Upcoming Events - May 17 ...

Come join the

Cayucos Land Conservancy Community

for a Volunteer Mixer!  

Tuesday, May 17
7-8:30 pm

Private home

Reservations required

Photo by Rocki deLlamas

Hello Cayucos Land Conservancy Supporters!

Are you looking for opportunities to work with others or to give back to our community?  The Cayucos Land Conservancy has volunteer opportunities at all levels of engagement, ranging from baking cookies to organizing speaker events to updating our website. We can match your availability and interests to our needs. 

Come and join Conservancy board members and volunteers for a mixer at a private home in Cayucos to find out more about what we do and how you can get involved. Learn about the Conservancy's mission to preserve the rural greenbelt around Cayucos and our community education campaign including walks and speaker events.

We look forward to meeting you!  Due to room size, please email us at Hello@CayucosLandConservancy.org to let us know if you will join us. 

If you cannot attend, we would still love to hear from you. You can use the email above to let us know that you'd like to help.

This is an indoor event, so please ensure that you are fully vaccinated prior to attending in order to be compliant with COVID guidance.

We hope to see you there!

CLC 2022 Walks 


Birds! Birds! Birds! with Tom Edell

Saturday, April 2 at 8:30 am

This Walk Is Filled 

 Leader:  Biologist Tom Edell has tracked San Luis Obispo County birds for over 40 years.  He is an eBird reviewer for San Luis Obispo County, serves on the board of the Bay Foundation of Morro Bay, and leads offshore boat trips for the Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival.

Description: Villa Creek is a prime location for bird watching with its proximity to a wide variety of different natural habitats to support them.  We will identify different species and learn more about their behaviors and how to identify them.  Our walk will take us through the coastal bluff to the beach and then along the beach to the Villa Creek lagoon. On our way back we will check the rocky shoreline if time permits. We will observe a wide variety of birds including waterfowl, ocean birds ( grebes and cormorants), gulls, shorebirds (Snowy Plover), sparrows and finches.  Learn about their behaviors - feeding, vocalizations, nesting and more. Trip distance will be about 1.5 miles.

Goal:  To identify coastal birds while observing their behaviors in their native habitats from the bay, rocky shores and sandy beaches to the grasslands nearer the highway. 

  • Bring binoculars.
  • Wear sturdy shoes. 
  • Meet in the Villa Creek Pullout north of Cayucos on Hwy 1, south of Villa Creek Road. 
  • Moderate two hour hike. 
  • Reservations required, send an email to Hello@CayucosLandConservancy.org. Group limited to 15.


Coming in August - iNaturalist Walk on Estero Bluffs with Tom Seville

 Leader:  Tom Seville is a life long observer of the natural world and very interested in the Biology of Estero Bluffs State Park. Tom has found iNaturalist to be a fun and efficient program enabling non-specialists to add to the scientific community data set, explore our own Estero Bluffs State Park, learn a little Biology, and view the natural world surrounding Cayucos from a Citizen/Scientist perspective. 

Description:  Have fun while contributing to our community’s understanding of the organisms found at the Estero Bluffs State Park. Participants will use cell phones to photograph observed species within the Park boundaries. Photos collected are downloaded in to the iNaturalist App for Species Identification with location coordinates. Data collected is used to determine species present, distribution, and population.

Goal:  To observe, identify and record the species found at Estero Bluffs State Park on the iNaturalist App.

Logistics:  It is recommended that you download the iNaturalist App onto your smart phone before the walk from www.inaturalist.org. Be sure to “Create an Account” on iNaturalist to enjoy the fun! Data collected is best viewed from a Desktop or LapTop Computer when you return home. Wear sturdy shoes and bring a water bottle. 



Coming in Fall - Stalking the Wildlife of Hollywood Hill with Joel Germond

Leader:  Dr. Joel Germond is neither a biologist nor an expert, but rather a semi-retired clinical psychologist who has been an avid lover and observer of nature since childhood.  Since moving to the area in 2007 he has focused on learning to identify and photograph all the interesting biodiversity of the amazing California central coast.  He hikes daily with his wife Paolina Aligero, an avid nature lover herself.  

