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Upcoming Events

International Coastal Cleanup Day on the Sandspit 

Saturday, 9/16/2017, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Join the largest beach cleanup in the world and help keep Morro Bay clean for people and wildlife. Free boat ride to the cleanup site on the Morro Bay sandspit will be provided. Signups are required.

Find details and signup sheet here.


Estuary Program Speaker Series

Eelgrass and the Estuary

Thursday, 10/12/2017, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion

The first in this science talk series hosted by the Estuary Program will focus on eelgrass in the bay. Speakers include Estuary Program staff, Dr. Jenn Yost of California Polytechnic State University’s Biological Sciences Department, and local bird researcher and expert John Roser. 

talk on February 8  All events will take place at the SLO Botanical Garden in the Oak Glen Pavilion at 3450 Dairy Creek Road, San Luis Obispo. Events are free and open to the public.


Sea Level Rise Impacts and Management

Thursday, 2/8/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion

Dr. Karen Thorne of USGS will be speaking about the results of her study of California coast tidal marshes and projected impacts from sea level rise.


Sea Otters and Morro Bay

Thursday, 6/7/2018, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Location: SLO Botanical Garden Oak Glen Pavilion

Local experts discuss their sea otter research findings.

Past Events and Contest Winners

Pick Up the Picnic Week 2017 Results

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

During Pick Up the Picnic Week (July 1—9, 2017), the Morro Bay National Estuary Program encouraged trash pickup efforts big and small. All cleanup efforts along our shores help to keep our estuary clean and healthy. The cleanup challenge was a big success. Organizations and individual volunteers pitched in to make a difference.

Success by the numbers. 

52 volunteers spent more than 90 hours cleaning up along our beaches

They collected more than 75 pounds of trash and recycling including

  • 1037 cigarette butts and other tobacco-related products
  • 282 food wrappers, cups, utensils and other picnic-related items
  • 112 July 4th-related items including fireworks and decorations

Thanks to individual volunteers and to the following organizations, this trash made it into the can instead of polluting our waterways. Your work for the bay has made a big difference!

Participating organizations included:

Winners of the 2017 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.