The Oceano Dunes District Visitor Center is located at 555 Pier Avenue, at the entrance to the Oceano Campground. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the visitor center to learn more about the park and pick up a free park map brochure as they plan their adventure for the Oceano Dunes SVRA. Knowledgeable State Park Staff are available to answer questions and kids can pick up a free activity booklet. Open daily from 12pm-4pm.
Summer 2021 Interpretive Programs
Campfire Programs at the North Beach Campfire Center
Join State Park Interpreters around the campfire on Saturday nights for fun and interactive presentations about local wildlife and cultural topics. All ages welcome.
Junior Ranger Program
Children ages 7-12 are invited to become Jr. Rangers at Pismo State Beach! Join our Interpretive Park Rangers for fun activities as you learn about the outdoors! At your first Junior Ranger program you will get a logbook and badge. Programs are offered in the Oceano Campground Campfire Center and the North Beach Campfire Center on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30am.
Virtual Program Alternatives
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Oceano Dunes District Interperters have adapted learning materials to be accesible online in digital formats. For links to our recorded Junior Ranger, Little Ranger, and Campfire Program Videos, please visit our District YouTube Channel and visit our Education Programs Page for handouts and online material to print at home for your children.
In the summer of 2019, the Oceano Dunes SVRA launched an OHV Junior Ranger Program for children ages 7-12 years old. Children are invited to join California State Park Interperters for fun and engaging lessons to learn more about rider safety.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions on in-person programming, the OHV Junior Ranger Program is currently on hold until further notice. Free downloadable activity guides on this topic can be found in the links below!
Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students (PORTS) Programs provides K-12 students the opportunity to connect with the diverse cultural, natural, and historic resources of our State through virtual field-trip experiences. The Oceano Dunes SVRA is excited to offer a new PORTS Program titled "Discovering the Dunes". During the live video conference, State Park Interpeters will immerse students into the coastal sand dune habitat. Students will learn about sand dune formation and the rock cycle, in addition to discovering what animals have adapted to survive in this habitat.
Teachers who are interested in registering their class for this FREE virtual field trip experience, can register online at https://www.ports-ca.us/ports-on-demand/oceano-dunes-svra
The objective of the Oceano Dunes Junior Lifeguard Program is to provide quality water safety education. Further, the program is designed to improve young people's physical conditioning, their understanding and respect for the environment, and their respect for themselves, their peers and their parents.
Recreational objectives are accomplished by instruction and practice in open water swimming, paddle boarding, body surfing, body boarding, surfboard riding, skin diving, and self rescue. Respect for the environment is increased by the understanding gained by the student’s daily physical contact with the environment and through lecture and discussion of pertinent marine and environmental topics. Increased respect for themselves is gained through the student’s personal progress and pride in self-accomplishment. Respect for others is increased by the student’s constant contact with compassionate Instructors and by working with other youths in a team-building environment.
For more information, visit the Junior Lifeguard Program Page.
Augmented Reality Coloring Sheets
California State Park Coloring Pack on QuiverVision: https://quivervision.com/education-coloring-packs/California-State-Parks-(QE)