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Hands-On Citizen Science Outing in San Simeon Cove

San Simeon State Park at WR Hearst Memorial Beach
San Simeon, CA 93452

Phone: (805) 927-6575


What: Hands-On Learning with Coastal Discovery Center
When: Weekly on Saturdays
Reservation Needed: No

Each week the Coastal Discovery Center invites visitors to participate in its Plankton Monitoring program. Visitors will help fulfill weekly monitoring requirements for the California Department of Public Health by taking measurements and samples with equipment deployed from the pier (secchi disc, plankton net, water sampler, etc.) as well as measure pH, dissolved oxygen, salinity and temperature, and collect a live plankton sample for research use. Visitors will then examine their plankton sample under a video microscope at the Center, where they will learn about ocean plankton and its role in the ecosystem, identification of plankton, and harmful algal blooms along the midcoast. Results will be sent to a state lab as part of the CDPH Marine Monitoring Program.

Citizen science fulfills a great need for resource protection of our natural coastal resources. It helps to establish scientific baselines and increases stewardship through public education and action. Visitors love learning and appreciate the opportunity to participate in real science! This program is statewide and its success depends on citizen scientists.

For more information, go to the blog post here.

Stewardship Travel Options:
*A learning activity and/or outing
*An educational center
*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 along the Highway 1 Discovery Route.

Features & Amenities

  • Beaches
  • Free Things To Do
  • Kid Friendly
  • Outdoor Activities & State Parks
  • Stewardship Donation Opportunities
  • Stewardship Travel Activities