Join a community that’s making a difference!
Currently, Elkhorn Slough Foundation owns or manages nearly 4,000 acres of land in the Elkhorn Slough watershed. These lands are critical to the long-term health of the entire Elkhorn Slough ecosystem. For a relatively small investment today, we will be able to protect the lands in and around the Central Coast’s premiere estuary for years to come.
Click below to learn more about our membership levels:
- 10% discount in the bookstore,
- one-year subscription to Tidal Exchange,
- information regarding special Foundation events and hikes and activities at Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and
- recognition based on giving level.
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Join the Conservation Circle Now
By giving monthly or quarterly, your gift will make a big difference to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation without having a major impact on your bank account. As a member of the Sustaining the Slough program, your membership will always remain current- saving you from receiving renewal notices and helping us to reduce our mailing costs. Whether you’re a new or renewing member, it’s easy to set up! You choose the payment schedule (monthly or quarterly) and the amount. Your credit card will automatically be charged monthly or quarterly. You can stop payments any time.
Download this form to join the Sustaining the Slough Program by mail or fax.
Other ways to give:
Memorial Gifts – Provide a way of remembering those that have passed away while honoring them through the lasting legacy of conserving the rare and beautiful Elkhorn Slough.
Tribute Gifts – Provide an excellent manner to honor an individual (or group) with a gift that will support the conservation and restoration of the amazing environment of Elkhorn Slough.
In 2015, we planted 150 coast live oak trees on our conserved property to help restore oak woodland habitat. We want these little oaks grow into sturdy trees so that future generations can admire the ancient oaks of our watershed. Throughout their lives, these trees will provide habitat for birds and shelter for a variety of wildlife.
This is your chance to be part of creating an oak woodland. You can adopt an oak and watch it grow too. When you “adopt” your tree you will receive a Google Earth link that shows the tree assigned to you. As the years go by, you can view the progress of your adopted tree with every Google Earth image update. Imagine the changes you might see as the oak sapling becomes a mighty oak and habitat for wildlife. You’ll even receive your “Virtual Oak Adoption Certificate.” And you will know your oak is protected on the conserved lands of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation.
You can “adopt” an oak for yourself or a friend. Since an adopted oak is a living thing, it will grow and change with the passage of time, making it the perfect gift for new baby, birthdays, weddings, and any celebration.
You and your tree – as well as the entire oak grove – are helping to restore the Elkhorn Slough to a native California environment.
Give a Gift Membership
Through your will or revocable living trust, you can specify that a portion of your assets benefit the Elkhorn Slough Foundation beyond your lifetime, and your estate may be able to take a charitable deduction for the amount of your bequest. You generous legacy will enable future generations to explore and enjoy the Elkhorn Slough.
For more information please contact Lorili Toth at (831)728-5939 or by email .
Generally, you can receive an immediate tax deduction for the value of the donated stock at the time you donate it and avoid paying capital gains taxes on stock that has appreciated significantly in value since you purchased it (to qualify you must own your stock for more than one year). Please consult your tax advisor for how donating stock to ESF will best benefit you.
To make a donation, membership or gift by mail or fax download our donation form.
Egret photo by Katja Zuske