Thank you for planning a school group visit with us. Volunteer docents can be available to escort your group through the Piedras Blancas rookery. Please take a few moments to prepare for your great day, and then submit a Field trip request.
- Plan at least 45 minutes for your visit, as docents are traveling to the rookery specifically for you.
- Please give us 3 weeks to coordinate your visit with our volunteer docents.
- A volunteer will contact you to confirm your trip.
- There are no facilities at the Piedras Blancas rookery. For lunch and snacks, we recommend Hearst State Beach, located across Highway 1 from the Hearst Castle entrance. Hearst State Beach has a large, grassy area, flush toilets and picnic tables. Drinking water is available adjacent to the Coastal Discovery Center in the park.
- The wind is usually calm in the morning and gusty in the afternoon and temperatures may vary. You can check current weather conditions here.
- Don't forget hats and sunscreen.
- We strive to incorporate California Life Science Standards when guiding school groups, however the life of the northern elephant seal will be the focus of your visit. Find out more.
- Email us with your unanswered questions.
- Visit the LiveCam for a preview of your visit.
- Print your map.
- Submit your request.