Morro Bay & Hearst Castle Voluntour

  • Destination: Morro Bay State Park
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Dates: Multiple tours between 02/26/2015 - 04/25/2015
  • Packages starting at: 495
Restore California’s extraordinary coastal dunes and then enjoy wine tasting on the Central Coast. Join us for this all-inclusive Voluntour!

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.

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Morro Bay & Hearst Castle State Parks

Experience the best of California’s Central Coast



Day 1
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.

Morro Bay & Hearst Castle Voluntour

Experience the best of California’s Central Coast


  • February 26-28, 2015
  • March 26-28, 2015
  • April 23-25, 2015 (Earth Day Celebration)
  • September 24-26, 2015 (Savor the Central Coast)

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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:

  • Visit San Luis Obispo’s world-famous Farmer’s Market
  • Experience exquisite dining and sample award-winning wines
  • Tour the famed Hearst Castle
  • kayak across beautiful Morro Bay
  • Explore remote beaches, and
  • Hike along gorgeous coastline to observe incredible wildlife

Have the best voluntour ever! Bring family and friends and support this important conservation effort.

Volunteer Project:

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.

Fun and Play:

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.

Please Note:

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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Morro Bay/Hearst Castle Voluntours are all-inclusive and include:

  • Two nights lodging on the beautiful Central Coast
  • Tour of Hearst Castle
  • Tickets to the IMAX Theater
  • Two delicious lunches and an exquisite dinner
  • Wine tasting fees at two award-winning wineries
  • Kayaking rental fees
  • Specially designed SLO wine bag
  • Nature Corps T-shirt
  • Nature Corps Water Bottle

Space on these VIP Voluntours are limited. Register 60 days prior to the voluntour and receive a complimentary bottle of wine. (Contact us for corporate discounts.)

Note: Proceeds from this event are used to benefit our low-income student volunteers.

Hotel Occupancy Package Price
Double $495

Note: A supplement of $125 will be added for single occupancy.