Spring '17 Tour of the Cal Poly Pier Announced

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It's that time again. 

Central Coast residents are invited to attend the Spring 2017 Cal Poly Pier Open House event in Avila Beach. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 6.  

Attendees of the annual open house event are treated to a tour that features interactive displays, microscopes for viewing ultra-small sea creatures, a "discover SCUBA" experience and more.

Cal Poly professors and students will be on hand to explain their ongoing research into local marine life, including Morro Bay's ecosystem, sustaining local fisheries and mapping ocean currents on the Central Coast.

The Cal Poly Pier is a little more than a half-mile long (1.2 miles round trip), and displays will be located at the ocean end. Safety rules require that everyone admitted to the pier wear closed-toe walking shoes (no flip-flops or high heels).

The Cal Poly Pier is located on Avila Beach Drive, just west of the San Luis Creek Bridge. Parking is very limited near the pier. Pier tour attendees are encouraged to park in the public parking lots in Avila Beach and walk to the pier.

The pier supports field research for Cal Poly’s Center for Coastal Marine Sciences and the SLOSEA program. Since its donation to the university in 2001 by Unocal, now Chevron Corp., the pier has been used by 1,500 students per year for classes or research activities.

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