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Garden, then play, on California's Central Coast

September 06, 2013|By Chris Erskine
  • As part of vacation package, volunteers pitch in on California park projects on the Central Coast.
As part of vacation package, volunteers pitch in on California park projects… (San Luis Obispo Vacations )

By now, you may be familiar with Central Coast volunteer vacations. You volunteer to go on vacation? Well, yes.

As part of your trip, each day you will spend a few hours volunteering your time on various state park projects. Tasks include collecting seeds of endangered plants and removal of invasive vegetation, even caring for the remarkable gardens of Hearst Castle.

The volunteer vacations blend this work with recreational outings along the majestic Central Coast, such as nature walks and kayaking.

The three- and four-day packages start at $595, and pricing depends on your choice of hotel in San Luis Obispo.

Proceeds from this vacation program will be used to support Nature Corps’ student volunteers. A portion of the fee will be tax-deductible.  

Here's the schedule of upcoming tours:

Rockin’ Harvest Voluntour -- Nov. 1-3
Central Coast Surf Festival and Eco-Voluntour -- Nov. 7-10
Valentine’s Day Voluntour -- Feb. 14-16
Spring Break Fund Voluntour -- March 27-30
Earth Day Voluntour -- April 17-20
Mother’s Day Voluntour -- May 8-11
SLO Voluntour and Roll Out the Barrels -- June 19-22

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