Public invited to tour Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach on Nov. 5

Members of the public — including children — are welcome to tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 5.

Interactive displays for the fall “open pier” event will include touch tanks with live marine creatures, remote-controlled ocean research robots and microscopes for viewing small sea creatures, according to university officials.

Cal Poly professors and students will explain current research on local marine life, Morro Bay’s ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries and mapping ocean currents.

Visitors may ask questions of the Cal Poly faculty and students as well as take photographs.

Safety rules require that everyone admitted to the pier wear closed-toe walking shoes. No flip-flops or high heels will be allowed.

The Cal Poly Pier is on Avila Beach Drive, west of the San Luis Creek Bridge.

Since Unocal donated the pier to Cal Poly in 2001, it has been used by 1,500 students annually for research and classes.