The Cambrian

'Get Into Your Sanctuary' on Saturday at San Simeon Cove event

Family-friendly ocean-oriented activities at San Simeon Cove will be a focus of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s “Get Into Your Sanctuary” celebration Saturday, June 27.

All local events will take place near San Simeon Pier in W.R. Hearst State Beach, across Highway 1 from the entrance driveway to Hearst Castle Visitors Center. The sanctuary stretches along the coast from Cambria to Marin County.

From 11 a.m. to noon, participants will gather at the Coastal Discovery Center to learn from docents how to identify local marine mammals and examine fur pelts, skulls and bones. People will walk to the pier to look for sea otters, harbor seals and other marine mammals in the bay.

Then, from noon to 4 p.m., participants will learn about national marine sanctuaries and how they can help to protect them. 

Children can become junior rangers. 

Participants can explore plankton, take the ocean pledge, view the sanctuary photo exhibit and learn how sound affects marine animals on the pier, at the beach and in the Coastal Discovery Center.

For details on the Monterey Bay Sanctuary, the Coastal Discovery Center and Saturday’s special activities, go to and

Or call Carolyn Skinder at 927-2145, or email her at