Shark Eggs are Cool!


“Conservation” and “sustainability” are mega buzzwords floating around right now when it comes to anything and everything “environmental.” Some people may think any such efforts must be large, grand scheme, national endeavors that only happen in large cities.  Well, this is not always the case. One local organization, the Avila Beach Sea Life Center (SLC), has big conservation goals and is dedicated to “inspiring people to be connected to the ocean and the life through education and community outreach.

SLC is open to everyone, and boasts a team of sea life experts committed to one common goal: “providing programs that are beneficial and educational to the community.” SLC, also formerly known as the Avila Beach Marine Institute, has been around since 1994. During that time SLC has fostered beneficial and lasting relationships with local non-profits, school districts and businesses in the community to help further their mission of marine education. And yes – They have shark eggs!

SLC has a variety of options and programs for educators, students and ocean enthusiasts looking to take a more active role in the marine world, such as floating adventures, summer camps and personalized programs.

Beach Butlerz encourages you to contact the SLC and experience some of their educational adventures.  For more information and contact information, visit the SLC website.

Cheers,

Beach Butlerz

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Happy Trails in the Happiest Town


The increasingly warmer temperatures Central California will be experiencing  this weekend (80 degrees in Avila?!) serve as a reminder that beach (and bikini!) season is just around the corner. Those warmer temperatures also encourage residents and visitors to spend more time outside being active (and tone up before summer gets here!).

If you’re like us here at BeachButlerz, we love finding new hiking trails and bike routes to whip us into shape. Below we have shared some of our favorite local routes. If you’re favorite trail isn’t listed below then please share it with us! Happy [outdoor] exercising!

1) The Bob Jones Trail: this is a great option for people of all fitness levels and ages. You can run, walk, bike or roller blade on a serene, secluded path all the way to Avila Beach.

2) Bishop Peak: If you live in SLO you’ve certainly heard of Bishop’s Peak before. This hike can be strenuous, so be prepared to sweat and workout if you attempt it. Once you get to the top, though, the view is worth the pain.

3) Valencia Peak: Montana de Oro is a gem hidden on the Central Coast, and it boasts some of the most beautiful trails in this area. The hike is a total of 5 miles round trip, but the view from the top offers panoramic views of the coastline and state park. A must try for anyone who has the time.

Enjoy the view.

Beach Butlerz

Got a ZAM Ocean Project?


As concern mounts regarding the annihilation of our oceans and marine life, organizations are springing up to advocate for conservation of the sea world. One such organization is the Ocean Project.

 

The Ocean Project’s aim is to “help [their] Partners (zoos, aquariums, museums- ZAMs) effectively educate and communicate for conservation action.” When the Ocean Project first began in the 1990’s only a few North American aquariums wanted to be a part of its mission—now it’s grown to the “world’s most extensive network for advancing ocean education and action, with nearly 1,300 Partner ZAMs, plus conservation and education organizations, agencies, and institutions in all 50 U.S. states and 80 other countries. “

 

So…what exactly does the Ocean Project do? According to the website for the project, “[the Ocean Project] provides Partners with cutting-edge market research, effective outreach strategies to assist in changing attitudes and behaviors for conservation, and helpful information and tools to increase civic involvement in community conservation activities.”

 

In order to produce this change, the Ocean Project has adopted some major initiatives because “there is a noticeable absence of a large constituency speaking out and taking action for our world’s ocean, its life, and the future generations who will inherit it.” Initiatives the Ocean Project is active with include (click each link for more information). : Conservation Communications Research Initiative, Seas the Day Personal Action Initiative and World Oceans Day.

 

If you know of a ZAM that might be interested in partnering with the Ocean Project, or if you are simply looking for more information about the cause, visit the project’s website or contact them.

In good health to all…

Beach Butlerz