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The Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) is a local non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and enhancing the natural environment through community-based action, advocacy, and education.

ECOSLO creates and supports resilient, healthy natural systems and life styles in San Luis Obispo County. We are committed to a sustainable future while working to improve the quality of life and economic vitality in our communities.

Through education, advocacy, and community building, ECOSLO acts to protect the natural environment and environmental health of the Central Coast. We support renewable energy, energy conservation and efficiency, sustainable agriculture, green building and the local economy to promote sustainable economic development, protection of agricultural lands and open space, social equity, environmental justice and protection of our natural environment.

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Programs and Events

Upcoming Events

Feb
13
Sat
SLO Stewards Hike at Reservoir Canyon @ Reservoir Canyon Trailhead
Feb 13 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Adventures with Seth

Meet Seth at the Reservoir Canyon Trailhead. End times are approximate.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Rain cancels hikes. Go to http://bit.ly/SLOhike for info on trail closures.
  • Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water & a snack.
  • Hike length in approximate and varies with group.

Directions to Reservoir Canyon Trailhead

Take Highway 101 north. Go past the City limits one mile and turn right onto Reservoir Canyon Road (second road past City Limits). Reservoir Canyon Road ends at the trailhead.

About Reservoir Canyon

This trail leads through a forest and past a waterfall. The trail starts easy, and gets more strenuous towards the top.

Trail Info

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Elevation: 400-1,715 feet
Distance: 6.4 miles round trip
Estimated Time: 2.5- 3 hours
Area: 487 acres


Learn more about the SLO Stewards Program

 

Feb
20
Sat
Trail Workday: Islay Hill @ Sweet Bay
Feb 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Volunteers are essential to the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of our trails. In partnership with SLO Stewards, frequent Trail Workdays are held in the City’s Open Space.

For more information call 781-7302.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Rain cancels trailwork. Go to http://bit.ly/SLOhike for info on trail closures.
  • Tools are provided, along with water and snacks.
  • Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

More info at City of SLO website: http://www.slocity.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/112/1416?curm=2&cury=2016

Feb
21
Sun
Ranger-Led Hike: Stenner Springs
Feb 21 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join a City Ranger for hikes at beautiful, local open spaces, and learn about geology, vegetation and wildlife. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Hike duration varies with group. For more information or to schedule a group hike, call 781-7302.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Rain cancels hikes. Go to http://bit.ly/SLOhike for info on trail closures.
  • Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water & a snack.
  • Hike length in approximate and varies with group.

More info at City of SLO website:  http://www.slocity.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/102/18?npage=2&selcat=101

Feb
25
Thu
SLO Stewards Hike at Bowden Ranch @ Lizzie Street Trailhed
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Slow in SLO with Jan

Meet Jan up Lizzie St, then bear left. Park on the street near the trailhead. End times are approximate.

About the Trail

It is a steep hike up the ridge over Johnson Avenue, where you can see amazing views all the way from Cayucos to the Nipomo Dunes. Connects to the Reservoir Canyon trail after 3 miles.

Trail Info:
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation: 1,520 ft (1,120 ft elevation gain)
Distance: 0.9 miles
Estimated Time: 1.5 hours round trip
Area: 207 acres

Directions

Bowden Ranch Trailhead: Going south on Johnson Avenue, turn Left onto Lizzie Street (across from French Hospital). Follow Lizzie Street up until it dead ends in a cul-de-sac. Trailhead is to the right, near sign.


Learn more about the SLO Stewards Program

Mar
5
Sat
Trail Workday: Johnson Ranch @ Johnson Ranch
Mar 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

In partnership with SLO Stewards, frequent Trail Workdays are held in the City’s Open Space. Tools are provided, along with water and snacks. Meet at the trailhead at 9am. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes. For more information or to schedule a group hike, call 781-7302.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Rain cancels trailwork. Go to http://bit.ly/SLOhike for info on trail closures.
  • Tools are provided, along with water and snacks.
  • Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

More info at City of SLO website: http://www.slocity.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/1107/1416?curm=3&cury=2016

Mar
6
Sun
SLO Stewards Hike at Bishop Peak @ Bishop Peak, Patricia Trailhead, San Luis Obispo
Mar 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Adventures with Seth

Meet SLO Stewards docent Seth at the trailhead. Please park on Bishop Peak side of the street (not residential side). End time is approximate.

