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Thank you to all of our Coastal Cleanup Day volunteers!
Over 1,600 volunteers on 28 sites came out to support the 29th annual cleanup!
Community members come out to maintain trails!
Click here to find out more about how you can get involved!
Visit Our Office at 75 Higuera St. Suite 100 in SLO
Looking for us? Want to volunteer? Visit us right on the corner of Higuera St. and Madonna Rd.
Love Hiking? Want to help keep our Local Open Space beautiful??
In partnership with SLO Stewards, frequent Trail Workdays are held in the City's Open Space. Tools are provided.
The next workday will take place on Saturday August 23rd at 9 a.m. Meet at the Bishop Peak, Patricia Trailhead. Please wear long pants and sturdy shoes.
For more information call the Ranger Service Desk at 805-781-7302 or ECOSLO at 805-544-1777.
Directions: Bishop Creek- Patricia Trailhead: Heading west on Foothill Boulevard, turn right onto Patricia Drive. Follow Patricia Drive and just after Patricia Court is the trailhead on the left.
Want to help maintain County trails? Need community service hours?
We need some volunteers for the upcoming County Workday! Help maintain our County Parks!
The Workday will take place at Santa Margarita Lake on Saturday, August 16 from 9 AM-12PM.
Please contact ECOSLO or reply to this post to RSVP so we can get a headcount of who will be there.
*Please bring water, wear long pants, and wear sturdy shoes*
Directions to Santa Margarita Lake
Driving north or south on Highway 101 take the Highway 58 exit into Santa Margarita. Follow thru town and look for Highway 58 signs. At the end of town you will turn right onto Highway 58. This is also referred to as Santa Margarita Lake Road or Pozo Road. Follow this road for approximately 6 miles to Santa Margarita Lake Road. Do NOT turn left onto Highway 58. You want to continue straight until you get to Santa Margarita Lake Road. Turn left (the Rinconada Store will be on your right). Entrance to Santa Margarita Lake is at the end of this road.
On March 20, The Tribune's David Sneed published an article about ECOSLO's Tsumani Debris cleanup at Montana Del Oro. Click here to read the article!
Our current contract with the City of San Luis Obispo provides a unique opportunity to educate the community about the importance of open space. The contract allows us to orchestrate trail maintenance workdays and host ECOSLO docent led hikes. The collaborative efforts also manifests in a tri-annual newsletter called “SLO Stewards” that ECOSLO creates on behalf of the City of San Luis Obispo Natural Resources Department. In times of budget cuts, both the County and City have come to rely on ECOSLO staff time and volunteers to support park and trail projects.Read more: SLO Stewards
San Luis Obispo County Parks provides over 50 miles of trails for the enjoyment of residents and visitors, with more yet to come. These trails offer a wide array of scenic and recreational opportunities, from the rugged back county of Lopez Lake to the leisurely boardwalk of the Elfin Forest with its sweeping coastal vistas. Thousands of visitors venture out to explore the trails each year, whether on foot, skates, bicycle or horse. Sometimes they leave litter in their wake; sometimes it’s just a little more wear and tear. Sometimes visitors leave nothing behind at all, but Nature leaves her own imprint in the form of a rock slide, a fallen branch across the trail or a tree root breaking through the pavement.
Trails need to be maintained if they are to remain clean and safe. We can pay higher user fees or taxes to have someoneelse do it for us, or we can volunteer some of our own time and do it ourselves. The Adopt-a-Park or Trail program provides an opportunity for the community to invest in our recreation spaces directly. It is a cooperative effort between San Luis Obispo County Parks and Recreation and the Environmental Center of San Luis Obispo (ECOSLO) to recruit and train volunteers to assist in the general care and maintenance of County trails. Volunteers also help raise public awareness of how much work is involved in maintaining quality trails and the importance of keeping trails in good condition for safety and aesthetic reasons.
Getting involved is easy, just send an email to ECOSLO at:
email@example.com or give us a call (805) 544-1777!
Some current ECOSLO contracts include:
2. Please fill out the Community Service Liability Release & Assumption of Risk Form. This form can be emailed, mailed*, faxed***, or delivered*** to ECOSLO. Click here to access the Community Service Liability Release & Assumption of Risk Form.
3. Submit a copy of your Court Arraignment Minute Order to ECOSLO. For out-of-county court cases, please contact ECOSLO.
4. Upon working for the program, CSWs must pay a $60 administration fee. The fee can be paid through our online payment system (you may use a credit or debit card), in cash, or by or money-order (no checks please!). ECOSLO will not report community service hours until the fee has been paid. Click the Pay Now button below to pay by PayPal (you don't need a PayPal account—once on the PayPal page, just click on the link that says “Don’t have a PayPal account?”)
5. Once you have been notified to begin your work, please download the Community Service Worker Timesheet. CSWs must bring the timesheet to each organization they work for. It is the responsibility of the CSW to contact the organizations. CSWs must work at ECOSLO-approved non-profit organizations (listed below). Out-of-county cases can volunteer through ECOSLO but must self-report their hours to the appropriate court. Click here to access the Community Service Worker Timesheet.
6. Timesheet must be submitted to ECOSLO by the 14th and the 29th of every month. Please notify ECOSLO if you plan to pay the balance of your fee.
*Please mail to ECOSLO, PO Box #1014, San Luis Obispo, CA 93406
**Please fax to 805-544-1871
***Please hand deliever to 75 Higuera Street, Suite 100, San Luis Obispo
Students Looking for Community Service Hours
Local students who need community service hours that are not required by a court order, do not need to apply or pay a fee. Please call ECOSLO for opportunities or check our calendar and join us for one our workdays.
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