Reserve Open House is September 23rd!

In ESF, ESNERR, Events by Administrator

JOIN US for Free Family Fun at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House!
Saturday, September 23 • 9am-4pm

Kick Off National Estuaries Week at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve

2017 Open House on Saturday, September 23, 2017 to kick off National Estuaries Week with events and activities. Activities and presentations are scheduled from 9:00am–4:00pm. The daylong event is free and open to the public, with local vendors on site all day selling fresh tacos, burritos and beverages.

Since the official designation of National Estuaries Week in 1988, dozens of sites throughout the coastal United States have hosted gatherings, field trips, events, and seminars to celebrate the extraordinary richness of our nation’s estuaries and the National Estuarine Research Reserve system that supports stewardship, research, education and training at 29 coastal sites.

WHAT: 2017 Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House, celebrating National Estuaries Week. Enjoy guided walks and chat with scientists and ecological experts, get your hands dirty with land stewardship team, paint your face or some wetland wildlife, embark on a scavenger hunt, or magnify the weird and wonderful wildlife in a drop of slough water at the microscope lab. FREE and open to the public.

WHO: Hosted by the conservation partners of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. Presenters include environmental educators, researchers, and land stewards from the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine, Research Reserve (ESNERR), the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) and the Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF).

WHEN: Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:00am-4:00pm. Local food vendors will be on site all day selling fresh tacos, burritos and beverages.

WHERE: Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville (Royal Oaks), CA – Directions & MAP to the Reserve

MORE INFO: For more details call the Elkhorn SloughReserve Visitor Center at (831)728-2822.

[For media inquiries, contact Lorili Toth, ESF Director of Development & Communications, at or (831)728-5939.]

Administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and managed by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR), is one of 29 reserves established nationwide to support long-term research, water-quality monitoring, environmental education, and coastal stewardship.

For 35 years, Elkhorn Slough Foundation (ESF) has worked in partnership with the Reserve, and is the only nonprofit organization solely dedicated to protecting Elkhorn Slough and its watershed forever. ESF has conserved and restored around 4,000 acres of critical habitat — approximately 9% of the watershed.