Education & Outreach

Morro Bay estuary is a national and state treasure, whose heath affects our health and the vibrancy of our community and economy. The Morro Bay National Estuary Program works to educate residents and visitors on how to keep Morro Bay clean and healthy. Public participation, combined with the best science available, is important for effectively preserving Morro Bay.

Field Trips

Estuary Program staff regularly host field trips and lectures for small groups of students, community groups, and organizations to provide hands-on ways to learn about this local treasure. (Due to staff availability, our limit for field trips is about 20 people.)

Nature Center

Thousands of tourists and residents visit the Estuary Nature Center every year where they can experience the beauty of the estuary and learn about protecting its sensitive habitats and wildlife. Admission to the Estuary Nature Center is free. Click here for directions, hours, and more information.

Targeted Education Efforts

The Estuary Program also provides educational materials for specific audiences providing practical tools to help them do their part to protect the estuary. Our State of the Bay Report, Clean Boating kit, Mutts for the Bay program, are all examples of these efforts. You can find these materials in our library.


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

Protecting and Restoring the Morro Bay Estuary.