The Coastal Discovery Center by San Simeon Cove and pier has set its summer schedule, with four programs on tap — each occurring one Saturday a month through September.
Each program lasts about an hour. Call 927-6575 to reserve space.
Pier Safari — 11 a.m. the first Saturday of each month, except August when there are two dates (July 4, Aug. 1 and 29, Sept. 5). Explore marine life in San Simeon Cove, from the largest residents to the smallest. Bring your binoculars to look for marine birds and mammals. Fish for plankton off the pier and learn the important role they play in the San Simeon Cove food web. Discover how marine life of San Simeon Cove has influenced its history. Dress in layers with a hat and bring binoculars if you have them for this 2,000-foot walk.
Beach Exploration — 9 a.m. June 20; 11 a.m. July 11 and Aug. 8; and 2:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Learn about San Simeon Cove by beachcombing with marine biologists. Find out what causes high and low tides and investigate the animals and algae cast up on the beach. During low tide, explore invertebrate communities that live between the tides. Buckets and gloves will be supplied for those who want to help clean up the beach as the group heads back. Dress in layers with a hat, sunglasses and water shoes.
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Exploring Old San Simeon — 11 a.m. June 13, July 18, Aug. 15, Sept. 12. Learn about the history and cultural heritage of San Simeon Bay, from the time the native peoples inhabited the area almost 10,000 years ago to the current ownership by the Hearst family and California State Parks. Dress in layers for the outdoor presentation, which will include a short walk (2,000 feet) to the end of San Simeon pier and back.
Marine Mammals of the Central Coast — 11 a.m. June 27, July 25, Aug. 22 and Sept. 19. Learn how to identify local marine mammals, what you should do if you see a sick or injured seal, sea lion or sea otter, and what you can do to keep these animals healthy. This is a lively presentation with real fur pelts, skulls and bones, followed by a walk to the pier to look for sea otters, harbor seals and other marine mammals. Bring binoculars if you have them.