Join us January through May, 2020 for our triennial State of the Bay event series. This year, we’re hosting science talks, naturalist-led hikes, a beach cleanup, and even a trivia night!


February 8, 2020 Low-tide King Tides Cleanup at Target Rock in Morro Bay. 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In partnership with ECOSLO. RSVP on Facebook.

Download a PDF of the State of the Bay flyer here.


Morro Bay Science Explorations with the Estuary Program

  • March 5, 2020: Water Quality, Sedimentation, and Climate Change

  • May 7, 2020: Creek and watershed health, improving water quality through land management and conservation


Creeks to Coast Cleanup on September 21, International Coastal Cleanup Day

Morro Bay Science Explorations with the Estuary Program 2019 Season

  • Native Shellfish and Aquaculture in Morro Bay.
  • Wildlife Conservation and Restoration in Our Creeks.
  • Steelhead and Sacramento pikeminnow.


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.