Stewardship Travel

California’s central coast award-winning Stewardship Travel Program provides a unique menu of over 50 activities for visitors to play, care, and connect deeper with local residents, scientists, naturalists, wildlife, and heritage sites located along the CA Highway 1 Discovery Route in coastal San Luis Obispo County (SLO CAL). As you plan your Avila Beach trip, consider adding an hour or two of fun volunteer time to your day, or schedule a travel adventure to a natural, cultural or historic site. Plant seedlings in a native garden, contribute to a historic lighthouse, make new friends at a beach cleanup or become a “citizen scientist” at a nature/marine center.

The activities below provide opportunities to learn, connect, and contribute. Look for activities with the Stewardship Traveler icon and search nearby lodging accommodations. Many lodging properties offer Stewardship Traveler activity maps covering Avila Beach.


Watch the Sharks Feed at the Central Coast Aquarium
Visit the Jelly Tank at the Central Coast Aquarium
Central Coast Aquarium’s Science After Dark Lecture Series
Central Coast Aquarium’s “Catch of the Central Coast” Annual Benefit
Pecho Coast Trail Docent Hikes to Point San Luis Lighthouse with PG&E
Central Coast Aquarium
Point San Luis Lighthouse
Points San Luis Lighthouse Volunteer Days
Point San Luis Lighthouse History Tours
Kayak Back in Time to Historic Point San Luis Lighthouse

INTRODUCING THE HISTORY AND HERITAGE TRAIL, a collection of landmarks and significant points along Highway 1 designed to bring visitors closer to the roots of coastal San Luis Obispo County. Step back in time and step up to help preserve the places, cultures, and stories of this rich, varied region.