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Dive into Central Coast Marine Protected Areas:

The Ocean Connects Us All

Dive into Central Coast Marine Protected Areas, LIVE! MPAs are much like underwater parks. These fascinating underwater worlds are full of surprises and wonder...so let the adventure begin!

Take a trip to the beautiful San Luis Obispo coast and discover how MPAs are much like underwater parks! Just like land parks, MPAs allow for the protection of entire ecosystems and provide amazing spaces to play!

Students will become community scientists as they explore MPAs with California State Park Interpreter Robin Hazard. Discover how scientists learn about the ocean and marine life through research and monitoring. Through this better understanding of our ocean, we are better able to protect it.

Enjoy this interactive, virtual journey and learn ways that we can protect the ocean every single day. Discover how the ocean connects us all!

Keep reading to discover our On-Demand programs and K-12 educational resources from the Central Coast Marine Protected Areas!

This program is fully booked for the 2020-2021 school year but you can still connect with us!

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  • Help us re-imagine the school field trip with passPORTS!

Explore our upcoming events!

MPA Videos

The MPAs of San Luis Obispo County -Morro Bay & Point Buchon

The MPAs of San Luis Obispo County -Cambria & Piedras Blancas

Morro Bay's MPAs

Available Teacher Resources


Dive into our Marine Protected Areas Coastal Explorer Guide Activity Book (English) & (Spanish)


Marine Protected Area Coloring Book


Talking Trash & Taking Action Activity Guide

Habitats-Species-Poster_Front&Back (1).pdf

MPA Habitats & Species Poster

SLOCoastDistrict_MPA map.pdf

Map of the Marine Protected Areas on the

San Luis Obispo Coast!

Learn more about the supporters of Central Coast Marine Protected Areas!

Central Coast State Parks Association

MPA Collaborative Network

Ocean Protection Council