Coast Ecotourism Guide

Mendocino County residents are fiercely protective of their forests, coastline, rivers, air, vineyards, and food. We’re the center of the raw food movement. “Organic” is every chef’s middle name. Our county proudly became the first in the U.S. to prohibit the growth of genetically-modified organisms (GMO). Sustainable agriculture is a widespread practice among our vineyard owners and 25 per cent of 15,500 vineyard acres are certified organic.

At the same time, we want people to enjoy the Mendocino Coast — a world class environment for the ecotourist.

Birding: coast, forests

Bird WalksThe Mendocino Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) conducts many birding field trips throughout the year. Details can be found in the Calendar of Events. Every month two Bird Walks are held at the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, led by an MCAS member. These are scheduled year round on the 1st Saturday at 9:00 AM, and the 3rd Wednesday at 8:00 AM, of each month and are held light-rain or shine. For information call 964-6835.

Canoeing/Kayaking: ocean and river

Catch a Canoe and Bicycles Too – rent or buy kayaks or canoes for trips down Big River, the only major undeveloped navigable estuary remaining in Northern California.

Cycling: beaches, forest, state parks

Try this trip: biking in Jackson Forest.

Catch a Canoe and Bicycles Too – rent or purchase top rated bikes; mechanics customize bikes; trail maps provided for state parks and Jackson State Forest.

Surfing: something for beginners and veterans

Subsurface Progression Dive Shop – a complete Dive Center and Surf Shop offering abalone diving equipment sales and rentals, SCUBA gear, Kayak sales and rental; also locations and advice provided.

Camping and Conservation: Into the Woodlands

Mendocino Woodland Camp Association – The Mendocino Woodlands is a group camping facility that is also a National Historic Landmark. A place for an uncommon vacation, as described by the Woodland’s website: “For a truly special, different experience, come and spend your vacation at the Mendocino Woodlands State Park. Here is a place of great beauty where dreams take shape via music, dance, self-realization and nature studies. You can join any of several group camps that offer studies in traditional music, dance, songs and oral traditions of America and many other countries, as well as other activities studying various cultures, including crafts, language, history and cuisine. Families and adults come here for an exciting and educational experience in the redwoods. The many, diverse events promote cultural understanding and are just plain fun.”

Wildlife Preserves

Dr. Frank and Judy Mello have won acreditation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for their private animal preserve, the B Bryan Preserve in Point Arena, which is home to Sable, Roan and Greater Kudu Antelope as well as rare and endangered Grevy’s Zebra and Hartmann’s Mountain Zebra

Zebras at B. Bryan PreserveOnly the very best zoos and aquariums can meet tough Association of Zoos and Aquariums standards, said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy, in a press release provided to

Mendocino Outdoors is the premier guide to outdoor activities on the Mendocino CoastMendocino Outdoors, the premier guidebook for outdoor fun and adventure on the Mendocino Coast, has been updated in 2017 as an ebook for the 5th Edition. You can buy a copy at, the Apple iBooks Bookstore, Amazon’s Kindle Books, and Barnes & Noble's online store.

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