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It’s summer. The kids are home from school, the weather is warm, and the tourists are back.  Instead of staying cooped up in front of the computer or television, get outside with a number of events that explore the beauty of San Luis Obispo’s wild landscapes.  You will learn a little about where you live while enjoying the beauty and diversity of the Central Coast!

Wilderness Explorers- Running from July 30-Aug 3, join Outside Now in Santa Rosa Park to discover some of the county’s most fascinating ecosystems!  Participants in the Wilderness Explorers will learn basics in local ecology, ethnobotany, animal tracking, and native uses of endemic flora and fauna.  The program is designed for children aged 8-12 years.  Transportation is provided from a central meeting location in SLO.  For more details on this informative and engaging camp, visit their website for fees, scheduling, and additional activities.

Anacapa Adventure-  Grab your hiking gear and make your way to the City Hall of Pismo beach on August 11 at 7am.  The trip will explore the beautiful Channel Island located 12 miles off the harbor in Oxnard.  Adults 18 and over will spend the day trekking across the East islet and observing amazing examples of marine and avian life.  The cost is $90 per person and registration ends July 27.  To reserve your space, call (805) 773-7063.

Dune Day- Enjoy the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes National Wildlife Refuge free of charge on September 29.  Wander through one of the largest coastal dune habitats remaining in California.  Bring your camera to capture glimpses of endangered species such as the Snowy Plover, a variety of marine mammals, and sea birds.

Camp Ocean Pines- Give your kids an experience they will remember for the rest of their lives at Camp Ocean Pines in Cambria!  With sessions through July 27, the accredited nature camp offers overnight stays, field trips, and a host of fun games and lessons on their beautiful campus by the sea.  Teens have the chance to take field trips with knowledgeable local guides that stop at sites across the state.  Visit their website for registration and fee information.

Trail Trekkers- Sinsheimer Park hosts the Trail Trekkers Jr. Ranger Activity Camp from August 13-17.  Kids spend the week learning about topics that span from energy conservation to back country camping techniques.  The course is $100 per participant and can be reserved through the City of San Luis Obispo website.

Surf Camps-  Sign up  for Surf Camps held at the Sandbar Surf Company in Pismo Beach!  Instructors teach both beginners and experienced riders ages six and over.  They make sure that each student is safe and having a wonderful time spending a day out on the waves.  Wetsuits and boards are provided for sessions running through the end of August.  Register through the San Luis Obispo Parks and Recreation activity website!




There are many questions in an expecting parent’s mind. ‘Boy or girl’ is usually the first. Then ‘breast feeding or formula?’ Then ‘public school or private?’ On that daunting list of decision, parents may also want to consider Outside Now Nature Academy.

Outside Now is a small private school dedicated to teaching more than just your usual reading and ‘rithmetic. It is a secondary level school that focuses on environmental issues, sustainability, the wilderness, and connection with wildlife based out of SLO. It’s a very hands-on program taught by experienced instructors who are immensely passionate about the environment. In addition to the Nature Academy, they offer a preschool program called Sandpipers, for children ages 3-5.

Some things your little duckling will learn about:

Natural systems and eco-literacy Sustainability and permaculture principles Applied and traditional mathematics Literature and creative writing History, world cultures, and current events Leadership, conflict resolution, and group process Wilderness survival skills Bird language Animal tracking Edible and medicinal plants Basic woodworking and building techniques Fine arts and native crafting Growing and cooking healthy food

Even if you don’t have children of your own, and you like what they’re doing, contributions can be made on their website or at various fundraising events, including Dare To Wear Green-Fundraising Gala and Silent Auction, Saturday, March 19th. You might even win an item from Bambu Batu!

For more information about the instructors, curriculum, goals and tuition fees, visit Outside Now online.