Description:  Hollywood Hill - sometimes called Hang Glider Hill by the locals is host to an amazing biodiversity that is mostly unsuspected by those driving past on Hwy 1.  Badgers, Mountain Lions and over 75 species of birds have been seen in these environs.  Our hike will take us through coastal chaparral, grassy hillsides and along a thicket of willows and honeysuckle.  Perhaps we'll see one of the many species of reptiles and amphibians that are to be found up there.

Goal:  To observe, enjoy and record the animal and plant species found on Hollywood Hill.

 Logistics:  Bring binoculars (cameras optional), wear sturdy shoes and consider walking sticks.  Meet at the water towers adjacent to Hacienda Drive (south of Old Creek Rd.).  This rigorous walk will proceed up the backside of Hollywood hill to the top and loop back.  Two hours or longer.


2023 - Sketching the Elfin Forest with Barb Renshaw and Jeff Reifel

Leaders:  Barb Renshaw is an Elfin Forest volunteer and walk leader who specializes in plant walks and sketch walks. Jeff Reifel is a Friends of El Moro Elfin Forest Director and retired science teacher.

 Description:  Capture early spring flowers with your camera or sketch pad as we walk through the dune scrub and maritime chaparral of the El Moro Elfin Forest. Fuchsia-flowered gooseberries, California peonies, and manzanita bloom among the coast live oaks. The boardwalk offers excellent views of the estuary, Hollister Peak, and the morros.

Goal:  To identify and learn about some of our local native plants with stops to sketch and take photos along the way.

Logistics: Meet at the north end of 11th St. in Los Osos (cross street Santa Ysabel). Bring water, sketching materials or camera. Easy walk on a short sand trail and then a boardwalk. 1 mile, 2 hours. Rain cancels, RSVP required, Limit of 10, scheduled  Latter half of January to latter half of February to have gooseberries, peonies, and manzanitas in bloom.


Past events:

 Sunday, January 30 @ 2:00pm

Tide Pools with Sally Krenn 

Leader:  Your guide, Sally Krenn, is a retired biologist from Pacific Gas & Electric and has conducted research in the intertidal and subtidal areas located along the Diablo Canyon Coastline.  She is currently a volunteer for State Parks and has led numerous tide pool walks along the Montana de Oro coastline. Currently on the board for the Bay Foundation, she is an advocate for the protection of these intertidal areas.
 Description:  The Central Coast offers a great opportunity to explore and observe tidepools of the rocky intertidal reef, where you'll get the chance to witness an astonishing array of seaweeds and animals that dwell within them. Sea stars, hermit crabs, and sea anemones, are just a few species of invertebrates that can be found in this magnificent ecosystem. One will also learn how to engage in a quest to search for the colorful nudibranchs and to search under rocks and crevices for mysterious species like the two spotted octopus.
Goal:  Learn about the fascinating animals and plants in the intertidal reef, and how to use tide pool etiquette” so our access to this interesting and delicate ecosystem does not harm the invertebrates and seaweeds that thrive along our coast.
Wear sturdy closed-toe beach shoes, prepare to get wet.
2:00pm at the 6th Street Public Access in Cayucos

Saturday, February 12 @ 1:30pm

Estero Bluffs Rocks!

Geology Walk with Norma Wightman

RSVP required 

Norma in Action  

Leader:  Norma Wightman, a Morro Bay resident, has been a California State Parks volunteer walk leader for over 25 years, and is well known for her geology walks.

Description:  Thirty million years ago tectonic plate subduction bulldozed part of the ocean floor into the tortured mixture called Franciscan melange seen along Estero Bluffs.  See the mix of tortured rocks (sedimentary, metamorphic and volcanic) that tectonic forces spewed up along this scenic section of coastline. Learn about the bulldozer effect as the Pacific Plate subducted under the North American place to form a unique mix called the Franciscan Melange.

Goal: To observe bulldozer effect” of subduction zone underneath the North American plate leading to a mélange of rock types, disrupted from their oceanic mantle sequence and encourage observation and comparison with other coastal areas with more uniform rocks.


Bring binoculars and water; wear sturdy beach shoes and layered clothing.

Meet in dirt parking lot one mile north of the end of divided section of Hwy 1, north of Cayucos. (Fig Tree Parking Area)

Moderate hike but short, steep path to beach. 2 miles. 2 hrs. 

Rain cancels. Rain date is February 19 at 1:30pm.

RSVP required. This walk is limited to the first twelve respondents. (cayucoslandconservancy@gmail.com)