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Elkhorn Slough Education Program


Each year the Elkhorn Slough Reserve hosts nearly 4,000 school students who explore the wetlands and oak woodlands, learn about nature, and discover the tiny life in a single drop of water.

We know many more class field trips would happen if there was funding for transportation.  For that reason, the Elkhorn Slough Reserve TransportationFund was created.  The Transportation Mini-Grants (ranging from $50 to $300) are designed to help teachers bring students on field trips by off-setting the expense of transportation.

To submit a grant application, please complete the School Group Reservation Form & Transportation Mini-Grant Application by the September 18 deadline.  Teachers receiving the award will be notified in October.  Grants are awarded on the following criterion:

  • Title One school
  • Accredited K-12 educational institution
  • Past participation or current registration in Teacher on the Reserve basic teacher training*
  • Course curriculum alignment with educational mission of the Reserve

Each school visit to the Reserve includes an orientation by a trained naturalist.  Teachers who have completed the Teacher on the Reserve training may request time in our state-of-the-art Microscope Learning Lab and use of education activity kits.

This grant program helps us to meet a critical need in our community for field trip transportation funding. If you have any questions please contact Virginia Guhin at or 831.728.2822.

*Teacher on the Reserve training is not a requirement to receive a grant; teachers that have completed the training will be given priority.


The education and training programs at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve promote conservation and research on this unique wetland habitat.

We offer educational opportunities and resources for everyone.

General Public

Explore on your own, take a tour, or become a volunteer. The Elkhorn Slough Reserve has a visitor center with experienced naturalists to answer questions.

After you get home, you can stay connected and continue to experience and enjoy Elkhorn Slough.


The Elkhorn Slough Foundation Conservation Education Scholarship

Find out more about the plants and animals that call Elkhorn Slough home.

We also have some fun and games to explore here online.


Find out about our teacher training workshops and how to bring a class to Elkhorn Slough.

Decision Makers

The Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program provides useful courses that address high priority issues of local and regional importance to planners, managers and regulators of coastal area resources.

Stewardship EventsElkhorn Slough Explorers Club The Reserve’s Education team started a program during the 2014-15 school year with Elkhorn Elementary School.  The 2nd-5th grade students come every Wednesday to learn about the environment and discover the wonders of the slough. 

Explorers Club leader and Reserve Education team member, Virginia Guhin comments, “When I ask the Explorers where they live, they all yell out ‘Elkhorn Slough watershed!’ with big smiles.”

Jasmine, a 5th grade student states “I like when we go hiking and when we look into the microscopes, I’m looking forward to catching crabs!” This is just another way the slough is inspiring future conservationist.

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Education Program
1700 Elkhorn Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-2822

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