Top 10 Stewardship Travel Activities
Number 5: Family Fun and Stewardship at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve
By Michele Roest
Sometimes we get ideas when on vacation that we take home with us and incorporate into our lives. Stewardship is a concept we want to share with our children. Sometimes it’s easier to get them to try something new when they are out of their comfort zone and unplugged.
The Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) has been a stewardship provider in San Luis Obispo County since 1966. Besides their role supporting the National Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count every December, they also offer family-friendly volunteer opportunities and nature activities for local residents and visitors alike. Look into their monthly volunteer days, where volunteers big and small plant seedlings, pull weeds and meet other like-minded folks in Morro Bay and Los Osos. Special events occur year-round, including the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival, shorebird monitoring in the Morro Bay National Estuary, or tracking tri-colored blackbirds. These events often need a few good volunteers.
Stewardship begins in childhood by developing good memories of special places in nature. These memories evolve into a desire to take care of those special places and share them with others. MCAS owns and maintains a few special places that are perfect for families. One of these is Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, located in the heart of Los Osos. This park is an ideal place to develop good memories with kids. Short nature trails and little bridges encourage exploration. Besides birds, you never know if you might see a centipede, a pond turtle, or a tree frog. Sometimes, just sitting quietly and feeling the fresh air on your face creates the best memories of all.
The Morro Coast Audubon Society manages Sweet Springs and schedules Volunteer Days throughout the year. For more information or to make a donation, visit the website at http://www.morrocoastaudubon.org or call (805) 772-1991.
Michele Roest is a biologist, naturalist, and science educator. She has a lifelong interest and love for the natural beauty and cultural history of San Luis Obispo County.