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Asilomar State Beach & Conference Grounds Tours

Happy Summer!!  While you are vacationing on the Monterey Peninsula, make it a pointRanger Led Tour
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;
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 Ramble
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 content is appropriate for older children.

WHERE: Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove.
Meet at the State Parks desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall (Registration Building).
FREE tour lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Wear comfortable shoes and layers.
No RSVP needed unless you are a group.

July  22,  23,  24
Friday:      9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Saturday:  9:30 a.m.
Sunday:    9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.
July  29,  30,  31
Friday:      10:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Saturday:  10:00 a.m.
Sunday:    10:00 a.m..
NOTE: Rain Cancels

Asilomar Bird Tour

Birdy Feetbird prints

Asilomar Birds and Their Habitat Homes
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.
Meet at the California State Parks desk in the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Social Hall.
FREE tour lasts approximately 1 hour. Wear comfortable shoes and layers. Bring binoculars if available. No RSVP necessary unless you are a group.

August 3, 9:30 AM
August 10, 9:30 AM
August 31, 9:30 AM
NOTE: Rain Cancels

Asilomar State Beach Coast Trail

Dunes Preserve and Coast Trail Hike
Get out and about for an invigorating 'hike' through Asilomar's Natural Dune Preserve and finishing on the Asilomar State Beach Coast Trail. Preservation and management of these natural habitats will be topics discussed along the way. Seals, Sea Otters and Whales are often seen off the Coast Trail. An easy but brisk pace will ensure you work up an appetite for dinner!
WHERE: Meet at the Flag Pole - at the road north of Hearst Social Hall deck. FREE tour lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. Terrain is suitable for older children. No RSVP needed unless you are a group.

JULY Tours: Saturdays, 1:30 p.m. start time.
Tour Dates:
July 30
NOTE: Rain Cancels

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.

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:
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