Outdoor Discovery Festival

ECOSLO, in partnership with San Luis Obispo County, coordinates all volunteers for Outdoor Discovery Festival.  Below is information on the festival itself, and you will see a section for signing up to volunteer  for this fun and festive day, celebrating the outdoors at Lopez Lake.


ODFOutdoor Discovery Festival is sure to have something for everyone!  See what San Luis Obispo County Parks has to offer.  If you like to hike, bike, camp, fish, bird watch, kayak, horseback ride, boat, golf, and more… this is the place to be!  There will be exhibits and demonstrations showcasing the many activities available in our County Parks as well as local sporting and eco-friendly vendors, such as ECOSLO.  Grab a bite to eat from one of many local food vendors while enjoying live music. The main event will take place at the Vista Lago Day Use Area. Some of the activities being offered are:

  • Live Music
  • Nature Boat Cruises
  • Guided Bike Tours
  • Guided Hikes
  • Kids DEER Program Challenge
  • Outdoor Recreation Expo


Experience what it’s like to mountain bike along the shoreline of Lopez Lake. This is a great family activity. Easy to moderate, Approximate tour time is 45 minutes. Limited to 15 participants.

12:00pm – 12:45pm
1:00pm – 1:45pm
2:00pm – 2:45pm
3:00pm – 3:45pm
4:00pm – 4:45pm

$6 Adults and $3 Kids (12 & under)
Enjoy a relaxing tour while learning the history of Lopez Lake Recreation Area and its natural surroundings. Boat tour approximately 45 minutes. Limited to 18 participants.11:30am – 12:15pm
12:30pm – 1:15pm
1:30pm – 2:15pm
2:30pm – 3:15pm
3:30pm – 4:15pm
This ranger lead hike will take you along the Vista Lago shoreline and Cougar Trail. Learn about the different plants and animals that inhabit the region. This is a great hike for beginners and families. Approximate tour time is 45 minutes. Limited to 20 participants.12:30pm – 1:30pm
1:30pm – 2:30pm
2:30pm – 3:30pm
3:30pm – 4:30pm

DEER CHALLENGE Discovering the Environment through Education and Recreation (DEER) Program is designed to forge connections between nature and the youth of our community by promoting and facilitating environmental education and outdoor recreation.  Participants will choose from 20+ activities that are sponsored by our exhibitors.  Once the participant has completed the activities they will earn a prize!  Over 150 kids participated in last year’s Outdoor Discovery Festival DEER Challenge!

ENTERTAINMENT – Grab some food, pull up a chair and relax with some live music provided

VOLUNTEERS – Please sign up to volunteer online at: http://bit.ly/odf-volunteer.  Volunteers receive a FREE t-shirt and a FREE parking pass.   Why not volutneer for one 2-3 hours shift, save on parking, and enjoy the festival before or after your shift!  If you have any questions on volunteering, you can also contact ECOSLO at programs@ecoslo.org or by phone at 805.544.1777.

VENDORS / EXHIBITORS – If you are interested in participating as a vendor or exhibitor you will need to complete a Vendor/Exhibitor Application.  If you have any questions about the event or your participation in the expo area please contact Lopez Lake at 805.788.2381.

SPONSORS – If you are interested in being a sponsor please complete a Sponsorship Application. If you have any questions about the event or your sponsorship please contact Lopez Lake at 805.788.2381.