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Coastal Discovery Month & Stewardship - Ocean Film Festival at Hearst Castle

750 Hearst Castle Road
Hearst Castle Theater inside Hearst Castle Visitors' Center

San Simeon, CA 93452

Phone: (805) 927-6811

What: Ocean appreciation and stewardship film screenings at Hearst Castle Theater
When: Saturdays during February
Reservation Required: No. Admission is free, but limited to Theater capacity of 400. Donations will be accepted.

The Coastal Discovery Month & Stewardship Ocean Film Festival will be held at the Hearst Castle Theater, which is an Iworks large-format theater with a five-story screen, as part of a month-long celebration in February. "The Living Sea" by MacGillivray Freeman Films will be screened each Saturday at 7pm during the month, with the goal of celebrating our national aquatic and underwater treasures that are preserved within the National Marine Sanctuary System.

In 1972, exactly 100 years after the first National Park was created, the nation made a similar commitment to preserving its marine treasures by establishing the National Marine Sanctuary System. Since then, thirteen national marine sanctuaries and one marine national monument, representing a wide variety of ocean environments, have been established. That system includes deep ocean gardens, nearshore coral reefs, whale migration corridors, deep sea canyons, and even underwater archaeological sites. On the West Coast, these sites include the Olympic Coast of Washington, Gulf of the Farallones near San Francisco, Monterey Bay, and the Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara.

The Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon is a joint venture between the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks, and has been cooperatively managed by both agencies since it opened in the summer of 2006. Located at William Randolph Hearst Memorial Beach, the center highlights the connection between land and sea through engaging exhibits and interpretation provided by trained volunteers. Free to the public and open year-round, the CDC offers visitors an exciting opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural treasures of the region, and the role sanctuaries, parks and the public play in protecting these treasures for future generations.

Stewardship Travel is about adding a bit of "doing good and feeling good" to your vacation.
This activity selection includes:

*A learning activity and/or outing
*A conservation/heritage donation opportunity through Coastal Discovery Center
(Most non-profit organizations have donation pages. For those that don't, please contact their office directly by clicking the "donation opportunity" link above. Thank you!)

Thank you for being a Stewardship Traveler in WineCoastCountry.


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