Saturday Science with the Coastal Discovery Center

Seals on Pedras Blancas beach near San Simeon, CA

Bring the whole family every Saturday in August for hands-on learning and fun at Saturday Science with the Coastal Discovery Center! Just a 5-minute walk from the Discovery Center, Broughton’s boutique hotel The Morgan is the perfect place to stay for a weekend getaway in San Simeon.


About Saturday Science

The Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay opened in 2006 as a joint venture between the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and California State Parks. The Discovery Center acts as a wealth of information, offering visitors the opportunity to learn about the natural and cultural treasures of the region and the role sanctuaries, parks and the public play in protecting these treasures for future generations.


So, with that being said, what better way to spend your day than exploring and learning? Every Saturday in July and August you and your entire family can participate in Saturday Science- A guided informational program presented by the Coastal Discovery Center highlighting 3 interesting topics:


Marine Mammals:

Learn how to identify local marine mammals, what you should so if you see a sick or injured seal, sea lion or otter, and what you can do to keep these animals healthy. Join us for a lively presentation with real fur pelts, skulls and bones, followed by a walk to the pier to look for sea otters, harbor seals and other marine mammals that visit the bay!

  • When: July 9th, August 6th, and August 27th
  • Program fee: $2/person


Pier Safari:

Explore marine life in San Simeon Cove, from the largest residents to the smallest. Bring your binoculars to look for marine birds and mammals. Fish for plankton off the pier and learn the important role they play in the San Simeon Cove food web. Discover how marine life of the cove has influenced its rich history. A limited number of binoculars and field guides will be available to use.

  • When: July 16th, July 30th, and August 20th
  • Program fee: $2/person


Beach Exploration:

Learn about the mysteries of San Simeon Cove by beachcombing with marine biologists. Find out what causes high and low tides and investigate the animals and algae cast up on the beach. During low tide, explore invertebrate communities that live between the tides. Buckets and gloves will be provided for those who would like to help clean up the beach on the way back!

  • When: July 23rd & August 13th
  • Program fee: $2/person


Reservations are required for all guided programs and can be made in advance by calling (805) 927-6575. On the day of the program, all visitors should meet at 11am at the Coastal Discovery Center at W.R. Hearst State Beach across from Hearst Castle, west of Highway 1. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


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Saturday Science with the Coastal Discovery Center

Where: The Coastal Discovery Center– San Simeon, CA

When: Saturdays, July-August @ 11am



Where to Stay

The Morgan

A boutique jewel nestled along California’s scenic Central Coast, The Morgan welcomes you with a warmth and personality all its own. As the favorite choice in Hearst Castle hotels, The Morgan at San Simeon is located only 4-miles from the Visitor Center. 9135 Hearst Drive, San Simeon, CA 93452. 805.927.3878.