The mission of the Natural San Luis Docent Program is “to foster and encourage awareness of the natural heritage of the City of San Luis Obispo region, to share knowledge of the relationships among living organisms, including humans, and their environment, and to help support the activities of the City of San Luis Obispo’s Natural Resources Protection Program.”

Upcoming Events

Apr
28
Fri
9:00 am Arbor Day Tree Planting @ El Chorro Regional Park
Arbor Day Tree Planting @ El Chorro Regional Park
Apr 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Arbor Day Tree Planting @ El Chorro Regional Park | Oceano | California | United States
Join ECOSLO and SLO County Parks for a day of volunteering as we plant trees in El Chorro Regional Park in honor of Arbor Day! If you have the availability Friday morning, it will be a fun, family-friendly[...]
May
6
Sat
8:00 am ECOSLO Hike @ Stenner Springs @ Morning Glory Trailhead
ECOSLO Hike @ Stenner Springs @ Morning Glory Trailhead
May 6 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Hiking adventures with Seth! Meet Seth at the Stenner Springs Trailhead. Directions to Stenner Springs Trailhead Head west out of San Luis Obispo on Highway 1 towards Morro Bay. Slightly less than one mile outside[...]
9:00 am SLO City Ranger Workday @ Irish ... @ Irish Hills @ Home-depot parking lot
SLO City Ranger Workday @ Irish ... @ Irish Hills @ Home-depot parking lot
May 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Volunteers assist City of SLO Rangers twice per month on specific sections of the open space in need of maintenance. All workdays run from 9am to 12pm. Rain cancels. Meet at the Trailhead listed. Bring[...]
May
14
Sun
1:00 pm SLO City Ranger Led Hike @ Bowden Ranch
SLO City Ranger Led Hike @ Bowden Ranch
May 14 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Ranger led hikes are a great way to learn more about the open spaces you enjoy.  Rangers cover topics from flora and fauna to local history of open spaces.  These hikes are also a great way[...]
May
20
Sat
9:00 am ECOSLO Hike @ Cerro San Luis @ L... @ Lemon Grove Loop at Cerro San Luis
ECOSLO Hike @ Cerro San Luis @ L... @ Lemon Grove Loop at Cerro San Luis
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Meet Chris at the Cerro San Luis Trailhead for a hiking adventure on the Lemon Grove Loop. End times are approximate. PLEASE NOTE: • Rain cancels hikes. Go to http://bit.ly/SLOhike for info on trail closures. •[...]
9:00 am SLO City Ranger Workday @ Bowden... @ Bowden Ranch @Lizzie St
SLO City Ranger Workday @ Bowden... @ Bowden Ranch @Lizzie St
May 20 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Volunteers assist City of SLO Rangers twice per month on specific sections of the open space in need of maintenance. All workdays run from 9am to 12pm. Rain cancels. Meet at the Trailhead listed. Bring[...]
Jun
3
Sat
9:00 am National Trails Day at Lopez Lake @ Lopez Lake
National Trails Day at Lopez Lake @ Lopez Lake
Jun 3 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
National Trails Day at Lopez Lake @ Lopez Lake | Arroyo Grande | California | United States
Join ECOSLO and SLO County Parks as we take care of our precious parks in honor of National Trails Day. We will be working with CCCMB volunteers as well as local park rangers to restore[...]
Jun
10
Sat
9:00 am ECOSLO Hike at Irish Hills (Mado... @ Irish Hills
ECOSLO Hike at Irish Hills (Mado... @ Irish Hills
Jun 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Meet Dale at the Madonna Trailhead. End time is approximate. 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[...]
Jun
17
Sat
9:00 am ECOSLO hike at Reservoir Canyon @ Reservoir Canyon
ECOSLO hike at Reservoir Canyon @ Reservoir Canyon
Jun 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
ECOSLO hike at Reservoir Canyon @ Reservoir Canyon | San Luis Obispo | California | United States
Join Evan for a hike at Reservoir Canyon. Hikes typically last 2-3 hours, dependent on pace of the group. RESERVOIR CANYON Directions: Take Highway 101 North from San Luis Obispo. About a mile past city[...]
Jun
24
Sat
9:00 am ECOSLO Hike @ Bishop Peak (Patri... @ Bishop Peak
ECOSLO Hike @ Bishop Peak (Patri... @ Bishop Peak
Jun 24 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
ECOSLO Hike @ Bishop Peak (Patricia St. Trailhead) @ Bishop Peak | San Luis Obispo | California | United States
BISHOP PEAK @ PATRICIA directions: To reach the trailhead, take Foothill Blvd west and make a right turn at Patricia Drive. Continue north on Patricia Drive. Trailhead is on the left just past Patricia Court.[...]

December SLO Stewards hike with Seth: Laguna Lake

The morning started off a little bit chilly, but as the group progressed under the nice crisp blue skies we warmed up!  It was a good group of six participants, a couple of who had never been to Laguna Lake before.  Seth, the lead volutneer SLO Stewards docent for this hike, always finds it fun to show participants new spots and share information about the surrounding area. The group was rewarded with sweeping views of the morro’s and surrounding valleys as well as listening to the birds chirp away – there was even a few wildflowers still... read more

August Hike with Jan, Felsman Loop

I was joined by four hikers at 7:00 am on a foggy Saturday morning. Two were locals and two were from the Bay Area.  All were enthusiastic hikers.  We set off for the the Felsman Loop.  It’s a trail with moderate elevation gains and a distance of about 2.7 miles.  Lucky for us we had a botanist who was also well-versed in critters, too.  We had a nice easy hike with many stops to investigate some very large beetles and pill bugs that were leaving interesting tracks on the trail.  Ants were busy harvesting seeds and carrying them back to the nest.  Mountain mahogany tails were putting on a display.  The highlight of the day was fishing for spiders!  We found several spider holes in the trail that had a thin layer of web at the entrance to trap unsuspecting creatures.  We stuck a grass stem down the hole and the spider grabbed it.  We all jumped and laughed at the same time! Jan... read more

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