The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is one of 28 National Estuarine Research Reserves established nationwide as field laboratories for scientific research and estuarine education. The Reserve is administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The 1700-acre Reserve is a hub of activity and hosts programs that promote education, research, and conservation in Elkhorn Slough. The Visitor Center has award-winning exhibits that invite everyone to explore the Unseen Slough. There are five miles of trails that meander through beautiful oak woodlands, calm tidal creeks, and freshwater marshes. We offer tours on the weekends and special events throughout the year.
>> Dave on the Trail: Reserve Manager, Dave Feliz shares his photos and observations.
>> In the News: Local television station KION dedicates a segment of their morning and evening newscast to Wonders of the Central Coast each week. Recently the Elkhorn Slough Reserve was the featured "Wonder."
Watch it here!
The Mission of the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is to ensure the perpetual health of ecosystems in Elkhorn Slough and the surrounding watershed through preservation, restoration, research, information exchange and education with particular emphasis on the Research Reserve.
For a complete overview of ESNERR's mission, programs and conservation goals download the
ESNERR Management Plan (doc, 6.4MB).
Reserve programs and links