The Estuary Program is working on offering our State of the Bay events digitally. Please stay tuned and check this page each week for updates.

Our poetry contest accepts digital entries and is going strong. Details below!

Stuck at home? Unearth or entertain your inner poet and enter our free, annual Morro Bay Estuary Poetry Contest!

We are accepting entries now through March 31. Open to youth ages 8-17 and adults age 18 and up. Complete contest details at

Winners receive a prize and get to participate in a poetry reading with the contest judges on May 8theither virtually or in person aCoalesce Bookstore. (We’ll keep you in the loop!)  

We are looking for:

1. Haiku poems written about the Morro Bay estuary and watershed

2. Free verse poems that focus on a topic from the Estuary Program’s 2020 State of the Bay report.

Please read all the details and rules at before entering.


State of the Bay Events Poster

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


Morro Bay Science Explorations with the Estuary Program

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

Depending on recommendations from the CDC and other government entities, we will either host this event in person or broadcast it online.



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.