Stewardship travel is the topic of a public workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 27, sponsored by the Cambria Tourism Board.
The event, which also will introduce the board’s new Cambria Clean-up Program, will be at the Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Drive.
Just what is stewardship travel? Think eco-tourism with an involvement twist that can make a difference.
According to San Luis Obispo County’s tourism board website, stewardship travel is about adding a bit of “doing good and feeling good” to a vacation.
Those traveling along the Highway 1 Discovery Route through the North Coast can add an hour or two of fun and volunteering; 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 “citizen scientists” at a nature center.
The stewardship benefits the area and adds deeper purpose to a vacation.
Those attending the workshop will learn about the newest additions to the program. Attendees are expected to be owners and staff members of Cambria lodgings and businesses, representatives of local nonprofit organizations and residents.
Organizers say they hope the program will inspire community members to share their own ideas and become involved, as stewards or program participants with an interest in sustainable tourism and having those who visit the North Coast make a difference in its care by learning about area culture and our history.
Participating stewardship visitors to Cambria already have participated in activities at Coastal Discovery Month; Abalone, Wine and Stewardship; Walk Back in Time at Cambria Museum (included self-guided walking tour of historic buildings); Stewardship Walk, Talk and Wine at Stolo Family Winery and Vineyards; Discover Your Central Coast Lecture Series; Wildflower Show; Fiscalini Ranch Preserve docent nature walks, monthly work day, beach cleanup and tree planting; Hearst Castle; San Simeon State Historical Monument; Coastal Discovery Center; Piedras Blancas Light Station Historical Tours; and elephant seal rookery.
Get details from travel ambassador Linda Finley, 927-5636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Visit the county website at www.winecoastcountry.com/the-winecoastcountry-stewardship-traveler.