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Ongoing public events at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR).
Meet at the Reserve (map). For more information call (831) 728-2822.

  • Tours of the Reserve - Join knowledgeable docents on a tour of the Reserve every Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.
  • Early Bird Tour - A special birding tour of the Reserve, the first Saturday of the month at 8:30am.
  • Volunteer Land Stewards: EVERY WEDNESDAY at 10 AM except holidays. Join a group of hands-on land stewards as we care for sites around the Slough. New volunteers should contact in advance to receive updated event information. Projects and sites change weekly, RSVPs requested from all volunteers. Gloves, tools, and light snacks provided. Call 728-2822 with questions.

Regular Reserve and Visitor Center hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Reserve and Visitor Center are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. When the Reserve is closed you cannot access the trails, restrooms, visitor center, or bookstore.


Reserve Education Volunteer Training
Saturday, August 20 - 9:00am-5:00pm,
Sunday, August 21 - 9:00am-5:00pm &
Wednesday, August 31 - 5:30pm-7:00pm                                                        

Share your passion for the Elkhorn Slough Reserve with youth and school groups by becoming a Reserve Education Volunteer.  As an Education Volunteer you will help visiting K-12 students discover the wonder of nature and, in particular, the wetlands and watershed of the Elkhorn Slough.  Education volunteers lead activities in the Visitor Center, Microscope Learning Lab, and on the trails.  This special two and a half day training will give you the tools you’ll need to engage students and help them learn about this amazing place.

What you will learn:
Saturday, August 20, 2016                                                                                      
Overview of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve                                         
Introduction to Reserve education topics                                    
Exploration of the Reserve trails and Visitor Center

Sunday, August 21
Interaction with Reserve Education kits and lessons
Introduction to the Microscope Learning Lab               

Wednesday, August 31
Education volunteers’ presentations

Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 95076

Our education programs run year round, Tuesday-Sunday; your help is needed to engage the more than 5,000 youths that visit the Reserve annually.  Volunteer schedules are flexible and the Reserve staff will work with you to create a schedule that best fits your availability.

More Information:
Virginia Guhin, Education Coordinator, (831)728-2822,



Evenings on the Estuary
Save the Date for these upcoming events

Elkhorn Slough Reserve and Elkhorn Slough Foundation welcome you to Evenings
at the Estuary — a series of free public events that will help you engage in
important issues that impact our local community. Events in the series are free and open to the public, and will be held at the Reserve after our regular operating hours. We’ll start each evening with a brief nature walk, and our Visitor Center & Bookstore will be open for young ones and their families.

August 11, 2016 5:30–7pm | Changes in a California Estuary

A History of Land Conservation at Elkhorn Slough ESF Executive Director Mark Silberstein, will talk about changing patterns of land use in the Elkhorn Slough watershed, highlighting current acquisitions and efforts to conserve this magical place.

November 9, 2016 5:30–7pm | Pumas in Our Midst
Chris Wilmers, UCSC Wildlife Ecologist and Director of the Santa Cruz Puma Project will discuss mountain lion tracking and conservation in the greater Monterey Bay region, including information about pumas in the Elkhorn Slough.

February 9, 2017 5:30–7pm | Highlights from the Field

ESNERR Research Coordinator Kerstin Wasson will summarize research presented at the Elkhorn Slough Research Symposium (hosted at Moss Landing Marine Labs on January 24), then introduce a featured researcher to discuss their findings.

We look forward to seeing you soon for Evenings at the Estuary!
Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road (near Watsonville)
For more information, call 831.728.5939. This is a free series, with a $5 suggested donation.


Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House
Save the Date for September 24, 2016!

This is always a wonderful family event that includes a native plant sale, special walks, activities for kids and more! Details to come...


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