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July 2016

Jul 29, Fri, 10:00am - Exploring Shifting Sands - Karen Watts & Robbie Revel @ Morro Bay
How do wind and waves reshape the beach? What kinds of plants and animals live here? Dress in layers for wind/weather and wear sturdy beach shoes. Take Highway 1 north to the Yerba Buena exit; turn west to meet at Morro Strand State Beach in North Morro Bay. Easy walk, 0.5 miles, 1-2 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Jul 29, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Jul 29, Fri, 6:00pm - Ranger Program: Bobcats and Mountain Lions - Ranger Dale Kinney @ Montaña de Oro
Bobcats and Mountain Lions. - Learn about the differences, similarities, habitats and how to coexist with both types of cats. Animal mounts and audio samples of both cats will be presented. Meet at the Montana de Oro State Park Campground campfire center area. Dress for early evening weather. Family activity. 1 hour. Handicap accessible

Jul 30, Sat, 10:00am - Junior Ranger Coastal Program - MdO - SP Env. Staff @ Montaña de Oro
Learn about our coastline and the unique wildlife that inhabits it. Ages 7-12. 1 hour. Meets at Montaña De Oro Ranch House.

Jul 30, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Jul 30, 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). Suggested donation $2/person. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Jul 30, Sat, 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.

Jul 30, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Jul 31, Sun, 10:00am - Junior Ranger Coastal Program - MSSB - SP Env. Staff @ Morro Bay
Learn about our coastline and the unique wildlife that inhabits it. Ages 7-12. 1 hour. Meets at the Morro Strand State Beach Campground Kiosk.

Jul 31, 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.

August 2016

Aug 2, Tue, 10:00am - Birding the Boardwalk - Claudia Freitas & Robbie 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 2, Tue, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 3, Wed, 10:00am - 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 5, Fri, 10:00am - Birding Adventures: Montaña de Oro - Robbie & Bob Revel @ Montaña de Oro
Explore the many habitats of the Central Coast, from grasslands to the rocky shoreline, looking for a variety of bird species. Bring binoculars, water, hat and sunscreen. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Bluff Trail head, about 100 yards south of Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Slow walk, chance of poison oak, 1.7 mi, 2 hrs. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 6, Sat, 10:00am - Junior Ranger Coastal Program - MdO - SP Env. Staff @ Montaña de Oro
Learn about our coastline and the unique wildlife that inhabits it. Ages 7-12. 1 hour. Meets at Montaña De Oro Ranch House.

Aug 6, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 6, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 6, Sat, 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.

Aug 6, Sat, 11:00am - Summer Fun Day - Docents & Staff @ Oso Flaco
Join in for activities including plankton viewing, Chumash necklace making, scope viewing of wildlife and more! Dress for the weather. Meet at Oso Flaco near the boardwalk over the lake. Family friendly. $5 parking within park boundary. No dogs please.

Aug 7, Sun, 10:00am - Junior Ranger Coastal Program - MBSP - SP Env. Staff @ Morro Bay
Learn about our coastline and the unique shorebirds. Ages 7-12. 1 hour. Meets at the Morro Bay State Park Campground Campfire centre.

Aug 9, Tue, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 12, Fri, 10:00am - 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 13, Sat, 10:00am - Junior Ranger Coastal Program - MBSP - SP Env. Staff @ Morro Bay
Learn about our coastline and the unique shorebirds. Ages 7-12. 1 hour. Meets at the Morro Bay State Park Campground Campfire centre.

Aug 13, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 13, Sat, 10:30am - Slow Stroll on the Bluffs - Joyce Cory @ Montaña de Oro WA
Learn about Spooner family and early agricultural history as you stroll along the ADA-designed trail, viewing the spectacular shoreline. A slow pace with rest stops. People with wheelchairs, walkers, canes and strollers are invited to this experience. Dress for windy, cool conditions. Meet at the Bluff Trail head, accessible parking available, south of the Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro State Park. Less than one mile, one hour. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 13, Sat, 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.

Aug 13, Sat, 12:00pm - 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 13, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 13, Sat, 7:30pm - Ranger Program: Great White Sharks - Ranger Darren Wynns @ Morro Bay
A campfire program with Ranger Wynns talking about why great white sharks are apex predators and so important to the ocean ecosystem. Meet at the Morro Bay State Park campfire center near the central picnic area. Dress for early evening weather. Family activity , 45 minutes. Handicap accessible.

Aug 14, Sun, 10:00am - Junior Ranger Coastal Program - MdO - SP Env. Staff @ Montaña de Oro
Learn about our coastline and the unique wildlife that inhabits it. Ages 7-12. 1 hour. Meets at Montaña De Oro Ranch House.

Aug 18, Thu, 10:00am - Hike Estero Bluffs - Bardeen, Kirkhart, Reifel, Renshaw @ Estero Bluffs
Hike along the edge of the bluff, stopping to admire the rocky coast, the waves, or distant coastal views. Watch for interesting plants, birds, or sea mammals. Wear sturdy shoes; bring water. Meet north of Cayucos at the parking area on the west side of HWY 1, 1.7 miles north of the HWY 1/Cayucos Drive interchange. Easy walk of 2 miles, 1.5 to 2 hours.

Aug 19, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 19, Fri, 9:30am - Ranger Program: Exploring Animal Tracks and Pelts - Ranger Jeff Sears @ Montaña de Oro
Join a State Park Ranger in exploring animal tracks and touching mammal pelts from animals of Montana de Oro. Meet at the Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro State Park. Dress appropriate for the weather. Family activity. 1 hour.

