School-aged children living in Baywood Park may attend any of Los Oso’s three public schools: Baywood Elementary, Monarch Grove Elementary and Los Osos Middle School. Morrow Bay High School and San Luis Obispo High School serve the educational needs of students in grades 9-12. For high school graduates and adult learners who are ready to make the jump into a collegiate learning environment, the county of San Luis Obispo is home to California Polytechnic State University, a nationally recognized public university that houses seven colleges that offer a variety of degrees from engineering, agriculture and architecture. Cal Poly has also received published recognition in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Colleges” in 2008. Other area colleges include Laurus College and Cuesta College.
San Luis Obispo County’s upholders to the economy include tourism, agriculture, and Cal Poly. The county is also a major contributor to the wine industry, ranking third after Sonoma and Napa Counties for wine production. The growing wine country vacation industry is also directly impacted by the wine industry, further contributing to the overall economy of the area.
ATTRACTIONS & POINTS OF INTEREST
Residents of Baywood Park-Los Osos have plenty of points of interest to visit. Baywood Park itself features a charming village atmosphere anchored by art galleries, antique shops, boutiques, restaurants and two waterfront inns. Visitors can also check out the Baywood Park Pier located at 2nd Street and El Morro Avenue. Perfect for enjoying the Californian sunsets, the pier overlooks a lagoon-like estuary and houses a variety of bird life. Visitors can also check out the many species of ducks, egrets, pelicans and many other birds at the Morrow Bay Estuary located at Santa Lucia and 4th Street.
Baywood Park-Los Osos holds a weekly Farmers’ Market that features local, in-season produce and flowers in Baywood Park on Santa Maria Avenue. The Farmers’ Market is truly a treat for residents and newcomers who are looking to experience the community’s effort in supporting home-grown produce. Other annual events that take place throughout the year in Baywood Park-Los Osos include the Annual Morrow Bay Winter Bird Festival, Easter Egg Hunt at Los Osos Community Park, the Memorial Day Celebration and the $50,000 Hole-in-One Memorial Day Golf Shoot-Out, the Taste of South Bay and the Annual Taste of the Central Coast, Pecho Rancho Day – Montaña de Oro, Oktoberfest & Car Show by the Bay, and the Annual Los Osos Christmas Parade.
PARKS & RECREATION
Residents of Baywood Park are surrounded by the many natural wonders of state parks, mountains, forests, and the Morro Bay. Additionally, with many area golf courses such as Dairy Creek, Laguna Lake Municipal, Avila Beach Golf Resort, Sea Pines Golf Resort, Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo Golf & Country Club, residents have a variety of recreational activities that will keep them busy for days on end.
Baywood Park-Los Osos and San Luis Obispo County in general are defined by the surrounding beauty of nature and all of its glory. Parks such as the Elfin Forest, Los Osos Oaks State Reserve, Los Padres National Forest, Sweet Springs Nature Reserve, and Montaña de Oro State Park provide residents with a number of opportunities to go out and explore the landscape, trees, and the nature, equestrian, hiking and biking trails of San Luis Obispo County. Opportunities for observing wildlife such as monarch butterflies from October to March at the Sweet Springs Nature Reserve, and exploring the area’s many species of trees and plant-life such as Pygmy Oaks, mushrooms, and eucalyptus groves are abundant. Visitors should also be wary that some areas contain poison oak along nature trails.
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