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Elkhorn Slough Calendar

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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.
  • Slough ‘n Easy walk – Join us the second Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a short guided walk from the Visitor Center to the overlook, along a paved and fully accessible path. The pace of this walk is slow with several stops along the way.  There are benches along the trail as well as at the overlook. This tour is also available upon request (Wed-Sun.  9:30-3:30) call the (831) 728-2822.
  • Early Bird Tour - A special birding tour of the Reserve, the first Saturday of the month at 8:30am. JAN 7TH CANCELLED
  • 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.



Volunteer Planting Days at Sand Hill Farm
Saturday, January 7, 2017


For information contact or call (831) 728-5939.

Annual King Tide Walk at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve!
Wednesday, January 11 2017
8:30am – 10:30am
Meet in the Elkhorn Slough Reserve Visitor Center at
8:30am sharp 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA

Join us for an early morning walk with Reserve Research Coordinator, Kerstin Wasson to designated King Tide Sites on the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Bring your camera and help record one of the season’s highest tides!

What: We are pleased to announce that this year Reserve Research Coordinator Kerstin Wasson will lead the walk to several designated King Tide Sites on Elkhorn Slough Reserve.  Kerstin will share her insight on the impacts of sea level rise on the Elkhorn Slough. Participants are invited to bring their cameras and record the effects of the season’s King Tides on natural resources and infrastructure.  Photos will be posted on the California King Tides Initiative website and on the Elkhorn Slough Reserve website. This is a free public event.

Where and When:
8:30 am          Participants will meet at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve
Brief overview
9:00                 Walk to Reserve bridge
                        Photos and discussion about tides
9:45                 Return to cars and depart for
9:50                 Kirby Park
10:10               Hudson Landing
10:30 am        Adjourn

More Details:

  • Event occurs rain or shine
  • Dress for all weather
  • Some walking involved
  • No experience necessary

For more information and to let us know you planning to attend contact Noelle Fletcher,    (831) 728-2822


Elkhorn Slough Research Symposium

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 9 A.M. – 4:30 P.M.
at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories

Description: Bettencourt:Users:katie:Downloads:20160912 sampling2.jpgThe Elkhorn Slough watershed serves as a “living laboratory” for dozens of active research projects. This event will highlight the latest findings on this estuarine ecosystem, enhancing collaboration between researchers, managers, and stakeholders to improve conservation in the region. Presentations will cover a range of topics from water quality to restoration, invasive species to sea otters.

Attendees must register in advance - REGISTER NOW
This event is open to the public and seating is limited. Contact the Elkhorn Slough Foundation at 831.728.5939 with questions.

Attendees will have the option to purchase lunch in advance and we encourage participants to remain on-site for the duration of the event.


Description: Bettencourt:Users:katie:Downloads:image001.jpgWe invite presentations from anyone conducting research in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. Please email to arrange oral or poster presentations.


Evenings on the Estuary

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

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.

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.

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.

Teacher Workshops!
March 4, 11, or 18, 2017

Teachers on the Reserve Workshop
K-12 Teachers! We invite you to attend a one-day workshop that will prepare you to bring your students to the unique outdoor classroom that is the Elkhorn Slough Reserve!

Registration is Open Now! FIND OUT MORE...


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