Caring for Our Community for Over 40 Years

 

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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.

Caring for Our Community

Programs and Events

Upcoming Events

Jul
11
Sat
SLO Stewards Hike at Bishop Peak @ Cerro San Luis
Jul 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

About Bishops 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

Trailhead

Heading west on Foothill Boulevard, turn right onto Patricia Drive. Follow Patricia Drive and just after Patricia Court is the trailhead on the left.


 

 

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Jul
12
Sun
Ranger Led Hike
Jul 12 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

​Come out and explore the area while learning about the facts and history of our open spaces. All ages and hiking paces welcome.

Meet at the end of Stenner Springs Road.

Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

For more information call the Ranger Service Desk at 781-7302.


Learn more about the The City of SLO Ranger Service

Jul
16
Thu
SLO Stewards Hike at Reservoir Canyon @ Reservoir Canyon Trailhead
Jul 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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

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.


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Jul
18
Sat
SLO Stewards Hike at Irish Hills @ Irish Hills at Prefumo Canyon Trailhead
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

About Irish Hills Open Space

There are ten miles of serene trail loops, that pass through rolling hills, along Froom Creek, and past an old mine.

Trail Info

Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Peak Elevation: 1,100 feet
Distance: 5-7 miles round trip
Estimated Time: 2-4 hours
Total Area: 941 acres

Directions to Prefumo Canyon Trailhead

From Highway 101, take Los Osos Valley Road north towards Los Osos. Turn left onto Prefumo Canyon Road. Follow this road for one mile and the trailhead will be on the left after a bridge crossing.

Directions to Madonna Road Trailhead

From Highway 101, take the Los Osos Valley Road north towards Los Osos. Turn left on Madonna Road. Follow the street to the end and find parking on the street, then walk up the dirt road to the trailhead.


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SLO Stewards Trail Work Day @ Reservoir Canyon
Jul 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

In partnership with SLO Stewards, frequent Trail Workdays are held in the City’s Open Space.

Meet at Reservoir Canyon Trailhead 

Tools will be provided, along with water and snacks. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes.

For more information call the Ranger Service Desk at 781-7302.


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Jul
25
Sat
SLO Stewards Hike at Islay Hill
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

About Islay Hill

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One mile trail with panoramic views of Edna Valley’s wineries and ranches. It is the most southern of the Seven Sister peaks and is a terrific 45-minute workout.

Trail Info

Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Elevation: 775 feet
Distance: 2 miles round trip
Estimated Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Area: 65 acres

Directions to Islay Hills Trailhead

Take Broad Street south and make a left onto Tank Farm Road. Follow this road and make a right onto Wavertree Street. Make a left onto Spanish Oaks Drive and then a quick right onto Sweetbay Lane. Trailhead is at the end of Sweetbay Lane.


 

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Tsunami Marine Debris Beach Cleanup @ Montana de Oro, Sandspit Beach
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

 

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.

We’ll meet at the Sand spit parking lot in Montana de Oro on Saturday, July 25th at 9am and clean up debris until 12noon. Please contact us if you are interested in volunteering and we will confirm with you via email. Thank you for your interest and support!

Please visit our website for more info: http://ecoslo.org/tsunami-debris-cleanup-program/

Aug
8
Sat
SLO Stewards Hike at South Hills @ South Hills @ Loop Woodbridge
Aug 8 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

About South Hills

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

Trail Info

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

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.

Bluerock Trailhead

Taking Broad Street south, turn right onto Stoneridge Road. Go through a round-about and turn left onto Bluerock Drive. Trailhead is located just behind the Stoneridge Park on the right.


 

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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.

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Your membership and donations ensure our ability to continue our current programs, expand our services in the future and support our ability to be an active advocate for the environment.

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