This general information about the events will help you decide which ones to register for and how best to spend your time at the Festival.
Status of Events (open and closed): Link Here
FIELD TRIP KEY:
Easy = under 1 mile, usually level ground
Moderate = 1 to 3 miles, moderately level ground
Strenuous = 3 miles or more, difficult terrain, thick sand, many steps, steep
CODES ON THE SCHEDULE:
Type of Event: F/Field, P/Presentation
Meeting Place: BU/Buellton, CC/Community Center, CP/Cloisters Park, CLAZ/Cloisters Azure St, IMB/Inn at Morro Bay, MU/Museum of Natural History, MBL/Morro Bay Landing, OF/Oso Flaco, SBCC/South Bay Community Center, SM/Santa Maria, SPM/State Park Marina, SST/Sub-Seas Tours, VH/Veterans’ Hall, V/Virg's Landing
Level of Difficulty: B/Beginner, Y/Youth Encouraged, W/Wheelchair Accessible
$: Fees for vans or boats, or field trips.
Field trips go, rain or shine! Ocean trips may be cancelled at discretion of Coast Guard or ship's captain. Other trips may be cancelled at discretion of leader. Alternatives are in place if trips are cancelled.
DEPARTURES & TRAVEL:
Field trips depart from Morro Bay Community Center, 1001 Kennedy Way, Morro Bay, or as designated in brochure, at times listed. Family Day events begin at the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History: see the webpage for details. Trip lengths are approximate and include travel time back to the Community Center. No private vehicles are allowed on van trips! Efforts are made to rotate seating at each stop.
GEAR & FOOD:
Be prepared for rain and chilly weather. Dress in layers. Bring binoculars, scopes, and other essentials. Poison oak is a possibility on walking field trips.
Dress warmly and bring rain gear. No ice chests or scopes permitted. If prone to motion sickness, take appropriate measures beforehand.
If a trip runs through mealtime, bring lunch or snacks. Box lunches must be ordered with advance registration, and you are responsible for picking them up at the Morro Bay Community Center between 6 a.m. and noon.
We will have water available to fill your own reusable bottles.
FIELD TRIP ETIQUETTE:
To make your excursion pleasant for all, please observe the following:
-- Turn off cell phones.
-- Speak quietly and avoid loud noises.
-- Avoid wearing nylon and other "rustling" fabrics.
-- Stay behind leader so leader can spot and identify birds.
-- Once you have seen the bird, give others a chance.
-- Refrain from using scented lotions or perfumes.
-- And please, no dogs.
FREE TIME BETWEEN EVENTS? Take one of the Self-Guided Nature Adventures described on this website (map of locations is also available at the Community Center).