Central Coast


Saturday, May 12
Mission Plaza, San Luis Obispo


Wildlife Festival Schedule


Come Discover the Wild Where We Live with Pacific Wildlife Care at our 2018 Central Coast Wildlife Festival.  This free, family-friendly wildlife educational fair will have exhibits, displays and interactive activities for all ages that aim to promote awareness and inspire responsible stewardship and coexistence with the native wildlife that live on the Central Coast and will feature:

  • Native wildlife ambassadors
  • Puppet shows/skits
  • Wildlife film
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Displays and activities with our 25+ partner eco-organizations

This year's theme is focused on the many wildlife treasures found right in our backyards. This is a wildlife event, no dog's please!

Participating Organizations
  • Melinda Alvarado - Bat Education and live bats for viewing
  • Biodiversity First!
  • Bob Peak - Osage Indian Culture
  • California Central Coast Chapter of the Wildlife Society – Activities showcasing different animals requiring different habitats
  • California Native Plant Society (CNPS) - 15-20 native plants with specific aromas and flowers in 1-gallon pots for display; insect pollinators; caterpillars; creating a native plant garden
  • Cal Poly Biology Department - Physiological Ecology of Reptiles Lab – Information about local reptile and amphibian species; live reptile and amphibian specimens for viewing; snake skins; turtle shells
  • Cal Poly Wildlife Club - Specimens and skulls
  • Camp Natoma - Leave No Trace Ethics Activity and/or nature craft
  • Camp Ocean Pines - Raptor + Live handling of animal specimens
  • Central Coast Aquarium - Touchtanks + Bean Bag Toss Game, Artifacts (skulls, jaws, shells), marine displays
  • Central Coast State Parks Association & Friends (4 booths) – Marine mammal mounts and hands-on touching, crafts, and more, including:
    • Coastal Discovery Center
    • Hearst San Simeon State Park Interpreters
    • Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History docents
    • NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary – Underwater sounds and noise pollution demonstrations, marine debris demonstration, and marine mammal protection under NOAA
    • Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove docents
    • Seabird Protection Network – Activities focusing on seabird SAFE and respecting wildlife
    • SeaLife Stewards
  • Dennis Sheridan – Insects and North American reptiles for viewing
  • Donald Quintana – Nature photography and PWC release videos
  • Ecologistics/Bioneers – Continual showing of award-winning documentary series, “Kids Can Save the Planet”
  • ECOSLO – Activities around single-use plastics affecting wildlife
  • Friends of the Carrizo Plain - Vegetation map of the monument, matching animals to its habitat. Message is importance of habitat conservation.
  • Friends of the Elephant Seal – Blubber glove/habitat needs, some kind of nature art or craft promoting protection and respect for wildlife.
  • Learning Among the Oaks(LATO)/Land Conservancy - Skits/Puppet Shows + Discovery Packs
  • Los Padres Forest Watch – Puzzle featuring wilderness areas of LPFW
  • One Cool Earth – Wildflower seed bombs
  • Outside Now - Primitive Skills and Ancestral Arts (primitive fire-making, basket-weaving, blending wild harvest teas, making cordage)
  • Sprout Up - Craft tables
  • The Marine Mammal Center - Demonstration of patient treatments and rescue operations, conservation tips and tricks
Food Available for Purchase
  • Bliss Cafe
  • Grilled Cheese Incident
  • Jamba Juice
  • SLO Roasted Coffee
  • Boni's Tacos
  • Harmony Valley Creamery
  • Keiki Hawaiian Shave Ice