Santa Cruz Collaborative Partners With Mobile Ranger on Marine Protected Area Beaches Tour

The Santa Cruz Collaborative has worked with Bay Area startup Mobile Ranger to create a series of five Marine Protected Area Beaches Tours that tell engaging stories about the history, ecology and geology of Santa Cruz County MPAs.

The first tour tells the history of the iconic Santa Cruz State Beach (and MPA) Natural Bridges. Tours can be accessed via the web, or – ideally – on a smart phone app as visitors drive from one beach to the next.

We hope Mobile Ranger will increase awareness that these spectacular Central Coast beaches are part of the statewide network of marine protected areas – and you can help spread the word!

Mobile Ranger will be promoting MPA Beaches Tours via a series of blog posts, social media, and on their website every Thursday starting July 7th and running through October 2016.

Here’s how you can help promote the tours to your online audience:

Every Thursday morning share Mobile Ranger’s social media:
Facebook: Share Mobile Ranger’s Facebook posts to your audience.
– Twitter: Re-Tweet @Mobile_Ranger
– Instagram: Follow Mobile_Ranger on Instagram, then like the Thursday post
– Google+: +1 and comment on the post
– Questions? Contact Julia Gaudinski:

Add a link to download the app on your website
Download the app: iPhone app store; Google play
– Highlight the beach tour on your home page

Tell your friends and colleagues about the MPA Beaches Tour
Mobile Ranger can provide you with rack cards and holders for your place of business and/or tabling events. Contact Julia Gaudinski if you are interested:


The MPA Beaches Tour spans approximately 47 miles, from Elkhorn Slough at the apex of the Monterey Bay, to Año Nuevo State Park.  It’s a beautiful driving tour, where people learn about elephant seals, shipwrecks, kelp ecology, geology, how native peoples interact with the coast, and more.

The tour is available as one of 17 tours within Mobile Ranger’s free app. Tours are sponsored by the Santa Cruz MPA Collaborative, with support from California Marine Sanctuary Foundation and Resources Legacy Fund.

Santa Cruz Collaborative members contributed their local knowledge to drive the development of these tours, including California Marine Sanctuary Foundation, State Parks, Elkhorn Slough Foundation, Save Our Shores, and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.

This is one of many examples that show how working together in MPA Collaboratives, we can bring interesting and relevant content into the hands of visitors of our coast.

Mobile Ranger looks forward to expanding these tours to other parts of the state, and is exploring funding and partnerships that will help facilitate this. Interested collaborative members should contact Rikki Dunsmore of the California Marine Sanctuary Foundation at

Photo credit: Vadim Kurland/Flickr