Photo from Coastal Cleanup Day 2017         


Seas to Trees Cleanup

Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Tidelands Park, Morro Bay

In partnership with ECOSLO and The Paddleboard Company, the Estuary Program is hosting a cleanup based at Tidelands Park in Morro Bay. Come to our table to pick up cleanup supplies, and then head out to pick up trash on foot or by paddleboard.

If you’d like to paddle, please bring your own board or kayak or stop by our booth to sign in before heading out to rent one on the Embarcadero. A total of four paddleboard discount coupons will be available for rentals through The Paddleboard Company. Coupons available while supplies last, first come, first served. We will be available to hand out paddleboard coupons starting at 8:30 a.m.

More info and sign up information here.


Morro Bay Estuary Poetry Contest: A Treasure in Words celebratory reading

Friday, May 18, 7 p.m., Coalesce Bookstore, Morro Bay

Hear poems from contest winners and judges in celebration of our collective love of Morro Bay!

Morro Bay Science Explorations with the Estuary Program

Thursday, June 14, 2018. Doors at 6, event starts at 6:15.
San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden’s Oak Glen Pavilion.

The third in our annual series of fun, free, science-based talks features local and regional experts discussing fish, fisheries, and related topics. Speakers to be announced.



Morro Bay Science Explorations with the Estuary Program

Thursday, 2/8/2018  |  Climate Change and Rising Seas on the Central Coast

Joanna Wu of Audubon California discussed the effects of climate change on bird populations. Estuary Program Assistant Director Ann Kitajima presented the results of Dr. Karen Thorne’s study of California coast tidal marshes and projected impacts from sea level rise. Dr. Michael R. Boswell, AICP, of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo spoke about mitigation and management of sea level rise locally and across the state.

Thursday, 10/12/2017  |  Eelgrass and the Estuary

The first in this science talk series hosted by the Estuary Program focused on eelgrass in Morro Bay. Speakers included Carolyn Geraghty, Estuary Program Restoration Projects Manager, Dr. Jenn Yost of California Polytechnic State University’s Biological Sciences Department, and local Brant goose expert John Roser.

Find the Facebook event here.

Pick Up the Picnic Week 2017 Results

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.

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:

•  Morro Bay Beautiful

•  Morro Bay in Bloom

•  Small Wilderness Area Preservation (SWAP)


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




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.