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!


Science Explorations: Bay Health Update

Thursday, March 5, San Luis Obispo Botanical Garden

Doors at 6:00, talks begin at 6:15 p.m.

Morro Bay National Estuary Program Science Explorations Bay Health Update March 2020

Full State of the Bay Events Poster

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


Morro Bay Estuary Poetry Contest

Open March 1 through March 30

Accepting haiku focused on the Morro Bay estuary and surrounding lands and free verse poems focused on our 2020 State of the Bay report.

Winners will participate in a celebratory poetry reading at Coalesce Bookstore in Morro Bay during early May, 2020.

Details coming Friday, February 28 at

Morro Bay Science Explorations with the Estuary Program

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


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.