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 Welcome and Orientation at Edna Valley Vineyard. From there we will dine at one of San Luis Obispo’s popular downtown restaurants. To wrap up our day we’ll stroll through San Luis Obispo’s world-famous Farmer’s Market to enjoy dazzling desserts and shop its quaint stores and boutiques.
Today we will be in Morro Bay to help preserve the habitat of the threatened Snowy Plover. After volunteering, we’ll enjoy lunch at the historic seaside town of San Simeon and then take a tour of the extraordinary Hearst Castle. From there we will head north on world famous Highway One to visit one of the largest colonies of elephant seals in America. We’ll also stop at Hearst Ranch Winery to savor a variety of their award-winning wines.
This morning we’ll kayak to the rarely visited Morro sand spit. The dunes are beautiful and the beach is spectacular! After exploring the spit we will head head back to the marina to provide a number of optional hikes along the Montana de Oro bluffs and wineries for you to visit before heading home. (On the Sept. 25 outing, we will spend the afternoon enjoying the food and wine at Savor the Central Coast.) To conclude the event, we will gather for a Farewell Ceremony to reflect on this extraordinary volunteer vacation and say our final farewell.
Discounted tickets to wine events and Savor the Central Coast are sold separately. Sign up for our newsletter for additional discounts and updates on upcoming voluntours.
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 coast by collecting seeds of endangered flora, replacing invasive vegetation with native plants, and caring for the gorgeous gardens at Hearst Castle.
Relaxation and play is part of the itinerary: Explore remote beaches, 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 experience the exquisite aromas and flavors of wines on the Central Coast. Have the best voluntour ever! Bring your loved one and support our student volunteers!
Volunteers will gather at the dunes around Morro Rock to help restore the habitat of the threatened Snowy Plover. The focus of this volunteer project is to remove nonnative grasses that have overtaken the dunes habitat and significantly reduced the number of the Plovers’ nesting sites. We will also be 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.
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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An additional $75/person is requested for tickets to the Main Event at Savor the Central Coast on September 27.
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Note: Proceeds from this event are used to benefit our low-income student volunteers.
Note:A supplement of $99 will be added for single occupancy.
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