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Walks in the Elfin Forest

Third Saturday Walks

October 7, 8:30 a.m. – Pre-Big Sit Bird Inventory
(Note earlier time)

Jim Royer will lead us on a bird inventory walk in preparation for the Big Sit! on Sunday, October 8. This international event hosted by Birdwatcher’s Digest ( asks participating groups of birders to identify all species of birds seen or heard in one day. Our Big Sit! takes place at Bush Lupine Point. Join Jim on Saturday in finding and identifying 60 or more species of birds throughout the Elfin Forest and in the Morro Bay estuary. Regardless of your birding experience, you’ll come away knowing more about birds, their calls, their habits and habitats.

October 21, 9:30 a.m. – Exploring the Elfin Forest Through a New Lens

Join Professor Anne Marie Bergen and her Cal Poly Future Teachers on a trek through the Elfin Forest. Explore using your senses and various lenses to “see” the Elfin Forest. Visit learning stations along the boardwalk that will help you explore the mosaic of living and non-living things above the estuary. Tap into your curiosity, learn with us!

November 18, 9:30 a.m. – Geology Walk

Take a journey through time with Jeff Grover, Cuesta College Geology instructor. Jeff will focus on the geologic history of the Morro Bay area from the formation of the ancient Morros, (the Seven Sisters), to the recent development of the dunes that form the Elfin Forest. He may even give us a glimpse of what the Elfin Forest and Morro Bay will be like in the geologic future. Of course, he will describe our local earthquake faults and talk a little about earthquakes in general. Jeff brings rock samples and draws diagrams of local geologic action. Join us for a lively and informative walk and talk.

When and Where?

Walks in the Elfin Forest begin at times stated above at the north end (1100 block) of 15th Street off Santa Ysabel in Los Osos. Wear comfortable shoes, long sleeves and pants to avoid poison oak and mosquitoes. Park carefully, avoiding driveways and mailboxes, and leave pets at home. The easy paced walks last 1-1/2 to 2 hours. For more information call (805) 528-0392.