Outdoor Discovery Festival is sure to have something for everyone! Let us show you what San Luis Obispo County Parks has to offer. If you like to hike, bike, camp, fish, bird watch, kayak, horseback ride,, boating, golfing, and more.... this is the place to be! There will be exhibits and demonstrations showcasing the many activities available in our County Parks as well as local sporting and eco-friendly vendors. Grab a bite to eat from one of many local food vendors while enjoying live music. The main event will take place at the Vista Lago Day Use Area. Some of the activities being offered are:
||NATURE BOAT CRUISES
||GUIDED BIKE TOURS
||KIDS DEER PROGRAM CHALLENGE
BIKE TOUR (Free)
Experience what it's like to mountain bike along the shoreline of Lopez Lake. This is a great family activity. Easy to moderate, Approximate tour time is 45 minutes. Limited to 15 participants.
12:00pm - 12:45pm
1:00pm - 1:45pm
2:00pm - 2:45pm
3:00pm - 3:45pm
4:00pm - 4:45pm
NATURE BOAT TOURS
$6 Adults and
$3 Kids (12 & under)
Enjoy a relaxing tour while learning the history of Lopez Lake Recreation Area and its natural surroundings. Boat tour approximately 45 minutes. Limited to 18 participants.
11:30am - 12:15pm
12:30pm - 1:15pm
1:30pm - 2:15pm
2:30pm - 3:15pm
3:30pm - 4:15pm
GUIDED HIKES (Free)
This ranger lead hike will take you along the Vista Lago shoreline and Cougar Trail. Learn about the different plants and animals that inhabit the region. This is a great hike for beginners and families. Approximate tour time is 45 minutes. Limited to 20 participants.
12:30pm - 1:30pm
1:30pm - 2:30pm
2:30pm - 3:30pm
3:30pm - 4:30pm
DEER CHALLENGE - Discovering the Environment through Education and Recreation (DEER) Program is designed to forge connections between nature and the youth of our community by promoting and facilitating environmental education and outdoor recreation. Participants will choose from 20+ activities that are sponsored by our exhibitors. Once the participant has completed the activities they will earn a prrize! We had over 150 kids participate in last year's 2013 Outdoor Discovery Festival DEER Challenge!
ENTERTAINMENT - Grab some food, pull up a chair and relax with some live music provided by the following bands:
12noon - 2:00pm - The Jammies play a unique blend of styles including classic rock, funk, reggae and blues. They are an energetic and fun band that will make you want to get up and dance. Band members include Dave Robinson - the "Funky Bass" man and lead vocals. Brian Freeman - background vocals and a "Drummer of eclectic rhythms." Mark Schiesl - background vocals and "sizzling guitarist.." These guys really like to have a great time.
DAMON CASTILLO BAND
2:30pm - 4:30pm - The band is loaded with master-musicians with diverse talent. Kristian Ducharme on keys, Jennings Jacobsen on drums, and Larry Kim on saxophone, and Damon’s amazing songwriting, vocals, and guitar playing belt out jazz, funk, rock, and soul. Their prowess comes through on every note, dynamically punctuating Damon’s soulful lyrics, at times mournful, and often larger than life.
VOLUNTEERS We're looking for volunteers to help us with numerous task. Please sign up online at
Questions about volunteering? Contact Stacey King at email@example.com or 805.781.4385 or or Michael Heater, ECOSLO Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 805.544.1777.
VENDORS / EXHIBITORS - If you are interested in participating as a vendor or exhibitor you will need to complete a Vendor/Exhibitor Application. If you have any questions about the event or your participation in the expo area please contact Lopez Lake at 805.788.2381.
SPONSORS If you are interested in being a sponsor please complete a Sponsorship Application. If you have any questions about the event or your sponsorship please contact Lopez Lake at 805.788.2381.
"Thank You" 2014 Sponsors
Please give your support to the following businesses and organizations.
This event would not be possible without their support.
San Luis Obispo County Parks
1087 Santa Rosa Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
Email us at SLOParks@co.slo.ca.us
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Last revised: April 8, 2014