Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach to Host Open House, Public Tours on May 5

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Community members are invited to bring the whole family and tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 5. 

The spring open house will feature hands-on touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing tiny sea creatures and many more interactive displays. Kids can put their face in the water and breathe through a scuba respirator, learn why whales migrate and find out what a “red tide” is.

Cal Poly professors and biology students will be available to answer questions. Guests may tour the displays at their own pace and explore ongoing research into local marine life, including projects aimed at protecting Morro Bay’s ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries and mapping ocean currents off the Central Coast.

Attendees are encouraged to bring cameras to take photos of seals, pelicans and other sea creatures, as well as the incredible coastal views from the pier.

The Cal Poly Pier is just over a half-mile long (1.2 miles round trip). Displays will be located at the ocean end. This is a walking tour; safety rules require everyone wear closed-toe walking shoes (no flip-flops or high heels).

The Cal Poly Pier is located on Avila Beach Drive, just west of the San Luis Creek Bridge. There is very-limited public parking near the pier. Tour attendees are encouraged to use the public parking lots in Avila Beach and walk to the pier.

Unocal, now Chevron Corp., donated the pier to the university in 2001. The facility supports field research for Cal Poly’s Center for Coastal Marine Sciences and the SLOSEA program, an integrated group of scientists, resource managers and stakeholders studying and supporting marine resources on the Central Coast. Nearly 2,000 Cal Poly students use the pier each year for classes and research activities.

For more information, call 805-756-6777.

Note: Rain will cancel the event.

A Cal Poly student shows a young girl how to breath through a scuba regulator.

Contact: Rachel Henry

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