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Outdoor Discovery Festival Logo  
at Lopez Lake Recreation Area
Saturday, May 9, 2015
10am - 5pm

Think Outside Logo

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 run, hike, bike, camp, fish, bird watch, kayak, golf, and more.... this is the place to be! This year's event will include a Color Splash Fun Run for the whole family! 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:



$10 Adults and $5 Kids (12 & under)
Enjoy a colorful run throughout the park with color splash excitement. Finish the run and get entered into a hourly drawing for a FREE ZIP at the Vista Lago Adventure Park!

10:00am - start (150 open slots as of 3.26.15)
12:00pm - start (150 open slots as of 3.26.15)


This is a great family activity that will be easy to moderate. Approximate tour time is 45 minutes. Limited to 15 participants per tour. Bikes and helmets are provided.

1:30pm - 2:15pm
2:30pm - 3:15pm
3:30pm - 4:15pm

Learn about the different plants and animals that inhabit the region. This Ranger lead hike is a great hike for beginners and families. Approximate tour time is 45 minutes. Limited to 20 participants per hike.

11:30pm - 12:15pm
12:30pm - 1:15pm
1:30pm - 2:15pm
2:30pm - 3:15pm
3:30pm - 4:15pm

5K FAMILY COLOR FUN RUN - This year we're excited to add a 5K Family Color Fun Run as part of the DEER Challenge. This colorful run will take participants along the access road towards the back of Lopez Lake and then it will finish back at the Outdoor Discovey Festival. You run and we'll throw in some color splash! You MUST PRE-REGISTER by Thursday, May 7.

KIDS 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!

ADULT CHALLENGE - We have some fun and exciting challenges for adults too. How 'bout taking a quick jog thru the park in our Color Splash Fun Run? Everyone who completes the run will be entered into our hourly drawings for a FREE ZIP on the 700' zipline at Vista Lago Adventure Park. Try your geochaching skills! Choose from many activities designed for you to experience in the great outdoors!

ENTERTAINMENT - Grab some food, pull up a chair and relax with some live music provided by the following bands:

12noon - 2:00pm - Steppin' Out is the "Central Coast's finest dance band." They perform at a wide variety of events and have a loyal following known as "Steppers." Come to the Outdoor Discovery Festival to get your groove on. They will play anything from classic funk to rock 'n roll to whatever it takes to get you out on the dance floor. Ton's of enthusiasm, audience participation come with every performance.

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.

VOLUNTEER We NEED VOLUNTEERS to help with various tasks throughout the day. If interested please contact Adria Arko, ECOSLO Program Coordinator at 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.


2015 ODF Participating Exhibitors & Vendors
Please give your support to the following exhibitors, vendors and sponsors.
This event would not be possible without their support.

Ah Sir Bounce A Lot
Art's Cyclery
Camp Fire USA
Higgies World BBQ
High Mountain Condor Lookout Project
Kona Ice
Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center
Outside NOW
Santa Maria Recreation & Parks

Turtle & Tortoise Rescue of Arroyo Grande

"Thank You" 2015 Sponsors


San Luis Obispo County Parks
1087 Santa Rosa Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408
(P) 805.781.5930, (F) 805.781.1102

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Last revised: February 19, 2015