Coastal Cleanup Day 2016

Upcoming Events



Every three years, the Estuary Program releases a State of the Bay report. To accompany this State of the Bay report, the Estuary Program and our partners present an exciting lineup of science-focused, hands-on activities, talks, walks, hikes throughout April and into May. Learn about water-wise gardens, taste a custom ale, get inspired by art, look through a microscope, participate in a shoreline cleanup, paddle the bay with friends, and much more. There are over 20 different events!

Join us each week as we #exploreourestuary through science. Event details at our 2017 State of the Bay page.

Week 1: March 26-April 1

Week 2: April 2-8

Week 3: April 9–15

Week 4: April 16–22

Week 5: April 23–29


Showing of Of Marshes and Morros at the Bay Theatre

Saturday, April 15

12:30 p.m. at the Bay Theatre in Morro Bay, doors open at 11:30 a.m.

$10 per person. The event proceeds will be donated to the nonprofit of each filmmaker’s choice.

Of Marshes and Morros by Simo Nylander won the Central Coast Filmmakers Best Documentary Short award at the 2017 San Luis Obispo International Film Festival. It tells the story of the grassroots effort involving the local community that established our program. Through a collection of important local voices, the film describes the power and  importance of past, present, and future stewards of Morro Bay. Filmmaker is donating proceeds to the Estuary Program.

The California Condors of Big Sur by Tim Huntington and a 19-minute sneak preview of When There Once Was Water: A California Story by Brittany App will be presented alongside the winning film.



Submissions due April 30, by email. Contest details at MBNEP.ORG/poetry2017. Winners and judges give a celebratory reading at Coalesce Bookstore on Friday, May 19 at 7 p.m.



Saturday, May 20,

11 a.m.–2 p.m. at City Park, Morro Bay

Bring your dog and enjoy fun demonstrations, play games, and see how you and your furry friends can help keep our waters clean.



Past Contest Winners


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

Winners of the 2016 Poetry Contest, A National Treasure in Words, are featured on the blog.


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.