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All times are approximate. Bad weather cancels outdoor activities

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May / June 2016

 

May 28, Sat, 9:00am - Chumash Ocean Walk - Kalleen Corley @ Pismo Beach
Discover the ways in which the Chumash were influenced by and adapted to geography and climate; obtaining food, clothing, shelter and tools. Dress for wind/weather; prepare for soft sand walking and in shoes. Meet at the entrance kiosk to Pismo State Beach Campground. There is no parking inside the campground; instead park along Dolliver Drive (Highway 1) near the entrance. Moderate walk in sand, ¼ mile, 45 min.

May 28, Sat, 10:00am - The Otter Information Station! - David Curtius & Richard Schultz @ Morro Bay WA
View otters in the waters of Morro Bay, visit our information station, and learn about these incredible creatures from museum docents!! Location varies- look for our spotting scopes on Coleman Drive. For specific location, call (805) 806-0221 after 10:00 am the day of the event. Family-friendly, wildlife viewing station, open 10am:noon.

May 30, Mon, 11:00am - Windy Cove Mud and Tide Pools - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay
Walk to Windy Cove below the Museum learning about the plants, the mud and the organisms that inhabit the mud and the rocks around the cove. Dress for the weather and wear shoes that can get muddy; no bare feet. Meet at the "Nature Walk" sign in front of the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Easy family walk, 1-2 hour.

Jun 1, Wed, 9:00am - Montaña de Oro Bluff Nature Walk - Randy Bello @ Montaña de Oro WA
Take a pleasant hike along the bluffs for the magnificent views and look for wildlife. Dress for wind/weather and bring binoculars. Meet at Bluff Trailhead, about 100 yards south of Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 3 hours.

Jun 3, Fri, 11:00am - Great Blue Herons, Egrets and Other Rookery Wonders - Louise Abbott @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short talk and walk to the rookery in Morro Bay State Park to observe these magnificent birds. Learn about courtship rituals, nesting habits, and in spring, see adults caring for their young. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in the Learning Center. Easy walk, 0.25 miles, 1.5 hours.

Jun 4, Sat, 11:00am - Discovery Saturday: San Simeon Pier Safari - CDC Staff @ North Coast
Explore marine life in San Simeon Cove, from the largest residents to the smallest. Bring your binoculars to look for marine birds and mammals. Fish for plankton off the pier and learn the important role they play in the San Simeon Cove food web. Learn about how these marine animals have influenced the rich history of San Simeon Cove. Binoculars and field guides provided (limited number).

Jun 8, Wed, 8:00am - Intertidal Life at Hazard Reef - Faylla Chapman @ Montaña de Oro
Learn some geology while walking through coastal scrub and sand dunes to see seaweeds and marine animals. Dress in layers and wear non-skid shoes that can get wet. Meet in Hazard Canyon parking lot, on West side of road, 1.6 miles south of Montaña de Oro park entrance. Look for announcement board. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 1 mile, 3 hours.

Jun 8, Wed, 9:00am - Montaña de Oro Bluff Nature Walk - Randy Bello @ Montaña de Oro WA
Take a pleasant hike along the bluffs for the magnificent views and look for wildlife. Dress for wind/weather and bring binoculars. Meet at Bluff Trailhead, about 100 yards south of Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 3 hours.

Jun 11, Sat, 10:00am - Discovery Saturday: Beach Exploration - CDC Staff @ North Coast
Learn about the mysteries of San Simeon Cove by beachcombing with marine biologists. Find out what causes high and low tides and investigate the animals and algae cast up on the beach. Buckets and gloves will be supplied for those who want to help clean up the beach on our way back! Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 805-927-6575 to reserve space in the program. Suggested donation $2/person.

Jun 11, Sat, 10:00am - Los Osos Oaks Reserve - Faylla Chapman @ Los Osos
Enjoy a shaded stroll through ancient forest. See native plants and evidence of Chumash habitation. Learn colorful historical background. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at Reserve entrance, 0.7 miles east of South Bay Blvd. on Los Osos Valley Road. Easy walk, chance of poison oak, 1 mile, 1.5 hours.

Jun 11, Sat, 10:00am - Pismo Beavers: Adorable Wildlife or Destructive Pests? - Dan Green @ Pismo Beach WA
Discover the beaver’s physical adaptations, their role in our country’s westward expansion, why they were hunted, and their local history. Search for evidence of their activities during a short walk. Dress for wind/weather with comfortable shoes. Bring insect repellent and water: binoculars a plus. Meet at Monarch Butterfly Grove, 1/2 mile north of Grand Avenue on Hwy 1, Pismo Beach. Moderate walk, 1/4 miles, 1.5 - 2 hours.

