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

Sep
19
Sat
31st Annual Coastal Cleanup Day
Sep 19 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join ECOSLO and several other organizations as we clean up the coast in San Luis Obispo County! Volunteer for one of 27 sites we clean up at every year.  Bring family, friends…co-workers and neighbors for a fun and rewarding morning! Sign up here: http://theecoslo.ivolunteer.com/ccd_2015

 

Coastal Cleanup Day 2015

Coastal Cleanup Day 2015

SLO Stewards Hike at Irish Hills @ Irish Hills at Madonna Trailhead
Sep 19 @ 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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Sep
27
Sun
SLO Stewards Hike at Cerro San Luis @ Cerro San Luis Fernandez Trailhead
Sep 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

About Cerro San Luis

Commonly called Madonna Mountain, this is one of the volcanic “Seven Sisters,” with easy to moderate hiking trails.

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Lemon Grove Loop
Difficulty: Moderate
Peak Elevation: 500 feet
Distance: Roughly 2 miles round trip
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Area: 121 acres includes
Maino Open Space

“M” Trail
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Peak Elevation: 780 feet
Distance: Roughly 2 miles round trip from the trailhead
Estimated Time: 1 hour
Area: 121 acres includes Maino Open Space

Cerro San Luis Trailhead

To access Cerro San Luis Natural Reserve trailhead turn right onto Fernandez Road just before the southbound 101 Marsh Street on-ramp.


 

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Oct
6
Tue
SLO Stewards Hike at Bishop Peak @ Felman Loop at Patricia Trailhead
Oct 6 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

 

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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Oct
10
Sat
SLO Stewards Hike at Islay Hill @ Islay Hill
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

About Islay Hill

Felsman View 2

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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Oct
17
Sat
SLO Stewards Hike at Reservoir Canyon @ Reservoir Canyon Trailhead
Oct 17 @ 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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Oct
24
Sat
SLO Stewards Hike at Johnson Ranch @ Johnson Ranch
Oct 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

About Johnson Ranch

Enjoy a 3.5 mile hike of beautiful winding trails through oak woodlands and the perennial Dry Creek. Flocks of cedar waxwings and rare black-crowned night herons might be seen nesting at the nearby Forbes Pond.

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Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 320 feet
Distance: 3.5 miles round trip
Estimated Time: 1 hours 15 minutes
Area: 242 acres

Johnson Ranch Trailhead

The trailhead is located at the turn out to the intersection of South Higuera Street and Ontario Road.

Oct
29
Thu
SLO Stewards Hike at Stenner Springs @ Stenner Springs
Oct 29 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

About Stenner Springs Open Space

Parts or all of the trails (Botanical, Shooters, Morning Glory, Eucalyptus, and Elevator) pass through the Stenner Springs Natural Reserve. The trails may also go through Los Padres National Forest and Cal Poly University property.

Directions to Stenner Springs Trailhead

Head west out of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1 towards Morro Bay. Slightly less than one mile outside of town, turn right onto Stenner Creek Road. Follow Stenner Creek
Road for about 2.5 miles to the end.


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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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