Wild @ Heart Fundraiser

Saturday, August 5, 2017, 10am-6pm*
Swallow Creek Ranch, Cayucos

Join Pacific Wildlife Care for a day of camaraderie & wild delight in support of SLO County wildlife.

Online Ticket Sales:

$30  Partial Day for 1  *[10 am - 2:30 pm]

$75  Partial Day for 2 adults and children  *[10 am - 2:30 pm]

$50  Full Day for 1  *[12 pm - 6 pm] adds Jill Knight Band, Happy Hour with food, and S.L.O.P.E.'s Wild at HeART Gallery, Pop-Up Exhibit & Sale, 'Fresh from the Easel: Swallow Creek Ranch Paintings' (all after 2:30 pm)




  • Indulge in a Morning or Afternoon of Relaxation and Serenity in a Peaceful, Natural Setting
  • Delight your Senses with a Picturesque Landscape of Meadows, Bucolic hills and Coastal Views that Cattle and local Wildlife call their Home
  • Explore, Discover and Connect with nature, wildlife, wildflowers off the beaten path - Bring Binoculars and Cameras on naturalist-led 3/4-mile round-trip hikes to the pond
  • Learn about the rich, natural history and ecology of the Swallow Creek Ranch and Marvel at the Historic Blue Barn


  • Mingle at the easels of San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment-S.L.O.P.E. as these dedicated artists capture the spirit and soul of Swallow Creek Ranch meadows, coastal views, rustic hills and barns. Discover the pride of Central Coast's plein air landscape artists as they 'paint to preserve' the Ranch's serene scenery
  • Explore S.L.O.P.E.'s Wild at HeART Gallery including their afternoon Pop-Up Exhibit & Sale where guests may view and purchase original 'Fresh from the Easel: Swallow Creek Ranch Paintings!' These NEW works will be created on-site, August 4-5, depicting 'Ranch to Wall' art that reflects our 'Farm to Table' lifestyle
  • Pacific Wildlife Care will receive a portion of S.L.O.P.E.'s 'Wild at HeART Gallery' art sales
  • Revel at unique Youth Wildlife Art on Display


  • Meet PWC's Live Wildlife Ambassadors-- William Snakespeare, the Gopher Snake; Morro, the Peregrine Falcon; Oberon, the Long-Eared Owl; and Denali, the Red-Tailed Hawk (subject to change)
  • Learn more about PWC Celebrating our 30th Anniversary
  • Sit Back and Relax to award-winning films from Jackson Hole WILD on Tour, "The Bat Man of Mexico," a heartwarming conservation success story about Rodrigo who has been saving the amazing bats of his homeland since childhood; plus two shorts, "Blue" showing the catch of a kingfisher in a truly magnificent way, and "Remember When" about re-imagining the conservation conversation through questions asked by a young girl as a reminder to us why nature is worth protecting. Then meet, our own "Bat Lady of the Central Coast" and PWC Rehab Tech, Melinda Alvarado
  • Prepare for captivation by Morro Coast Audubon's,"Birds of SLO, 2016," an excerpt of the slideshow featuring outstanding images of many species of birds taken last year by some of the finest nature photographers in the county
  • Take Your Chances at the Silent Auction


  • Wind Down & Move to the Music of the Jill Knight Band a soulful blend of Americana, Blues and R&B
  • Savor food and drink from Popolo Catering, Firestone Walker Brewery, Changala Winery, Red Soles Winery, Cayucos Cellars, and LaZarre Wines (subject to change)


Why You Should Come:

Two reasons — You'll have a fabulous day, and your support is critical for wildlife rehabilitation! Not only is PWC celebrating its 30th anniversary as a nonprofit, we are the only organization in San Luis Obispo County, an area comprising 3,125 square miles including 100 miles of coastline and the Carrizo Plain, that rehabilitates injured, orphaned, sick and oiled birds, mammals and reptiles. To that means, each event ticket includes a portion of which is a tax deductible donation.  We rely on the community to recognize the intrinsic value of our life-saving work and provide support for the animal's basic needs until healthy enough to be returned to the wild. It takes a village--wildlife veterinarian, trained staff and volunteers working diligently toward this mission in partnership with the community. Right now is our slowest period of monetary support while our clinic is filled to capacity with patients being treated, fed and caged, species-specific, because baby animal season is in full swing. So far this spring, we have seen almost 400 baby birds and mammals and there are still four more "baby" months to go.  The fact is that we are never without patients.

So... Join us early or Join us late for a day of camaraderie and wild delight in support of SLO County Wildlife. Just Don't Miss It!  This unique property is not otherwise accessible to the public, so Don't Wait because Tickets are Limited!

Thank you for your support!

A detailed schedule of activities with times will be posted on the website by June 30. In addition, this is truly a day of getting away... there is no cell service or WIFI available except at the Highway 1 entrance, so plan accordingly. 

This event made possible with the Generosity of the following Sponsors/Partners, and for that... We simply cannot THANK YOU enough!

  • Venue Sponsor:  Swallow Creek Ranch
  • Corporate Sponsor:  J.W. Design & Construction, Inc.
  • Event Partners:  Jill Knight – San Luis Outdoor Painters for the Environment-S.L.O.P.E. – Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Changala Winery – Red Soles Winery – Cayucos Cellars – LaZarre Wines
  • Contributing Partners:  Morro Coast Audubon – Morro Bay Guerrilla Gardening Club
  • Auction/Raffle Sponsors:  Disneyland – Layne Labs – Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Dennis Curry – Pacific Wildlife Care Education Team – Ancient Peaks Winery – Talley Vineyard – Kynsi Winery – Whalebird Kombucha

Directions to Swallow Creek Ranch:

From Los Angeles: (4 hours)
HWY 101 north to San Luis Obispo.
Take HWY 1 exit north towards Morro Bay/Hearst Castle/Cayucos.
Continue north about 20 miles passing the town of Cayucos.
Just after Cayucos, the highway becomes a 2 lane road.
Proceed 2 more miles. You will pass San Geronimo Road.
Swallow Creek Ranch is on the right across from a big hill.
Look for a green mailbox with black numbers 6030
Turn off highway and stay right. Follow signs to event barn.


From San Francisco: (4 1/2 hours)
HWY 101 south to Paso Robles.
HWY 46 west towards Cambria/Hearst Castle. Go west for about 20 miles to HWY 1.
Turn south (left) on HWY 1 and continue for about 8 miles. At Villa Creek Road the ocean becomes visible. From here the ranch is about 1 mile south on HWY 1.
Look for a green mailbox with black numbers 6030
The driveway is on the left across from a big hill. Pull to the right and wait for a safe crossing.
Turn off highway and stay right. Follow signs to event barn.