Travel Combined with Volunteering

San Luis Obispo County on the central California coast has launched a new program that gives visitors a chance to participate in regional conservation and preservation efforts during their stay. Called Stewardship Travel, it offers activities and adventures at 10 destinations along Highway 1 of the Central California coast, including Morro Bay, Avila Beach and Arroyo Grande Valley.

The activities, such as planting seedlings in an Audubon preserve or taking a heritage tour, are designed to connect travelers with local people and nature. A typical day, for example, could include a luxury spa visit and cleanup work at the beach, followed by wine tasting at a Stewardship Traveler vintner, fine dining and a donation to the Pacific Wildlife Care Foundation.

A map outlining stewardship opportunities is available at California Welcome Centers and local hotels, inns and motels. More information can be found at

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