A Family Exploration: Discover Sea, Forest and Dunes of the Central Coast
Discover California’s Central Coast with your family, exploring coastal ecosystems, kayaking with otters and joining naturalists to learn the region’s “wild” story.
Program No. 20971RJ
5 days
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At a Glance

Examine tide pools, explore a coastal forest and kayak among otters as you enjoy the pleasures of childhood with your family on a fun-filled adventure on California's Central Coast. With a naturalist leading the way, share hands-on educational opportunities like touching sea stars, limpets, chitons and hermit crabs in their natural habitats, hunting for animal signs in the forest and playing games among the trees.
Activity Level
Outdoor: No Sweat
Hiking, walking up to two miles over mixed trails and paths, some rocky terrain. Kayak in stable ocean kayaks for up to two hours with frequent stops on calm, protected bay; no open ocean. Basic instruction provided. No experience necessary.
Family Programs
Family Programs
Share your love of learning with your family. These programs are designed for any combination of generations: grandparents, aunts, uncles, parents and children.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Watch from a kayak as harbor seals, otters and birds feed in the rich estuary waters of Morro Bay.
  • Search for the molted fur of an elephant seal along a secluded beach as you watch these incredible animals wrestle in the waves.
  • Meet rehabilitated birds of prey and learn how falconry is used today from a local naturalist.

General Notes

For a comparable intergenerational adventure for just grandparents and grandchildren, check out program #19582!
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Bruce Brown
Bruce Brown is a native Californian and received a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource management from Cal Poly State University and has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy. He taught outdoor education for nine years both locally and in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of northern California, and opened a children’s summer camp in his local area with the current camp director. At present, he is a licensed marriage and family counselor in Arroyo Grande and owns a small commercial orchid nursery. Bruce has traveled extensively and eight years ago, he and his wife took an around-the-world tour. Bruce is a mountain climber, having climbed Kilimanjaro in Africa and to the base camp of Mt. Everest. He is also an avid fisherman, enjoying both fresh and salt water fishing.
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