Trailhead Directions

Heading west on Foothill Boulevard, turn right onto Patricia Drive. Follow Patricia Drive and just after Patricia Court is the trailhead on the left. Again, please park on Bishop Peak side of the street (not residential side). End time is approximate.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Rain cancels hikes. Go to http://bit.ly/SLOhike for info on trail closures.
  • Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water & a snack.
  • Hike length in approximate and varies with group.

About Bishop Peak

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Bishop Peak is the tallest of the Seven Sisters, at 1559 ft, and offers 360 degree views of San Luis Obispo.

Trail Info:

Bishop Peak
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation: 1,546 feet
Distance: 4 miles round trip
Estimated Time: 2 hours

Felsman Loop
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 875 feet
Distance: 2.5 miles round trip
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Total Area: 360 acres


Learn more about the SLO Stewards Program

Ranger-Led Hike: Bishop Peak @ Bishop Peak @ Patricia, San Luis Obispo, California 93401
Mar 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Join a City Ranger for hikes at beautiful, local open spaces, and learn about geology, vegetation and wildlife. Please wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water. Hike duration varies with group. For more information or to schedule a group hike, call 781-7302.

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Rain cancels hikes. Go to http://bit.ly/SLOhike for info on trail closures.
  • Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water & a snack.
  • Hike length in approximate and varies with group.

More info at City of SLO website: http://www.slocity.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/108/1416?curm=3&cury=2016

Mar
13
Sun
SLO Stewards Hike at South Hills @ South Hills @ Woodbridge Trailhead
Mar 13 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Slow in SLO with Jan

Meet Jan and park on Woodbridge near trail sign. End times are approximate.

Trailhead Directions

Woodbridge Trailhead: Take South Street east and turn right onto Exposition Drive. Go straight and the road turns into Woodbridge Street. The trailhead is on the right..

PLEASE NOTE:

  • Rain cancels hikes. Go to http://bit.ly/SLOhike for info on trail closures.
  • Please wear sturdy shoes and bring water & a snack.
  • Hike length in approximate and varies with group.

About South Hills

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Grassy paths wind through wildflowers and lichen-covered rocks with great views of SLO and Edna Valley.

Trails Info:

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Elevation: 180-580 feet
Distance: Approx. 2 miles round trip
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Area: 131 acres


Learn more about the SLO Stewards Program

 

Some of Our Programs

 

Tsunami Clean Up

An estimated 25 million tons of debris dumped into the ocean during the 2011 tsunami, with as much as 5 million tons of the more buoyant items washed out to sea. This debris has been washing ashore on the west coast since spring of 2013. As part of a program of the California Coastal Commission, ECOSLO hosts regular cleanup events to remove marine debris from the coastline and collect data on debris from the tsunami.

E-Waste Program

In one of our newest programs, we distribute E-Waste collection containers throughout the county to intercept harmful e-waste before it reaches our landfills.

Community Service Program

As the managers of the local Community Service Worker Program, ECOSLO sends volunteers to many non-profit agencies in the county, including Food Bank, ECHO, and Prado Day Center.

Coastal Cleanup

ECOSLO manages the Coastal Cleanup effort for SLO County, with over 1100 volunteers and nearly 2 tons of trash and recyclables removed from area beaches in 2014.

SLO Stewards Program

SLO City Natural Resources contracts with ECOSLO to manage and grow the SLO Stewards program. We reinvigorated the popular SLO Docents program in the last year, training docents to lead hikes on SLO’s most popular hiking trails and encouraging more public involvement.

