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A Day at the Pier

Tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach on May 14 

Adults and children touch sea creatures near water tankCal Poly students give a lesson on aquatic life to children during an Open House at the Cal Poly Pier event in 2015.
The next Open House event is set for May 14.


Bring the kids and the camera to tour the Cal Poly Pier in Avila Beach from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 14.

The spring open house will feature interactive displays, including special touch tanks full of live marine creatures, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a “Discover Scuba” experience and more.

Cal Poly professors and students will be on hand to explain their ongoing research into local marine life, including protecting Morro Bay's ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries, and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast.

Image of child in SCUBA gear with instructor
Biology Professor Crow White places SCUBA gear on
a young attendee as part of a demonstration during 
an Open House event at the Cal Poly Pier in 2015.

Tour the displays at your own pace and ask questions of the Cal Poly faculty and students. Bring a camera to take photos of sea creatures and the incredible coastal views from the pier.

The Cal Poly Pier is a little more than 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. Parking is very limited near the pier. Tour attendees are encouraged to park in the public parking lots in Avila Beach and walk to the pier.

The pier supports field research for Cal Poly’s Center for Coastal Marine Sciences and the SLOSEA program. Since its donation to the university in 2001 by Unocal, now Chevron Corp., the pier has been used by 2,000 students per year for classes or research activities.

Rain will cancel the event.

For more information, call 805-756-6777. 

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