MPA Interpretive Videos

Video can be an effective avenue for reaching diverse audiences, so with the assistance of Kip Evans from Mountain and Sea Productions, a number of video products have been created to provide a virtual experience of the wonders of the Central Coast MPAs from afar. Full resolution versions of the videos posted below are available, please contact us if you are interested in receiving copies.

Interpretive Videos

Several 10-17 minute films have been produced to highlight the MPAs in the Central California Coast region.

California's Hope Spots, Riding a Wave of Change

This 10-minute film is a celebration of the central coast MPAs, featuring iconic places, charismatic species and compelling messages of hope from spokespeople working in these special protected areas.

A Wave of Change

A Wave of Change is a 10 minute film highlighting the MLPA designation and the new network of Central Coast MPAs was produced by Mountain and Sea Productions. The video showcases underwater footage of kelp forests, wetland areas, and offers dialogue with expert scientists to share with their perspectives on the importance of California’s MPA network. También está disponible en español

Travels with Central Coast Photographers Part I

This 17-minute travel documentary film with central coast photographer Doug Steakley highlights several photographic opportunities along the central California coast and provides the viewer with technical advice for producing great photographs.

Travels with Central Coast Photographers Part II

This 17-minute travel documentary film with central coast photographer Doug Steakley highlights several photographic opportunities along the central California coast and provides the viewer with technical advice for producing great photographs.

Short Videos (3-4 Minutes)

Several 3 minute videos are being produced by Kip Evans of Mountain and Sea Productions to highlight particular MPA sites, provide exciting interpretive introductory information for potential visitors, and allow those unable to visit the area an opportunity to experience the wonders of the coast from afar.

California's Sea Change: A Network of Hope Spots

Sylvia Earle, marine biologist and ocean explorer, highlights California’s landmark effort to establish a statewide network of marine protected areas.

Elkhorn Slough

Elkhorn Slough is one of the largest and last remaining coastal wetlands in California. It is one of only 17 estuarine reserves in the US. Located at the center of Monterey Bay, it is home to all kinds of wildlife – otters, sea lions, 350 species of birds, fish and hundreds of invertebrates. In 2008 it was also designated as a marine protected area. También está disponible en español

Point Sur

Pt. Sur lighthouse is a California State Historic Park. It sits atop a dramatic volcanic rock along the Big Sur coast. Its beacon guides ships along the treacherous Central California Coast. Established in 1889, the lightstation has a colorful past including shipwrecks, ghost stories, and tales of family hardship. In 2008, its offshore waters were designated as a marine protected area.

Tide Pools

If you haven’t been to a tide pool lately, the central California coast boasts some of the finest anywhere on earth. Tide pools are important to hundreds of plants and animals, especially young organisms. Learn about nudibranches, sea stars, shore birds and some of the historical characters that first studied these rocky pools.

Conversations with Central Coast Photographers: Chuck Davis

Professional photographer Chuck Davis shares his views on shooting along the central California coast and in marine protected areas like Point Lobos. Photographer Kip Evans hosts.

Conversations with Central Coast Photographers: Bryant Austin

Professional photographer Bryant Austin shares his unique skill of capturing and producing life size photographs of whales and shares his view on the importance of marine protected areas to these animals. Photographer Kip Evans hosts.

Conversations with Central Coast Photographers: Frank Balthis

Professional photographer Frank Balthis shares his views on shooting along the central California coast and in marine protected areas like Ano Nuevo. Photographer Kip Evans hosts.

The mission of the California’s Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Initiative is to enhance MPA education through enduring partnerships to empower Californians to protect what they know and love.