Serving as a resource for our community is part of our purpose and a key opportunity for you to learn more about the amazing Elkhorn Slough.

Engaging Local Schools

Inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders is essential to ensure the health of the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed long in to the future. The Elkhorn Slough Foundation has two youth outreach programs that partner with local schools to provide nature-based learning opportunities. The Slough Crew at North Monterey County High School engages high school students in our environment. The Carneros Creek Outdoor Classroom provides a space for Hall Elementary School to hold classes outdoors under an ancient oak.

Supporting the Arts

Debby Kaspari painting at Elkhorn Slough

The Elkhorn Slough Artist in Residence Program is hosted by the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation to inspire our community to have a greater connection with the Elkhorn Slough and its watershed. Find out more about this program…

Also, This year the Porter Ranch will again hosts artists during the Open Studio Art Tour.

Public Events

The Elkhorn Slough Reserve and Foundation host a number of public events throughout the year.  See our online Calendar for upcoming events at the Elkhorn Slough.

  • Community Events – Look for the Reserve and Foundation at a number of local community events to learn more about our activities.
  • Elkhorn Slough Reserve’s Open House – Annual event in celebration of National Estuaries Day offering special walking tours, guest speakers, and family focused fun. This year’s event is September 23rd. Save the Date!
  • Evenings at the EstuaryQuarterly lecture series on trending environmental topic. See our calendar for upcoming Evenings at the Estuary.
  • Elkhorn Slough Foundation events – Throughout the year the Foundation hosts a range of events to share the slough and our conserved lands.


Volunteers are a vital part of our Elkhorn Slough community. They help out at the Reserve, contribute greatly to stewardship projects on ESF properties, Moss Landing State Beach, and Kirby Park, community clean-up days and so much more. Have time to help?  Learn more about volunteering!