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

Aug
1
Sat
SLO Stewards Hike at South Hills @ South Hills @ Loop Woodbridge
Aug 1 @ 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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Aug
14
Fri
SLO Stewards Hike at Irish Hills @ Irish Hills at Madonna Trailhead
Aug 14 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

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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Aug
22
Sat
SLO Stewards Hike at Islay Hill @ Islay Hill at Sweetbay Trailhead
Aug 22 @ 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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Aug
29
Sat
SLO Stewards Hike at Cerro San Luis @ Cerro San Luis
Aug 29 @ 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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Sep
3
Thu
SLO Stewards Hike at Cerro San Luis @ Cerro San Luis at Lemon Grove Loop
Sep 3 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am

About Cerro San Luis

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

Trails:Loggerhead_Shrike_(Lanius_ludovicianus)_in_San_Luis_Obispo
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.


 

Learn more about the SLO Stewards Program

Sep
19
Sat
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.


Learn more about the SLO Stewards Program

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.

Trails:Loggerhead_Shrike_(Lanius_ludovicianus)_in_San_Luis_Obispo
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.


 

Learn more about the SLO Stewards Program

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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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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