California Good Migrations: Elephant Seals, Whales & Birds

Witness some of nature’s most inspiring scenes as you learn about migrating monarch butterflies, elephant seals in San Simeon and birds and whales along California’s Central Coast.
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Program No. 1575260MEADV-1019
6 days
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At a Glance

Three to four weeks each year, migrating elephant seals, birds, whales and butterflies converge on California’s scenic Central Coast during their annual pilgrimage. Breathtaking field trips and engaging lectures introduce you to these hardy voyagers, preparing you to observe gray whales, visit bird-viewing sites and study the Morro Bay Estuary at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles over uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Become entranced by the gargles, grunts, squeals and trumpeting of the Elephant Seals as you observe them with our mammals expert.
  • View hundreds of monarchs at the “Butterfly Trees” of Pismo Beach.
  • Board a ship to search for gray whales at sea and explore a vineyard for a taste of the coast’s fine wines.

General Notes

Whale watch and wildlife sightings subject to weather.
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Chris Cameron
Chris is the Executive Director of Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria, California. A naturalist at heart, Chris is a regular workshop leader for the Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education (AEOE). As a consultant, Chris helped establish the California Regional Environmental Education Community (CREEC) Network. This state-wide communication network provides teachers with resources needed to increase the environmental literacy of California students. He has a passion for mentoring staff and is dedicated to developing in students a love for inquiry and nature.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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