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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.
  • Early Bird Tour - A special birding tour of the Reserve, the first Saturday of the month at 8:30am.
  • Slow and Easy Tour - A special tour to the overlook at 2:00pm. 831-728-2822
  • NEW! 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.


Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) 2 Day Workshop
June 20 & 21, 2016

9:00 - 4:30 each day

The Elkhorn Slough Reserve is excited to bring this amazing training opportunity to area teachers in summer 2016. Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is grounded in research and field work and is based on a National Teacher Professional Development program supported by NOAA.

Application deadline is June 13, 2016.

This free 2-day workshop will provide:

  1. Hands-on field activities supporting the Estuaries 101 Curriculum
  2. In-depth information about estuaries and other coastal habitats
  3. A chance to work with coastal scientists and educators
  4. The opportunity to bring relevant data into your classroom

For more information about either of these workshops please contact:
Virginia Guhin, Education Coordinator:, (831)728-2822.
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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, 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, 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.

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