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Welcome to the Los Osos Elfin Forest

The El Moro Elfin Forest in Los Osos, adjacent to the Morro Bay estuary, is a 90-acre natural area belonging to San Luis Obispo County Parks and California State Parks.  Its plant communities include coastal brackish marsh, riparian woodland fringe, pygmy oak woodland, maritime chaparral, coastal dune scrub, and oak and manzanita complex.  The Elfin Forest supports more than 200 species of plants, as well as 110 kinds of birds, 22 species of mammals and 13 species of reptiles and amphibians.  It is home to rare plants, butterflies, snails and birds.  Chumash middens occur throughout the park.

A four fifth of a mile boardwalk loop, constructed in 1999, provides wheelchair access, and protects the Forest's sensitive habitat.  The Los Osos / Morro Bay Chapter of Small Wilderness Area Preservation (SWAP), after being the prime mover in securing the lands, "adopted" the Forest in 1994.

Beginning the first of 2020 the Chapter changed its name to Friends of El Moro Elfin Forest (FEMEF)

Our mission: to preserve and maintain the El Moro Elfin Forest Natural Area; to inform and educate about the natural history of the Elfin Forest and the Morro Bay Estuary; and to promote and support scientific research in the Forest.

  State regulations restrict visits to individuals
or small family groups.
  Physical distancing and face masks are required.
  GUIDED tours are limited to no more than 6 people.
  3rd Saturday nature walks are canceled until further
  Our First Friday Work Parties are on hold at present.
Volunteers can contact us at volunteer@elfin-forest.org

NEWSLETTER  Read the current copy of Oakleaves.

What's Coming Up  in the Elfin Forest-"Recent reports" of animals and plants.

Contact Us  questions, comments, or suggestions?

annual celebration  FEMEF 2020 Virtual Meeting.