State Park Tours
Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds Tours
Take a tour with California State Parks! Park staff-led tours provide a wealth of knowledge about this coastal refuge and you will walk away with a new perspective or a renewed appreciation of Asilomar's natural and cultural history.
NEW for 2015!!
Asilomar Birds and their Habitat Homes
Join Asilomar Environmental Resources Staff person, Amanda Preece, to discover how the approximately 60 different bird species of Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds utilize their respective habitats - from Piney Woods to Surf and Shore!
Topics will include:
Which are the most commonly seen Asilomar birds and how do I identify them?
What are the birds' natural history?
Where are the Asilomar birding spots to check out?
WHEN: 9:30 a.m. on the following dates:
February 27, March 6, March 27
WHERE: Meet at the California State Parks desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall. FREE tour lasts one hour; dress in layers and bring binoculars.
For more information contact the Asilomar State Park Office: 831-646-6443.
Free Public Tour:
WHAT: Asilomar Ramble - ONGOING. Our most popular tour, the Ramble is an overview of the beginnings of Asilomar, Julia Morgan Architecture, and Natural Forest and Dune Preserve information.
The Asilomar Ramble is an easy walk over paths and roadways covering the "Historic Core" of the conference grounds and the Dunes Boardwalk.
Tour is free of charge and lasts approximately 1 hour.
WHERE: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Blvd. in Pacific Grove.
Meet at the State Parks desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall (Registration Building).
WHEN: Currently offered MOST Friday and Saturday mornings and afternoons, Spring, 2015
Morning Tours: 9:30 a.m.
Afternoon Tours: 1:00 p.m.
or visit the State Park desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall for the posted times of regular public tours offered during your stay at Asilomar.
NOTE: Tours are subject to staff availability. For more information, for group tours, OR to confirm availability call in advance: (831) 646-6443; Asilomar.Interp@parks.ca.gov.
Group tours are a great option for Conference Groups staying at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. Group tours last approximately 35-60 minutes, and are by request only. Group Tours are subject to staff availability - please contact the Asilomar State Park office for details: (831) 646-6443.
School Group Programs (K-12 grades)
Educators are encouraged to call in advance (831) 646-6443 to have State Parks staff provide a tour to match your class' curriculum and study needs.
Examples of Group Tour Topics:
The Architecture of Julia Morgan - Learn about Julia Morgan and her Arts and Crafts architectural vision for Asilomar. Tour will stop at several Julia Morgan buildings; entry for some buildings is dependent on conference/lodging use. Easy walk over paved paths and roadways in the "Historic Core" of the conference grounds. One hour.
The Natural Dune Preserve of Asilomar State Beach - The plants and wildlife of Asilomar's dunes are flourishing thanks to State Parks' comprehensive Dunes restoration project begun in 1984. Hear how the fragile balance of the dunes ecosystem was restored as you stroll along the boardwalk that was built as part of this successful restoration and protection effort. Easy 1/4 mile walk over maintained boardwalk. 35 minutes.
Nature's Forest - Learn about Asilomar's unique Monterey pine forest ecology and the trees' struggle to survive the stresses of logging, cattle grazing, residential construction and population growth. See the ways in which California State Park staff is using a multi-layered approach to preserve and restore Asilomar's native Monterey pine forest. Catch glimpses of the small animals and birds and native plants which call the forest "home". Easy 3/4 mile walk over paved paths and roadways throughout the conference grounds. 35 minutes.
Self-Guided Tour Opportunities for the above three tours are also available:
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