Pismo State Beach

Pismo Nature Center

Located in the Pismo State Beach - Oceano Campground, this Nature Center links the visitor to the plants, animals and cultural history in this State Park. Interactive, hands on exhibits on birds, animals, Monarch butterflies, the fresh water lagoon, native plants, and Chumash culture make learning fun for all ages. There are also many mounts of local animals on display and a collection of video presentations on local natural history.

Docents trained in interpretation are on site to answer your questions. Several docent led walks start from this Nature Center. Check the current Adventures with Nature schedule.

Special programs are also given for campers, Elderhostels, scout groups, garden clubs, service clubs, senior citizens and other organizations. School program docents offer interpretive programs on Monarch butterflies, fresh water lagoon life, turtles & tortoises and Native American Indian culture for teachers and students. NATURE STORE
A small but unique nature store, located in the nature center, specializes in educational and interpretive material relating to the cultural and natural history of this area. You are not likely to find this selection of items carried in your local stores:

--Books and educational material and postcards on nature, such as local birds, plants, flowers, and animals, including sea creatures

--Local history about the Native American people, the Dunites who established a small community in the Pismo Dunes in the 1930's and the Oceano lagoon

--Information on walks, hikes and bike rides in San Luis Obispo County

--Activity books and toys for children, as well as souvenirs and gifts

This is a great resource for teachers, parents and grandparents! The Nature Center's summer hours, beginning June 1 and running through Labor Day, are 1:00PM to 4:00PM Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Winter hours are the same on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only.


From the town of Pismo Beach, travel south 2 miles on Hwy. 1 to Pier Avenue, then go west 2 blocks. Oceano Campground is on the right. The nature Center is to the right of the entrance.