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Discover the Coast @ Pacific Grove

Waves from the Pacific Ocean hit rocks off the shoreline and spray into the air.

Sharing borders with the Monterey Bay, City of Monterey, Pacific Ocean, and the Del Monte Forest, this coastal community offers breathtaking view and recreational activities.

It’s all in the heart of the Monterey Peninsula, with its many attractions, abundant natural resources and beautiful access to the California Coast.

Insider Tips


Visit coastal scrub, chaparral, and oak woodland ecosystems located in the Native Plant Garden exhibit at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History.  Take your picture inside the "spirit nest", an interactive art piece of interwoven oak, plum, and willow boughs, big enough to hold four people. 


Take coastal trail walks along Asilomar State Beach, a narrow one-mile strip of sandy beach and rocky coves.


Discover the Asilomar Natural Dune Preserve native plant greenhouse where more than 450,000 plants representing 25 species have been grown and planted in the dunes and coastal bluffs (across from Asilomar State Beach).


Scan the waters in the Monterey Bay, you may see a humpback, grey, or blue whale.


Take a stroll through Pacific Grove's historic downtown with buildings dating back to the early 1900's. 


Learn about the miraculous and unique annual cycle of western monarch butterflies at the Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary.  Discover why Pacific Grove is nicknamed "Butterfly Town, U.S.A."


Hike, bike, and ride horses on 86 miles of rugged trails at the Fort Ord National Monument.

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Discover the Coast @ Pacific Grove

SCIENCE SATURDAY: Identification Day
Saturday, April 25, 2015, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, 163 Forest Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 
Museum admission is FREE for all guests on Science Saturday

Bring your shells, rocks, insects, feathers, bones, and plants to Science Saturday Identification Day! Natural science experts from the Bureau of Land Management will do their best to identify those mystery objects in our natural world. Archaeologists will be on hand to tell you more about your mysterious garage sale find or attic discovery.

Things to Do:

  • Make a field guide
  • Identify bird calls
  • Learn from the experts

The event is free and open to guests of all ages. Learn more on the Pacific Grove Museum website and follow the activities on Facebook and Instagram .

Sponsored by the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History. For more information, call (831) 648-5718 or visit

Bureau of Land Management
California Coastal National Monument
20 Hamilton Court
Hollister, CA 95023-2535
Phone: (831) 630-5006
fax: (831) 630-5055
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