Help preserve the endangered Snowy Plovers while experiencing the best of the Central Coast. Enjoy exquisite cuisine, fine wine, and VIP tours of famous attractions while you help to restore critical coastal dunes habitat. You’ll be on the beach collecting seeds, replacing invasive vegetation with native plants, and working in the park nursery.
After volunteering you’ll have time to explore the beaches of Morro Bay, tour the famed Hearst Castle, and visit San Luis Obispo’s world-famous downtown. You will also go on nature hikes, kayak across the Bay, and enjoy the delectable wines of the Central Coast.Book Now Ask a Question
This afternoon we will gather for a Welcome and Orientation at Edna Valley Vineyard. From there we will head out to visit San Luis Obispo’s world-famous Farmer’s Market to savor the cuisines of vendors offering everything from ribs, sausage and tri-tip. To top off this culinary adventure we’ll enjoy a dazzling dessert from Doc Bernstein’s Ice Cream Lab. There will also be an opportunity to stroll along downtown’s quaint stores and boutiques.
Today we will meet in Morro Bay to help preserve the habitat of the threatened Snowy Plover. After volunteering, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch on the beach. Next we’ll go kayaking across the bay to the rarely visited Morro sand spit. The dunes are beautiful and the beach is spectacular! After exploring the spit we will head back to our hotels to relax and enjoy the hotel’s complimentary happy hour. To wrap up the day, we’ll meet in charming downtown San Luis Obispo for dinner.
This morning we’ll take a tour of the extraordinary Hearst Castle and enjoy their IMAX presentation on the castle’s history. From there we will gather at the historic seaside town of San Simeon to have lunch at Hearst Ranch Winery and savor their award-winning wines. You will also have the option of heading north on world famous Highway One to visit one of the largest colonies of elephant seals in America. To conclude the event, we will gather for a Farewell Ceremony to reflect on this extraordinary volunteer vacation and say our final farewell.
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Join us as we explore the best of California’s Central Coast. Enjoy exquisite dining, fine wines, and VIP tours of famous attractions while you help to restore our state parks. You’ll be preserving the coastal dunes by collecting seeds of endangered flora, working in the state park nursery, and replacing invasive vegetation with native plants.
Relaxation and play is part of the itinerary:
Have the best voluntour ever! Bring family and friends and support this important conservation effort.
Volunteers will gather at the dunes by Morro Rock to help restore the habitat of the threatened Snowy Plover. We will be removing nonnative grasses that have significantly reduced the Plovers’ nesting sites. Projects may also include collecting seed and propagating native flora in the park’s plant nursery.
The nonnative grasses are easy to remove and with a little help from volunteers, in less than a year’s time, the dunes will rebound and be teaming with native plants and animals.
After volunteering, there will be opportunities to go kayaking across the Bay, visit the elephant seal rookery, tour Hearst Castle, and wine tasting on the Central Coast.
In addition to the places we will visit as part of the Nature Corps voluntour, there is a lot more to see and do while you are on the Central Coast. To learn more go to Central Coast PodCoasting – All things to do, see and experience on the Central Coast of California. You can get the podcast on iTunes or go to the website.
Proceeds from your volunteer vacation tuition will be used to support our Student Volunteer program. Nature Corps is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and additional contributions in excess of the package costs are tax deductible as prescribed by law.
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Note: Proceeds from this event are used to benefit our low-income student volunteers.
Note: A supplement of $175 will be added for single occupancy.