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Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteer Classes

An Introductory training class will be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 from 9:30am - 4:00pm. This class is for anyone interested in learning more about volunteering at the Reserve, and for those wanting to help with our research, stewardship or other non-public projects.


Naturalist Training classes will be conducted as a three-part series each Saturday in February 2016 — February 6, 13, & 20, 2016 from 9:30am - 4:00pm.

All classes will be held at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville.  For more information or to receive an application, contact Amanda Ankenbrandt at (831)728-2822.

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Restoring and Improving California's Native Habitat

Eucalyptus Restoration Project

Ecological Reserves are established to preserve a location’s natural environment allowing current and future generations of visitors to explore and enjoy the land’s native flora and fauna.  As we work to maintain the beauty and uniqueness of the California coast setting, we restore and improve the habitats found on the Reserve. 

A project currently on the horizon at the Reserve is to restore native grassland and coast live oak groves that throughout decades were displaced by non-native invasive eucalyptus trees.  The removal of selected eucalyptus groves will enhance habitat for threatened species of amphibians especially the Santa Cruz long-toed salamander and California red-legged frog, while still maintaining other eucalyptus trees. 

This science-based restoration project has been years in the planning and, once started, will take approximately 10 years to complete.  Learn more and see a map of this restoration project. Find out more...

Rain Postpones January 9th Event


Join us February 27th 10am - 1pm for a special volunteer planting event. We will meet at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve then drive out to the planting site.

If you are interested in attending the event, contact Andrea at or call the Reserve at (831) 728-2822.

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Geo-Tagged Oak Adoption

Adopt an Oak

This year you can give a truly green gift... a geo-tagged tree featuring your name or your honoree's name.  Watch the tree grow and mature online and know that you are supporting the growth of a new oak woodland. 

Adoptions include the geo-tagged tree identified with your name, the Google Earth link, and printable "Adoption Certificate" with your name and the honoree's name. 

Give green and Adopt an Oak.


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