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National County Government Month 2017

National County Government Month 2017 was a success! Thank you for your interest and participation.


To celebrate National County Government Month, the County of San Luis Obispo is offering a variety of activities for people to enjoy all across the county. This is an opportunity for us to share the positive impacts our services have on the community we serve.

National County Government Month, held each April, is an annual celebration of county government. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Brilliant Ideas at Work”. Featured events include public guided tours of some of the County’s innovative facilities, programs and projects, including the County Public Health Lab, which has brand-new, state-of-the-art equipment capable of detecting and analyzing infectious diseases.

More information can be found below.

Registration for each activity will close 24 hours prior to the activity's planned date and time, specified below.

 Activities and Tours

dairy creek tours

Dairy Creek Zero-Waste Tours

Thursday, April 11 at 9:30 a.m. (THIS TOUR IS CLOSED)
Saturday, April 29 at 9:30 a.m. 
Dairy Creek Golf Course

Dairy Creek Golf Course sets the national example for eco-friendly golf courses. Get a behind-the-scenes look at how this local course has become a zero-waste facility. All tours will begin at the clubhouse. Register now.  


Fire Station Tours

County Fire Station Tours

Saturday, April 22 at 9 a.m. (REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED. CALL 788-2778 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.) 

Sign up now to tour the fire station tour nearest you:

This hour-long tour will give you a behind-the-scenes look at where the County firefighters sleep, eat, and train. You will get hands on exposure to the tools firefighters use every day. Have you ever wanted to sit behind the wheel of a fire engine, this is your chance! Register now.






Airport tour

Airport Tours                               

Wednesday, April 5 at 3 p.m. (THIS TOUR IS CLOSED)
Wednesday, April 26 at 3 p.m.  (THIS TOUR IS FULL; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)
SLO County Regional Airport

On this hour-long tour, learn about the various aspects of airport operations and go behind-the-scenes to get a rare look at the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport. Due to the special nature of these tours, space is limited and individuals under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a legal guardian. Register now.

Health Lab Tours

County Public Health Lab Tours

Thursday, April 6 at 3 p.m. (THIS TOUR IS CLOSED)
Thursday, April 27 at 3 p.m. (THIS TOUR IS FULL; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)
2191 Johnson Ave., SLO

These free 30-minute tours will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the County’s state-of-the-art lab where skilled lab workers help protect human health and the environment by using systems capable of detecting and analyzing infectious diseases. Wear close-toed shoes and pants, no shorts, skirts or sandals. Register now.



Nature Boat Tour

Nature Boat Tour 

Wednesday, April 12 at 1 p.m. (THIS TOUR IS CLOSED)
Lopez Lake, 6800 Lopez Dr, Arroyo Grande
Explore the far reaches of Lopez Lake on this free two-hour, ranger-led boat tour aboard the park's pontoon boat. Learn about the natural and cultural history, the flora and fauna, and County operations of Lopez Lake. The boat will dock at popular shoreline beaches to allow for helpful litter pick-up and vegetation management for habitat protection. Register now      

County Jail Tours

County Jail Tours

Friday, April 14 at 10 a.m. (THIS TOUR IS CLOSED)                       
Thursday, April 20 at 10 a.m. (THIS TOUR IS FULL; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)        

Take an hour-long guided tour of the County Jail and see first-hand what it’s like to operate a facility of this kind. Learn about some of the ways the Sheriff’s Office is working to reduce recidivism and keep inmates secure. The following items of clothing are not allowed: Strapless or spaghetti strap garments; halter tops; see-through clothing; low neckline tops or tube tops; bare midriffs; skin-tight pants, skirts or shorts; clothing displaying obscene or offensive language or drawings; and/or gang colors or gang-affiliated clothing. No weapons or drugs are allowed. Must be 18 or older. Space is limited. Register now        


Dry Farming Class

Dry Farming Vegetable Gardening Class 

Saturday, April 15 at 10 a.m. (THIS CLASS IS CLOSED)        
The Garden of the Seven Sisters
2156 Sierra Way, SLO             

Water conservation is very important to the people of San Luis Obispo County, which is why we are offering this free course on dry farming for your vegetable garden. In this free two-hour course, learn how to save water and still produce beautiful vegetables at home. Register now.    

Fermentation Class

Fermentation Class  

Saturday, April 22 at 10 a.m. (THIS CLASS IS FULL; REGISTRATION IS CLOSED)
UCCE Auditorium
2156 Sierra Way, SLO
What do kombucha, kimchi, beer, and sauerkraut all have in common? They’re all fermented! In this two-hour class, learn about the various types of fermented food and safe procedures for making them at home. Space is limited. There is a small $5 fee for supplies. Register now