restroom or drinking water facilities on site.

Los Osos / Baywood

The Sweet Springs overwintering site is located in Los Osos along the southwest edge of the Morro Bay estuary. A prominent sign shows the entrance to the trails from the north side of Ramona Avenue. The site is part of an Audubon Nature Preserve, featuring a vegetative restoration project and access trails to monarchs and other scenic areas within the preserve. [post_title] => Monarch Butterfly Migration [post_excerpt] => From late October to February, thousands of black and gold Monarch butterflies cluster in the limbs of a Eucalyptus grove at Pismo State Beach [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => monarch-butterfly-migration-pb [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/events/monarch-butterfly-migration-pb/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [11] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 105299 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content] => 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 Cleanup Kit contains a collection bag, gloves, and a Marine Debris checklist. You'll receive an Avila Beach Appreciation Stewardship Tote Bag, one per checklist. The checklist information may be used to help determine trends and sources of specific debris for future marine protection.

Cleanup Kits and checklists are available at: Central Coast Aquarium, Avila Village Inn, Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort, Avila Lighthouse Suites, Avila Beach Community Center and San Luis Bay Inn. Avila Beach appreciates its stewardship travelers! Don't be surprised if a local resident thanks you for your visit. [post_title] => Avila Beach Stewardship Cleanup Kit and Appreciation Tote Bag [post_excerpt] => 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 [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => avila-beach-stewardship-cleanup-kit-and-appreciation-tote-bag [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/events/avila-beach-stewardship-cleanup-kit-and-appreciation-tote-bag/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [12] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 105300 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content] => Observe the diversity of life within the kelp forest while walking along the Estero Bluffs, north of Cayucos. Watch for sea otters playing in the kelp forest that they keep healthy. Be sure to bring your binoculars along for this self-guided hike.

Estero Bluffs State Park is located north of Cayucos and west of Highway One from the intersection of North Ocean Street to Villa Creek. The park is approximately 355 acres consisting of grassland-dominated coastal terrace that slopes from Highway One to the Pacific Ocean. The property is bisected by San Geronimo and Villa Creeks.

Download the Estero Bluffs State Park brochure here.
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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 Cleanup Kit contains a collection bag, gloves, and a Marine Debris checklist. After your stewardship outing, return your checklist to the outlet where you received your kit. The checklist information may be used to help determine trends and sources of specific debris for future marine protection. [post_title] => Cambria Stewardship Cleanup Kit and Appreciation Tote Bag [post_excerpt] => 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 new Stewardship Cleanup Kit opportunity, offered by the Cambria Tourism Board. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => cambria-stewardship-cleanup-kit-and-appreciation-tote-bag [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://highway1discoveryroute.com/events/cambria-stewardship-cleanup-kit-and-appreciation-tote-bag/ [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => events [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [14] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 105302 [post_author] => 0 [post_date] => 2019-06-26 07:00:05 [post_date_gmt] => 2019-06-26 15:00:05 [post_content] => What: Fiscalini Ranch Preserve Restoration & Stewardship Days
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 is your getaway to 'Ah-Ha' moments on vacation through activities and charitable donation opportunities that protect wildlife, habitat, and cultural heritage sites.

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.

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Along the Whale Trail you'll be looking over the waters of one of our nation's most spectacular marine protected areas, offering some of the best wildlife viewing in the world - including 34 species of marine mammals! Search for the heart-shaped blows of gray whales, tall dorsal fins of orcas, or feeding humpback and blue whales. Look for seals and sea lions on offshore rocks and sea otters wrapped up in kelp. You can see amazing marine life at the Whale Trail's shore-based sites at any time of year. 

Be a wildlife steward. Give animals the space they need to eat, rest and socialize. Keep your distance and please do not touch, feed or chase wildlife. Enjoy and help protect this diverse and fragile marine environment.

The Whale Trail is a series of sites where the public may view orcas, other cetaceans and marine mammals from shore. Learn more in this video

Our mission is to inspire appreciation and stewardship of whales and our marine environment by establishing a network of viewing sites along the whales’ trails along the Salish Sea and the Pacific Coast.

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The mission of the Central Coast Aquarium is to cultivate a community dedicated to ocean stewardship. The Aquarium was born from a passion for the sea and community and is committed to providing opportunities centered around education, engagement and action. Based in Avila Beach, the center expands the aquarium visit by offering a fun, hands-on experience that fosters education and encourages stewardship of our oceans.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling (805) 595-7280 or emailing christine@centralcoastsquarium.com

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