Jun 11, Sat, 11:00am - White's Point Vistas - Norma Wightman @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short, steep walk to view the estuary, home to hundreds of marine and terrestrial animals. Learn about the forces creating and changing this watery world. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Moderate walk, 0.5 miles, 0.75 hours.

Jun 13, Mon, 11:00am - Great Blue Herons, Egrets and Other Rookery Wonders - Louise Abbott @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short talk and walk to the rookery in Morro Bay State Park to observe these magnificent birds. Learn about courtship rituals, nesting habits, and in spring, see adults caring for their young. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in the Learning Center. Easy walk, 0.25 miles, 1.5 hours.

Jun 13, Mon, 1:00pm - Salt Marsh to Mudflats - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay WA
Walk the State Park Marina Peninsula boardwalk to learn the history of the salt marsh and the plants and animals living in this specialized environment. Dress for wind/weather and mud. Bring binoculars. Park close to east end of Bayside marina parking lot or across the street at MB campground restrooms. Easy walk, 0.5 miles, 2 hours.

Jun 17, Fri, 9:00am - Walk Along the Edge - Norma Wightman @ Estero Bluffs
Explore the bluffs and beach along Estero Bay examining relationships of animals seen. Bring binoculars; wear sturdy beach shoes and layered clothing. Meet in dirt parking lot one mile north of the end of divided section of Hwy 1, north of Cayucos. Moderate hike, 2 miles, 2.5 hours.

Jun 17, Fri, 10:00am - Birds of Land and Sea at Morro Rock - Claudia Freitas & Robbie Revel @ Morro Bay
Observe cormorants, pelicans, and various species and age classes of gulls. Watch for resident Peregrine falcons over the Rock and sea birds in the channel. Dress for wind/weather; bring binoculars and a field guide. Meet near the chain link fencing at the base of Morro Rock, in the northwest corner of the large parking lot.

Jun 18, Sat, 9:00am - Chumash Ocean Walk - Kalleen Corley @ Pismo Beach
Discover the ways in which the Chumash were influenced by and adapted to geography and climate; obtaining food, clothing, shelter and tools. Dress for wind/weather; prepare for soft sand walking and in shoes. Meet at the entrance kiosk to Pismo State Beach Campground. There is no parking inside the campground; instead park along Dolliver Drive (Highway 1) near the entrance. Moderate walk in sand, ¼ mile, 45 min.

Jun 18, Sat, 10:00am - The Otter Information Station! - David Curtius & Richard Schultz @ Morro Bay WA
View otters in the waters of Morro Bay, visit our information station, and learn about these incredible creatures from museum docents!! Location varies- look for our spotting scopes on Coleman Drive. For specific location, call (805) 806-0221 after 10:00 am the day of the event. Family-friendly, wildlife viewing station, open 10am:noon.

Jun 18, Sat, 11:00am - Discovery Saturday: Central Coast Marine Mammals - CDC Staff @ North Coast
Learn how to identify local marine mammals, what you should do if you see a sick or injured seal, sea lion or sea otter, and what you can do to keep these animals healthy. Join us for lively presentation with real fur pelts, skulls and bones, followed by a walk to the pier to look for sea otters, harbor seals, whales and other marine mammals. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please call 805-927-6575 to reserve space in the program. Suggested donation $2/person.

Jun 18, Sat, 11:00am - White's Point Vistas - Molly Stoddard @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short, steep walk to view the estuary, home to hundreds of marine and terrestrial animals. Learn about the forces creating and changing this watery world. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Moderate walk, 0.5 miles, 0.75 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Jun 18, Sat, 2:00pm - Black Hill Trail - Roger Randall @ Morro Bay
Walk the most accessible of the volcanic sisters while discussing their history and enjoying a panoramic view of the surrounding geography. Dress for wind/weather. Take Golf Course Drive past the clubhouse and bear left at fork in road. Meet at the overlook parking lot above the Morro Bay Golf Course. Moderate walk, chance of poison oak, 0.5 miles, 1.5 hours.

Jun 18, Sat, 2:00pm - Saturday Scientists: Secrets of Sand and Sediment - Robbie Revel @ Morro Bay WA
Explore samples of sand and sediment using magnifiers and microscopes. Sort living and non-living parts of the sediment and make a miniature mineral & shell collection. Learn what organisms make sand their home. Event held at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History auditorium. This is a family event, lasting 1-2 hrs.

