Coastal Cleanup Day 2016

Upcoming Events


PICK UP THE PICNIC WEEK (July 1–9, 2017)

Pick the place. Pick up the trash. Send us the details. 

Whether it be your family’s Independence Day picnic area, a popular stretch of beach, or an entire park, we ask you to choose your favorite spot and pick up any trash you see. Your work will benefit your community, our waterways, local natural areas, and our Earth as a whole during these Fourth of July cleanup efforts.

Gather friends and family or enjoy a quiet walk by yourself as you pick up trash and record what you find using our digital data sheet or print a data sheet at home.

  • Make it a game. Set up teams to see who can pick up the most trash.
  • You don’t have to spend the whole day. A #2minutebeachclean is great too!
  • Clean up by land or by sea. Get creative with your mode of transportation.




Past Contest Winners


Winners of the 2017 Poetry Contest, A National Treasure in Words, are featured on the blog.

Winners of the Textures of Morro Bay 2016 Photo Contest are featured on the blog and in our Nature Center.


Events by our Partner Organizations

From science-based activities, celebratory mixers, shoreline cleanups, informative talks, active hikes, and more, here are some other local events put on by Estuary Program partners around the community.


The Central Coast State Parks Association has a variety of walks, talks, hands-on science workshops, and activities hosted by docents, California State Park officials, and other experts. Learn about the collection of happenings for all ages on their Events page.

ECOSLO organizes activities including docent-led hikes to promote healthy lifestyles and an engaged community in protecting natural resources locally and beyond. Check out the ECOSLO calendar on their website for info about upcoming activities.

The Land Conservancy of SLO leads hikers and bikers throughout the county. Their regular docent-led hikes and biking tours for a variety of levels provide special access to some private lands and information about the areas they work to protect. The LCSLO calendar of walks, tours, and special events as well can be found on their website.

San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden indulges guests in many hands on activities for all ages as well as informative walks through the property. See the SLO Botanical Garden’s events page where they list recurring as well as special workshops and activities.

Small Wilderness Area Preservation (SWAP), The Los Osos and Morro Bay Chapter holds Third Saturday Walks monthly. Stroll through the Elfin Forest with a guest speaker presenting on a topic related to the natural history of the area. Visit SWAP’s website for this month’s presenter and topic.




Morro Bay National Estuary Program brings together citizens, local governments, non-profits, agencies, and landowners to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary.

Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.