Adventures With Nature

Adventures with Nature

Adventures with Nature Programs are guided walks and talks facilitated by California State Park Staff and Volunteers. All ages are welcome and encouraged to attend. These fun, free programs are exploratory in nature, revolving around cultural and natural resources in the coastal California State Parks in San Luis Obispo County. No dogs, please. Rain and/or inclement weather will cancel all outdoor events. For a full list of upcoming events, please check our event calendar.

Photo by Brian Baer

Discover Pismo State Beach 

Monday, February 12th, 10 – 11:30 am

Join State Park staff on a stroll to learn about our beautiful natural surroundings. On this walk, you will learn all about the local flora and fauna of Pismo State Beach!

Meet in the plaza area at the tables by the public restrooms across from Fin’s Bar & Grill, 25 W Grand Avenue, Grover Beach. Dress in layers. Wear comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, and a hat. Other helpful items include binoculars, a camera, water, birding, and/or plant books. Easy walk with possible sandy terrain; 1 mile; 1- 1.5 hours.  All ages are welcome. 

Please RSVP by calling 805-474-2664. 

Oceano’s Beavers

Saturday, February 17th, 10am-noon

Join State Park Docent Dan to learn about the beaver’s physical adaptations, their role in our country’s westward expansion, why they were hunted, and their local history. Enjoy an easy-paced walk around the Oceano lagoon as we search for evidence and signs of beaver activity.

Meet at Oceano Dunes Visitor Center at the Oceano Campground, 555 Pier Ave, Oceano. Dress in layers with comfortable walking shoes. Bring insect repellent and water: binoculars are a plus. Moderate walk; 0.5 miles; 2 hours. All ages are welcome.

Please RSVP by calling 805-474-2664.

Guided Coastal Bluff and Tidepool Walk at Hearst San Simeon State Park

Saturday, February 24th, 2:30-3:30pm

Walk with a California State Park Interpreter across the coastal bluff habitat of Junge Ranch, just south of San Simeon.  Learn about diverse coastal native plants along the way to the tide pools, where we will explore a world of invertebrates and other interesting organisms adapted to both the saltwater and the open air!

The group will meet at Vista Del Mar Avenue at the south end of the town of San Simeon.  There is free street parking along either side of the road.  Meeting coordinates: 35° 36′ 34.40″ N 121° 8′ 37.90″ W

Wear closed toed sturdy shoes and sun protection; dress in layers for the coast. Clothes may get a little wet while wading in the pools. Moderately strenuous with a short but steep and unstable ±50 ft ascent down to the beach from the coastal bluffs. Tide pool rocks may be slippery, loose and rough. 1 mile; 1 hour.

Rain cancels program.

Butterflies: Communication in Color 

Saturday, February 24th, 11am-noon

Butterflies come in a multitude of colors, shapes, and sizes. Some are toxic, others are clever copycats. Join Docent Peggy for this engaging hour-long talk about butterflies from around the world and right in our backyard. Learn about the many interesting adaptations that enable them to stay alive.

Meet at Guiton Hall, located at the Oceano Dunes Visitor Center, 555 Pier Avenue, Oceano. 1 hour presentation. Recommended for ages 10 and older. NO DOGS.  

Please RSVP by calling 805-474-2664

Explore the Natural Beach: Guided Walk at
Morro Strand State Beach

March 1st, 14th, and 28th 10:00AM – 12:00PM

Join California State Park Volunteer Sharon for a guided beach walk to discover what gets washed up along the sandy shoreline and compare the fresh items with those deposited earlier during high tide. Find and identify items left behind by the tide. Learn about how to identify these fun and fascinating items, such as shells, barnacles, seaweeds and more! Explore their relationship to each other and the sandy beach environment.

Meet at the tables next to the campground kiosk at Morro Strand State Beach, off Yerba Buena Street and Highway 1 in Morro Bay.

Wear closed toed sturdy shoes and sun protection; dress in layers for the coast and bring plenty of water. All ages welcome for this easy-paced walk, which includes moderately strenuous terrain with walking through soft sand.