If you’re looking for a vacation with an environmental twist, there’s no better spot than Cambria. Located along the stunning Central California Coastline, Cambria offers a variety of stewardship travel activities for the ecotourist. What is stewardship travel? It’s about giving back to the community and adding a bit of “doing good and feeling good” to your vacation.
Protecting and preserving the Cambria’s natural resources has always been a number one priority for locals. Now, visitors are invited to experience the history, natural resources and preservation efforts that make Cambria truly one of a kind by taking part in one of over 70 unique stewardship activities or contribution opportunities throughout the Central Coast.
Making a difference can be as simple as spending an hour or two cleaning up trash and debris while you’re out exploring trails and beaches or scheduling an educational excursion to one of the area’s natural, cultural or historic sites. From hands-on activities for people who don’t mind getting a little dirt under their fingernails to docent-led walking tours, there’s a way for everyone to get involved. While February is Coastal Discovery & Stewardship Month, Cambria offers year-round activities for the environmentally-minded traveler.
Five Recommended Stewardship Travel Excursions:
Stolo Family Vineyards Abalone & Wine Pairing
On February 7th and 28th guests will have the rare opportunity to learn about the Stolo family’s two unique businesses that thrive in our coastal environment. Enjoy the perfect pairing of local abalone from The Abalone Farm and wine produced from the Stolo Family Winery & Vineyards. The abalone, prepared fresh while you watch, will be complemented with fresh bread, local fruit and cheese, and delicious estate wines from the Stolo Family Vineyard. Tickets are $38 per person and space is limited to 30 guests so make your reservations early. For tickets go to www.wineweb.com/scripts/secure/order.cfm/treviti.
Hands-On Citizen Science Outing in San Simeon Cove
Each Saturday visitors can participate in the Coastal Discovery Center’s Plankton Monitoring program at San Simeon Cove. Citizen scientists help by taking measurements and collecting samples for use in ongoing research. Samples are taken to the Discovery Center where they are examined under a video microscope. Guests learn about ocean plankton and its role in the ecosystem. This incredible adventure gives tourists the unique chance to participate in an ongoing science and research project that plays an important role in the protection of our natural resources.
Cambria’s Annual Wildflower Weekend Show
Springtime in Cambria is a sight to behold with an abundance of wildflowers and flowering trees and shrubs. Plan a trip to the Central Coast the last weekend in April for the Annual Wildflower Show at the Cambria Veteran’s Hall. Over 500 bouquets of native wildflowers will be on display all under one roof, plus experts will be on hand to give talks about native plants. Wildflower books, seeds and native plants will for sale at the event.
Cambria Beach Clean-Up
Each September on the 3rd Saturday of the month, volunteers from across California join together at sites all over the state to take part in the Annual California Coastal Clean-Up Day, now in its 31st year. Volunteers come together, scouring beaches and inland waterways picking up trash and debris. Last year, a total of 850 sites across California’s 58 counties participated in the state’s largest volunteer event. A total of 66,292 volunteers statewide picked up 1,030,571 lbs. of trash and an additional 98,761 lbs. of recyclable materials from California beaches and inland waterways –a total of 1,129,332 lbs. or 564.7 tons. For information visit www.coast4u.org.
Thanksgiving Weekend Tree Planting at Fiscalini Ranch Preserve
Join in the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve annual tree planting Thanksgiving weekend. Visitors can help plant, mulch and water hundreds of rare and endangered Monterey Pines. The restoration project helps to replenish the native forest and preserve this protected coastal gem for future generations. Reservations are required. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.