Jun 20, Mon, 9:30am - Hike the Sand Spit - Bardeen, Kirkhart, Reifel, Renshaw @ Montaña de Oro
Walk through the dune scrub to the beach on the Sand Spit Trail. Then walk north along the shore. Wear sturdy shoes. Dress in layers, and bring water. Meet at the Sand Spit Parking Lot, Montaña de Oro State Park (turn right on paved road 7/10 mile past the entrance sign). Hike is 3 miles, 2 hours.

Jun 20, Mon, 10:00am - Birding the Boardwalk - Claudia Freitas & Bob Revel @ Morro Bay WA
Enjoy a stroll while identifying shorebirds and more. Beginning birders welcome. Bring binoculars and field guide. Dress for wind/weather. Park close to east end of Morro Bay State Park Bayside marina parking lot. Easy walk, 1 mile, 1.5 hours.

Jun 20, Mon, 10:00am - Montaña de Oro Bluff Nature Walk - Paul O’Connor @ Montaña de Oro WA
Take a pleasant hike along the bluffs for the magnificent views and look for wildlife. Dress for wind/weather and bring binoculars. Meet at Bluff Trailhead, about 100 yards south of Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 3 hours.

Jun 25, Sat, 11:00am - Discovery Saturday: San Simeon Pier Safari - CDC Staff @ North Coast
Explore marine life in San Simeon Cove, from the largest residents to the smallest. Bring your binoculars to look for marine birds and mammals. Fish for plankton off the pier and learn the important role they play in the San Simeon Cove food web. Learn about how these marine animals have influenced the rich history of San Simeon Cove. Binoculars and field guides provided (limited number).

Jun 25, Sat, 11:00am - Summer Solstice Celebration - Docents & Staff @ Morro Bay WA
Join the State Park Docents, Staff and other environmental organizations in celebrating the beginning of summer. There will be many activities including stamping, making animal tracks, bird games, Native American games and medallions, and learning about conservation and protection of our threatened species. Also live animals to handle such as snakes lizards, insects and different marine organisms. Morro Bay State Park Campground picnic area, please park outside and walk in. FREE Family event, handicap accessible, 11am -2 pm.

Jun 26, Sun, 10:00am - Los Osos Oaks Reserve - Faylla Chapman @ Los Osos
Enjoy a shaded stroll through ancient forest. See native plants and evidence of Chumash habitation. Learn colorful historical background. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at Reserve entrance, 0.7 miles east of South Bay Blvd. on Los Osos Valley Road. Easy walk, chance of poison oak, 1 mile, 1.5 hours.

Jun 26, Sun, 11:00am - Great Blue Herons, Egrets and Other Rookery Wonders - Louise Abbott @ Morro Bay
Enjoy a short talk and walk to the rookery in Morro Bay State Park to observe these magnificent birds. Learn about courtship rituals, nesting habits, and in spring, see adults caring for their young. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History in the Learning Center. Easy walk, 0.25 miles, 1.5 hours.

Jun 26, Sun, 11:00am - Sea Otter Experience - Docents @ Morro Bay WA
Come out to see live otters, ask questions and listen to Docents talk about these fascinating sea mammals. We have spotting scopes and binoculars for close-up viewing. Look for us on the left side of Coleman Road along the boardwalk or in the parking area across from the restrooms in the Morro Rock parking lot. Free Family event, 11am-3 pm. Handicap accessible.

Jun 27, Mon, 10:00am - Hike the Reservoir Flat Trail - Bardeen, Kirkhart, Reifel, Renshaw @ Montaña de Oro
Walk through the chaparral into the riparian zone near Islay Creek. Enjoy the view back to Spooner’s Cove and the ocean. Then stroll through the shady woods. Meet at the Visitor’s Center, Montaña de Oro State Park. Moderate hike, 2.5 miles, 1.5 - 2 hours. Chance of poison oak.

Jun 27, Mon, 10:00am - Montaña de Oro Bluff Nature Walk - Paul O’Connor @ Montaña de Oro WA
Take a pleasant hike along the bluffs for the magnificent views and look for wildlife. Dress for wind/weather and bring binoculars. Meet at Bluff Trailhead, about 100 yards south of Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Active hike, chance of poison oak, 2 miles, 3 hours.

Jun 29, Wed, 1:00pm - Salt Marsh to Mudflats - Faylla Chapman @ Morro Bay WA
Walk the State Park Marina Peninsula boardwalk to learn the history of the salt marsh and the plants and animals living in this specialized environment. Dress for wind/weather and mud. Bring binoculars. Park close to east end of Bayside marina parking lot or across the street at MB campground restrooms. Easy walk, 0.5 miles, 2 hours.

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