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Legacy of Learning Architectural Walk

Free Asilomar Architecture Walk and Talk led by California State Parks Interpreter Lisa Bradford. Part of the Pacific Grove Public Library's  2018 "Built for Books" lecture and tour series celebrating 110 years of public library access.
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

Next Two Tours are May 19 and June 16

Asilomar Conference Grounds
800 Asilomar Ave. Pacific Grove
Meet at the flagpole - No RSVP needed!

One of three monthly tours focused on the lasting legacy of learning and architecture at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds.
Tour is approximately one hour long - comfy shoes and a sweater or light coat recommended. Appropriate for children 10 and older.

For additonal information visit: https://www.pacificgrovelibrary.org/about-library

Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds Tours

Every Day is a Walk in the Park at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds!!

While you are vacationing on the Monterey Peninsula, make it a point
to take a free tour at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds with California State Parks!
Park staff and docent-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.


Current Month Tour Schedule listed below.
For additional information: Phone: (831) 646-6443;
email:
Asilomar.Interp@parks.ca.gov.
NOTE: Tours are subject to staff availability. Visit the State Park desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall for
posted times of regular public tours offered during your stay at Asilomar. 

Asilomar TourASILOMAR RAMBLE
Our most popular tour, the Asilomar Ramble is an overview of the early days of Asilomar, Julia Morgan Architecture, and the YWCA legacy at Asilomar.  The Ramble is an easy walk over paved paths and roadways covering the "Historic Core" of the conference grounds. Tour content is appropriate for children 8 and older.

WHERE: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove. FREE tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes and layers. Content appropriate for children 8 and older. No RSVP needed - first come, first served. 
Meet at the CA State Parks desk inside the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall. Rain Cancels.

NOTE: Groups of ten or more will require a separate tour time - contact the State Park Office: 831-646-6443.

May 2018 Ramble Tours @ 10:00 AM

Fridays:  5/11; 5/25 - no 5/4 or 5/18

Saturdays:  5/5; 5/12; 5/26 (see information for special Library Tour on 5/19 above)

Sundays:  5/6; 5/20; 5/27 - no 5/13


ASILOMAR BIRDS AND THEIR HABITAT HOMES

Asilomar Bird Tour

Birdy Feetbird prints
Join Asilomar Environmental Resources staff person, Amanda Preece, to discover how the approximately 60 different bird species at Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds utilize their respective habitats - from Piney Woods to Surf and Shore!
Topics include: Which are the most commonly seen birds and how do I identify them? What are the birds' natural history? Where are the Asilomar birding spots to check out?

WHERE: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove.
Wear comfortable shoes and layers. Bring binoculars if available. FREE tour lasts approximately 1 hour. No RSVP necessary. Family friendly tour.
Meet at the California State Parks desk inside the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall. Rain cancels.

NOTE: Groups of ten or more will require a separate tour time - contact the State Park Office: 831-646-6443.

MAY BIRD TOURS
All Wednesdays in May at 10:00 a.m. - No RSVP needed

 

  Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve Walk


Asilomar State Beach Coast Trail

Get out and about for an invigorating walk through Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve.
Preservation, conservation and management of the 25 acres of remaining dune habitat of what was once 480 acres. State Parks staff will share natural and cultural stoies of the dune ecosystem. The Dunes Boardwalk trail is approximately 1/2 mile long, and is accessbile by both wheelchairs and walkers.
Saturday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. FREE tour lasts approximately 50 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. No RSVP needed - first come, first served.  Family Friendly tour.  Meet at Flagpole north of Hearst Social Hall. Rain Cancels.

NOTE: Groups of ten or more will require a separate tour time - contact the State Park Office: 831-646-6443. 

May Tours: Saturdays at 1:30 p.m. 
5/12; 5/19; 5/26 - no 5/5

 


*** FREE GROUP TOURS FOR CONFERENCE GROUPS *** 
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 Interpreter for details: (831) 646-6443.

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.

FREE GROUP TOURS FOR SCHOOLS
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. We need to be sure you are not double-booking the tide pool or beach areas with other groups.

Tight Schedule? Self-Guided Tour Opportunities are also available:
Discover our Self-Guided Tours