San Luis Obispo

MPA Collaborative


The San Luis Obispo Collaborative brings together non-profits, educational institutions, fishermen, and local government agencies to share resources for local MPA outreach, enforcement, and monitoring.


Discover Marine Protected Areas – California Coastal Explorer Guide

A 16-page children’s activity booklet developed and distributed by the SLO MPA Collaborative. The booklet features fun activities that educate its readers on MPAs, wildlife, ocean safety, recreational opportunities and more. After completing the activity booklet, be sure to take the short online quiz (access below) to earn your personalized MPA Steward Certificate.

¡A descubrir áreas marinas protegidas!, guía del explorador costero de California

¡A descubrir áreas marinas protegidas!, guía del explorador costero de California, es un cuadernillo de 16 páginas con actividades para niños creado y distribuido por SLO MPA Collaborative que cuenta con actividades entretenidas que les enseñan a sus lectores sobre las áreas marinas protegidas, la seguridad en el océano, las oportunidades recreativas y mucho más. Luego de completar las actividades del cuadernillo, asegúrate responder un breve cuestionario (puedes acceder a él debajo) para obtener tu certificado personalizado de guardián de áreas marinas protegidas.

San Luis Obispo MPA Videos

To increase visitors’ understanding of MPAs, the SLO MPA Collaborative worked with Visitor TV and San Luis Obispo State Parks to produce two videos highlighting MPAs as beautiful places to explore while visiting San Luis Obispo County. These videos are aired multiple times daily in two key outlets: Visitor TV’s Hotel Network and Visitor TV’s San Luis Obispo Airport Network.

MPA Videos “Lessons Learned”

The SLO MPA Collaborative put together a “lessons learned” document to guide other Collaboratives’ work as they pursue video projects.

Mini-ROV Expeditions

Marine Protected Area (MPA) Collaborative Members statewide are field-testing Trident mini-ROVs (remotely operated vehicles or underwater drones) in collaboration with SoFar Ocean, National Geographic and the S.E.E. Initiative. More information about Collaborative expeditions focusing on MPA outreach, compliance, and citizen science projects can be found on our Resources page.

Be sure to follow the San Luis Obispo Expeditions below on National Geographic’s digital field journal platform, Open Explorer. 

San Luis Obispo MPA Collaborative Leadership Team

Cara O’Brien

SLO MPA Collaborative Co-Chair


District Interpretive Program Manager,
CA State Parks

Gordon Hensley

SLO MPA Collaborative Co-Chair


Executive Director,
San Luis Obispo Coastkeeper

Haylee Bautista

SLO MPA Collaborative Co-Chair

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Rachel Pass

SLO MPA Collaborative Co-Chair


Communications and Outreach Coordinator,
Morro Bay National Estuary Program

San Luis Obispo MPA Collaborative Members

Are you interested in joining the San Luis Obispo Collaborative? Please reach out to the Co-Chairs.

This page was last updated 10/02/2019