Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Morro Bay National Estuary Program offices are currently closed to the public. The Morro Bay Estuary Nature Center is now open with social distancing and the use of masks required. The Nature Center is free to visit and open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 601 Embarcadero. Our staff are still conducting monitoring, research, restoration, and education work to protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary. We look forward to seeing you again when it is safe for our office to reopen. In the meantime, please subscribe to our blog for updates on our work or send us a message through our Contact page.
Morro Bay National Estuary Program

Morro Bay National Estuary Program

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Protecting and restoring the Morro Bay Estuary

“Morro Bay is a national treasure, providing habitat for an incredible diversity of species. It is also our home and the core of our community. The Morro Bay National Estuary Program continuously leads and organizes the efforts of our residents to protect the bay for all the species that use it, including the local citizens. Because of these efforts, the bay is accessible, cleaner, healthier, and more protected.”

Ethan Bell, Ecologist

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The Morro Bay National Estuary Program works to protect and restore Morro Bay and its watershed by conducting monitoring and research to track the health of the estuary, repairing natural habitats to protect water quality and wildlife, and educating residents and visitors on how to be good stewards of the bay.

Picking up after your pet helps keep our waters clean and protects people and wildlife from harmful bacteria.

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