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The City of San Luis Obispo is proud of its natural setting.  In 1995, to bring greater guidance and a more proactive approach to the City's resource protection efforts, the Natural Resources Protection Program was created.  The fundamental purpose of the program is to conserve, enhance, and restore important community natural resources. 


Today, the City of San Luis Obispo:

  • Operates 12 large (30-700 acres) open space lands that are available for passive recreation. The City additionally operates numerous smaller areas.

  • Holds 9 major conservation easements for habitat, recreational, and agricultural purposes.

  • Continues restoration activities in many areas of open space lands and along San Luis Obispo Creek.

Recent Updates:

Between August and October you may see posted links to an open space survey or small groups of CalPoly students gathering data at our various City open space properties.


These students are working under the direction of Dr. William Riggs from the Cal Poly City and Regional Planning Department to gather information about our open spaces to help quantify the characteristics of users and how they access open space.


We would like to invite you to take the survey.  Please follow this link or locate a QR code at the entrances to each open space.


Thank you for helping us better understand how City open space is being used.  Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to be in touch with Bob Hill, Natural Resources Manager, at (805) 781-7211 or

Laguna Lake Natural Reserve Conservation Plan - Plans, Presentations, and Background Documents

Review the following Open Space Conservation Plans:

Wildflowers of San Luis Obispo, CA


Color photos of more than 290 wildflowers that grow in and around the City of San Luis Obispo appear in this field guide, developed by the City of San Luis Obispo Natural Resources Program and the San Luis Obispo chapter of the California Native Plant Society. To purchase a copy for $14.00, visit the Finance counter in City Hall. If you would like to have the book shipped, please send a check for $16.00 to:

City Of San Luis Obispo, Natural Resources
990 Palm St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

Natural Resources Manager
Robert Hill

City Biologist
Freddy Otte

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