In the News

Draw the Line Between SLO and fossil fuels

The UN Climate Summit has been taking place this year in Paris, starting on November 30, 2015 and ending on December 11th.  On December 12, 2015, San Luis Obispo 350, as part of a worldwide effort to send a unified message: there are some things that we as environmental activists can not and will not compromise.  These are our climate RED LINES.  We demand that it is time to keep 80% of fossil fuels in the ground and ensure a just transition to 100% renewable energy by 2050.  In other words, it is time to “Turn Off” our dependence on dirty, dangerous energy like coal, oil and gas and “Turn On” to renewable energy, like rooftop solar, wind farms and energy conservation. Join the SLO community as we join together to draw the line between this beautiful place and fossil fuels.  We join to demand a better agreement than what we got in Paris and to demand an end to fossil fuel infrastructure like the oil train here in San Luis Obispo. Bring your signs and your commitment. Saturday, December 12, 11:00 AM Osos/Jennifer St Bridge at the SLO Train Station San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 Signup to attend via... read more

Morro Bay City Council to deliberate the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary

On September 22nd, the Morro Bay City Council will deliberate on whether to support or oppose the nomination of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.  As a member of San Luis Obispo County, we urge you to attend this meeting and support the sanctuary. Meeting location details: Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m. Veterans Memorial Hall, 209 Surf Street, Morro Bay, CA At this meeting you will have a chance to speak when the council prepares to discuss the agenda item on the sanctuary. (Note: Not during the general public comment period for items not on the agenda, which occurs at the beginning of the meeting.)  You will have 3 minutes to speak. Here are topic points you should share with Councilmembers: I support the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary nomination Share you simple message of support.  Ideas you can include in your message: It is time for permanent protection for our coast Oil is not good for fishing We want “Big Blue Live” in our part of the ocean (see http://www.pbs.org/big-blue-live/social-hub/) Sanctuaries are good for our coastal economy Support the nomination and give our communities a chance to have this discussion There will be Sanctuary opponents at the meeting.  If you want to use your time to respond to one or two of those arguments, the best source is the September issue of the Santa Lucian, newsletter of the Santa Lucia Chapter of the Sierra Club.  (See “Sanctuary’s Foes,” page 2.) Remarks delivered in person are always more powerful and carry the most weight with the council.  But if you can’t make it to the meeting, please send an email to: cjohnson@morro-bay.ca.us, jheadding@morro-bay.ca.us, nsmukler@morro-bay.ca.us, jirons@morro-bay.ca.us Identify... read more

Upcoming NRC meeting – August 5th, 2015

The NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) will be in San Luis Obispo on Wednesday, August 5th and will hear Public Comment on environmental review issues for license renewal at Diablo Canyon Power Plant, Units 1 and 2.  This will take place at the Courtyard Marriott in San Luis Obispo, at 1605 Calle Joaquin Rd. 1:30-430pm, 7:00-10:00 pm. As shared on the NRC website, both sessions will be preceded by a one-hour open house.  You may pre-register to present oral comments by contacting Michael Wentzel, at 800-368-5642, ext. 6459, or by e-mail at michael.wentzel@nrc.gov by this Friday, July 31, 2015.  You may also register to speak at the meeting. Mothers for Peace has asked the community to show up in force to counter the organized groups that are proclaiming nuclear energy as clean energy.  ECOSLO plans to have two representatives there, but we need more support. Click here to watch an excellent video on the true environmental costs of Nuclear Power. For additional information, please visit: http://mothersforpeace.org/mothers-for-peace-pushes-back-against-diablo-license-renewal... read more

Coastal Dunes Dust Rule 1001

At the November 16, 2011 meeting, the APCD Board approved the Coastal Dunes Dust Control Rule 1001 to require implementation of dust control measures on coastal dunes where vehicle activity occurs. The rule, staff report, presentation and implementation milestones can be viewed at the SLO Clean Air website.... read more

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