Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.

Free Summer Fun: Morro Bay Estuary Nature Center

Free Summer Fun: Morro Bay Estuary Nature Center

The image above is just a section of the beautiful mural in the Estuary Program Nature Center that shows the different animals and plants that live in local habitats. The portion above shows some of the fauna native to the upland creeks, the salt marsh, and the mudflats. Visit the Nature Center to see more of the mural and learn the names of these organisms.

 

 

Have you visited the Morro Bay Estuary Nature Center lately? This free center is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, and it’s a perfect stop for travelers and locals of all ages.

Wildlife viewing station

Visitors can use the Estuary Nature Center to get a close look at Morro Rock or the many birds, otters, and sea lions swimming by

Visitors can use the Estuary Nature Center to get a close look at Morro Rock or the many birds, otters, and sea lions swimming by.

You can sight see even on a foggy day at our wildlife viewing station. Use our binoculars to scan the water, sky, and sandspit for life. You might see pelicans and other seabirds, sea lions, or sea otters—we’ve even seen bat rays floating by.

pelicans

A pelican comes in for a landing outside the Morro Bay Estuary Nature Center.

 

 

Steelhead exhibit

Our Saving Steelhead exhibit offers you the chance to see steelhead trout and learn about what they need to survive. (More on the conditions that steelhead need to thrive here.)

This year, we documented the transformation of our steelhead from egg, to alevin, to fry. Watch the videos below, and then come see the fish in their tank, as they continue to grow.

The steelhead trout eggs were transported to us in protective netting.

The steelhead eggs arrived in protective netting.

 

This video shows the alevin life stage, after the fish have hatched.

 

Watch the alevin as they continue to feed off their egg sacs and grow.

 

See the steelhead after they’ve inflated their swim bladders and become fry.

 

The steelhead keep gaining in size (and personality).

 

Interactive kiosk

Our touchscreen kiosk features a ton of great science information and interesting videos, including our Bay Story videos, which allow you to hear from locals who love Morro Bay and know it well.

George Trevelyan

 

Other fun exhibits

Press the yellow button on the 3-D image viewer and find yourself flying high above Morro Rock, hanging onto the back of a fishing boat as the catch comes in, or soaring above the morros that line the watershed.

A student looks into the 3-D image display.

A student looks into our 3-D image viewer.

 

Enjoy the hand-painted mural that depicts the different habitat types found throughout the watershed and the animals that live in them.

Visitors examine our estuary mural and learn about the bay through interactive display.

Visitors examine our estuary mural and learn about the bay through interactive displays.

If you come Thursday through Sunday, you might even get the chance to talk with one of our friendly Nature Center docents. They’re there to answer questions about the exhibits and the estuary.

Visit the Nature Center anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. daily. It is located upstairs in the Marina Square Building, on the corner of Marina and Embarcadero in Morro Bay, across the hall from the Estuary Program’s main office.

 


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