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You Can Help Create a New Future

Monterey County Gives! Campaign

Monterey County Gives!The Monterey County Gives! campaign established by the Monterey County Weekly has helped ESF install the first OtterCam watching wild sea otters, combat invasive Cape Ivy, and inspire the next generation of conservationists. 

This year, your contributions will help create a new future for an iconic California ranch house.  Your donations will go further when you make a gift through MCGives.  The Weekly provides a match for every gift AND this year a donor will double each contribution received up to $30,000. The MCGives! campaign runs through Dec. 31st. Learn more about our BIG IDEA and please DONATE.

And the Winner Is...

Calendar Cover Contest

The votes are in! We thank our Facebook community for all the great comments and votes.

Congratulations to Jessie Chambers, this photo will be on the cover of the 2016 Elkhorn Slough Calendar!!


First Bus Fund Grants Awarded

Bus Fund

In January the Reserve and Foundation started a Bus Fund to help local schools cover the expenses of bringing classes to the Reserve.  With your donations collected in the Visitor Center and the gift of an anonymous donor, the Bus Fund was able to award its first set of grants.  Nearly 1,000 students, grades 2 to 12, from nine different schools will be exploring and discovering the wonders of the slough this spring as part of this program. 

The next time you visit the Reserve, please help us continue our Bus Fund and drop a few dollars into the Bus Fund donation box.  Your generosity could make the difference of a school class having a field trip to the Reserve.

Stewardship Tips for the Winter

Education transportation grants at the Reserve

With the prediction of an El Nino this year, our stewardship teams have been preparing the lands for heavy rains.  During the next couple of months we are going to save this space on our home page to share some tips for preparing your land for the winter.  Nothing too involved just some simple ideas from our experts.

Here’s the first one:  Have a fence located on a hillside?  Consider protecting the posts by placing sandbags on the uphill side and loosely curve the sandbag around the post to divert water and run-off away around the it.

Check back for more tips during the upcoming weeks.


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