Aug 19, Fri, 5:00pm - Ranger Program: Whale Walk - Ranger Marston Taylor @ Montaña de Oro WA
Walk the south end of the Bluff Trail looking for Humpback whales traveling close to shore. Bring binoculars and dress for the early evening weather. Meet in the Coon Creek parking lot at the South end of Montaña de Oro State Park. There is a chance of poison oak off trail. Family friendly, approximately 1 mil of walking. 1-2 hours.

Aug 20, Sat, 10:00am - Junior Ranger Coastal Program - MdO - SP Env. Staff @ Montaña de Oro
Learn about our coastline and the unique wildlife that inhabits it. Ages 7-12. 1 hour. Meets at Montaña De Oro Ranch House.

Aug 20, 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). Suggested donation $2/person. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 20, Sat, 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.

Aug 20, 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.

Aug 20, Sat, 2:00pm - Saturday Scientists: Wonders of the Museum - Curatorial Staff @ Morro Bay WA
The museum volunteer curators will have on display specimens from all our collections. Come see the diversity of species on the Central Coast . Microscopes and hand lenses will be available so you can get a closer look at specimen structures like hair, cells, small crystals, etc. The curators will be available to provide information about the collections and to take questions. For those that are interested, a few tours of the curatorial department will be offered during the session. This is a family event.

Aug 20, Sat, 5:00pm - Ranger Program: Whale Walk - Ranger Marston Taylor @ Montaña de Oro WA
Walk the south end of the Bluff Trail looking for Humpback whales traveling close to shore. Bring binoculars and dress for the early evening weather. Meet in the Coon Creek parking lot at the South end of Montaña de Oro State Park. There is a chance of poison oak off trail. Family friendly, approximately 1 mil of walking. 1-2 hours.

Aug 21, Sun, 10:00am - Junior Ranger Coastal Program - MBSP - SP Env. Staff @ Morro Bay
Learn about our coastline and the unique shorebirds. Ages 7-12. 1 hour. Meets at the Morro Bay State Park Campground Campfire centre.

Aug 21, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 21, Sun, 2:00pm - Discover Hidden Life in the Morro Bay Estuary - Karen Watts @ Morro Bay WA
Learn about some of our planet’s most fascinating, seldom seen life-forms. A video-microscope will be used to look at the life that exists in a single drop of water. Meet at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History. Talk, 1 hour.

Aug 22, Mon, 9:30am - Hike Hazard Peak - Bardeen, Kirkhart, Reifel, Renshaw @ Montaña de Oro
Hike to Hazard Peak and enjoy views of the ocean, bay and rock while working off that extra dessert you consumed last week. Bring water, a snack, binoculars, and wear sturdy shoes. Meet in Montaña de Oro State Park at the ridge trailhead, 2.3 miles from the park entrance. Active hike, 5 miles, 3 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 23, Tue, 10:00am - Birding Adventures: Montaña de Oro - Claudia Freitas & Robbie Revel @ Montaña de Oro
Explore the many habitats of the Central Coast, from grasslands to the rocky shoreline, looking for a variety of bird species. Bring binoculars, water, hat and sunscreen. Dress for wind/weather. Meet at the Bluff Trail head, about 100 yards south of Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro. Slow walk, chance of poison oak, 1.7 mi, 2 hrs. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 23, Tue, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 23, Tue, 10:00am - Ranger Program: Animal Tracks: Clues Left Behind - Ranger Will Rushworth @ Montaña de Oro
Learn to identify a variety of animals by the tracks that they leave behind. Make your own plaster track to take home. Meet at the Spooner Ranch House picnic area in Montaña de Oro State Park. Family activity, most appropriate for ages 7-12. 1 hour.

Aug 26, Fri, 9:30am - Ranger Program: Exploring Animal Tracks and Pelts - Ranger Jeff Sears @ Montaña de Oro
Join a State Park Ranger in exploring animal tracks and touching mammal pelts from animals of Montana de Oro. Meet at the Spooner Ranch House in Montaña de Oro State Park. Dress appropriate for the weather. Family activity. 1 hour.

Aug 26, Fri, 5:00pm - Ranger Program: Harmony Headlands Walk - Ranger Gene Browe @ Harmony Headlands
Learn about the wildlife and history of the Harmony Headlands area. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, bring binoculars if possible. Meet at the Harmony Headlands parking lot, on the west side of Highway 1, about 5.5 miles north of Cayucos. Family friendly, moderate walk, 1 hour.

Aug 27, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 27, Sat, 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.

Aug 27, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 27, Sat, 5:00pm - Ranger Program: Harmony Headlands Walk - Ranger Gene Browe @ Harmony Headlands
Learn about the wildlife and history of the Harmony Headlands area. Dress for the weather, wear comfortable shoes, bring binoculars if possible. Meet at the Harmony Headlands parking lot, on the west side of Highway 1, about 5.5 miles north of Cayucos. Family friendly, moderate walk, 1 hour.

Aug 29, 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. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

Aug 30, Tue, 10:00am - Ranger Program: Animal Tracks: Clues Left Behind - Ranger Will Rushworth @ Montaña de Oro
Learn to identify a variety of animals by the tracks that they leave behind. Make your own plaster track to take home. Meet at the Spooner Ranch House picnic area in Montaña de Oro State Park. Family activity, most appropriate for ages 7-12. 1 hour.

Aug 31, Wed, 10:00am - Exploring Shifting Sands - Karen Watts & Robbie Revel @ Morro Bay
How do wind and waves reshape the beach? What kinds of plants and animals live here? Dress in layers for wind/weather and wear sturdy beach shoes. Take Highway 1 north to the Yerba Buena exit; turn west to meet at Morro Strand State Beach in North Morro Bay. Easy walk, 0.5 miles, 1-2 hours. Rain cancels. No dogs please.

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