The official website of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
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Upcoming Events!

Upcoming Events

Join the Elkhorn Slough Foundation June 20th for a special event. We’ll listen to Patrice Vecchione talk about and read from her new book Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination & Spirit in Everyday Life, take a nature walk, and have a writing workshop.

Other upcoming events:

May 16 - Birding Walk
May 30 - Morning Kayak Tour
June 2 - Water Quality Workshop
June 20 - Poetry in Nature

See our calendar for more information and all the details about registering.

About Water Quality

Water Quality Report Card

The Elkhorn Slough Reserve has been monitoring water quality for decades.  There are more than 20 different locations that host water quality monitoring equipment and teams of researchers and volunteers collect additional data monthly.  This data has supported articles in peer-review scientific journals (see Estuaries and Coasts, 2010) and the recently released Water Quality Report Card

An objective of Elkhorn Slough Foundation's land trust work is to further protect the slough’s waters by restoring the hillsides surrounding this rare area.  The data collected by the Reserve’s researchers helps to understand the impacts and the results of our work. Find out more...

Slough Stewards Kayaking Trip

Slough Stewards

This year we’ve engaged a dedicated group of North Monterey County High School students and their teacher to explore the slough.  The students have helped researchers on fish counts and the stewardship team with clean-up, oak tree caging, and plantings.  Each event broadens the students understanding of this amazingly rare environment, which is their neighborhood. 

Recently the group took their first kayak trip of the slough.  It was the perfect way to let them observe the marine life that call the slough home too. Check out our Facebook page for more photos of the fun.

Researcher Earns National Award


For his research into how the wetland ecosystems of Elkhorn Slough are affected by excess nutrients, Reserve researcher Brent Hughes received NOAA's prestigious Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study.

Just over a year ago, Brent made national (and international) news for innovative research on how sea otters enhance the health of eelgrass.

Congratulations, Brent!

Read more about his research here.

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