School programs are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays by appointment only (call 805-927-2145). Lessons focus on the understanding and protection of our natural resources by visiting the Coastal Discovery Center and exploring the beach, the sandy and rocky intertidal, collecting basic oceanography data and plankton, and/or viewing marine wildlife from the San Simeon pier. Programs are led by trained docents or teachers who want to share their passion and knowledge of coastal San Simeon.
Our location 4.5 miles from a major elephant seal rookery makes it possible to combine a visit to the Coastal Discovery Center with a trip to see the elephant seals.
The History of San Simeon Bay is rich in cultural heritage, from the time the native peoples inhabited the area almost 10,000 years ago to the current ownership by the Hearst family and the CA State Park. Join us on San Simeon Pier the first weekend of each month from 11 am to 1 pm to hear about the rich history of San Simeon Bay. Please call 805-927-6575 to make reservations.
Discovery Saturdays Summer Program
Saturdays in June—Sept.
Time: 11am-12noon. Call 805-927-6575 for updated information.
Free to the public but space is limited. To reserve space, call 805-927-6575
*children must be accompanied by an adult*
1st Sat of the month - EXPLORING OLD SAN SIMEON
Join us at the Coastal Discovery Center to travel through time as we explore the diverse history and uses of San Simeon Cove. Meet at the Coastal Discovery Center at W.R Hearst State Beach across from Hearst Castle west of Hwy 1. Presentation will include a short walk to the end of San Simeon pier and back (@ 2,000 feet).
2nd Sat of the month - DIVING INTO PLANKTON
The most amazing creatures in the ocean are sometimes the smallest. Join us at the Coastal Discovery Center to collect oceanographic data from San Simeon Cove, including live plankton. You'll be astonished at the plant and animal community that live in a drop of seawater!
3rd Sat of the month - SEASTARS & OTHER TIDEPOOL FRIENDS
Learn about tidepool residents and their adaptations for survival. Beginning with an introduction about common nearshore invertebrates, attendees will be asked to get a little wet while creating their own intertidal world.
4th Sat of the month—TAKING CARE OF SICK & INJURED MARINE MAMMALS
Come find out how to identify local marine mammals, what you should do if you see a sick or injured seal, sea lion or sea otter, and what can you do to help keep our shoreside animals healthy. Attend an animated presentation given by the Marine Mammal Center, complete with fur pelts, skulls and bones.
The Coastal Discovery Fair, a popular family event with lots of activities for children of all ages, is held annually on the third Saturday of July. Attending agencies represent at least 20 of our partners in resource protection. Activities include creating and operating your own remote-controlled underwater robot, creating artwork, visiting with live animals and shaking fins with Sammy the Steelhead!
2013 Fair Flyer (188K PDF)
Discover Your Central Coast Spring Lecture Series introduces community members to their local marine environment. Experts from NOAA's Monterey bay National Marine Sanctuary and its partners will engage participants will present topics relative to the central coast. For more information, please call (805) 927-6575. Schedule will be posted to website by Jan 2013.
2013 Series Schedule
Lecture Series Flyer (291KB PDF)
|May 3rd||A Sea of Change: From Atmosphere to Zooplankton||Steve Lonhart, PhD (MBNMS)|
|May 10th||Gray Whale Behavior and Genetics||Aimee Lang
(NOAA SW Fisheries Science Center)
|May 17th||Japan Tsunami Marine Debris: Disaster Debris and Existing Problems||Sherry Lippiatt, PhD
(NOAA Marine Debris Program)
|May 24th||Steelhead Trout and Habitat Restoration on Santa Rosa Creek||David Boughton, PhD
(NOAA SW Fisheries Science Center) &
(California Conservation Corps)
|May 31st||Adventures from Down Under: Fascinating Tales of 40 Years of Diving Research||Richard Slater, PhD
(Principal of Delta Oceanographics)