Want to do your part for the estuary?
Are you interested in helping protect and restore the Morro Bay estuary? Find out below about the highly successful Volunteer Monitoring Program, as well as community volunteer opportunities from both the Estuary Program and from out partners working to improve the health of this incredible resource.
Volunteer Monitoring Program
The Volunteer Monitoring Program has partnered with local residents for over 10 years to monitor the health of the estuary. Citizens monitor water quality in the bay and creeks, track indicator species, survey shorebird populations and more to help increase understanding of the estuary and guide efforts to protect it. The VMP serves the dual mission of collecting critical data about the health of the watershed and bay, while educating and empowering hundreds of watershed citizens to play a part in understanding and protecting the estuary and watershed.
Community Volunteer Efforts
Interested in beach cleanups, community restoration opportunities, and volunteer efforts that involve reaching out to the community? Contact the Estuary Program at 772-3834 or email for information.
Other Volunteer Opportunities
With Partner Organizations
SWAP First Saturday Work Parties at the Elfin Forest
Small Wilderness Area Preservation First Saturday Work Parties are generally held at 9 a.m. to noon on the first Saturday of each month. Dress for wind, fog, or sun. Layers work well. Long pants and long shirt sleeves are good. Sturdy shoes are a must. Meet at the north end of 15th Street at the Elfin Forest entrance. Take care not to park in front of driveways or mailboxes. Call 528-0392 for information.
Morro Coast Audubon
Help our local Audubon chapter. Help with the Christmas Bird Count, staff the Winter Bird Festival, work on conservation issues, assist with docent programs or choose from a variety of other opportunities by calling 772-1991.
Morro Bay Eco-Rotary
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Eco-Rotary commist to reuse - reduce - recycle programs as individuals and as an organization. Members help environmental efforts in a number of ways. For more information, call 748-9615 or EcoRotaryMB@gmail.com
Above, volunteers help restore a portion of Walters Creek