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Volunteer at Elkhorn Slough

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Elkhorn Slough!

Volunteering is a Special Way to Help the Elkhorn Slough
What volunteers bring to the Reserve and the Foundation could never be bought. Since the Reserve's early years, volunteers have been instrumental in the success of a wide variety of programs and activities that take place here.  From education and stewardship to helping in the Visitor Center or Greenhouse, volunteering at the Elkhorn Slough helps us meet our goal to conserve and restore this unique landscape while conducting research and education to ensure its ongoing protection.  

Moon Snail at Elkhorn SloughThe Benefits of Volunteering
As a volunteer, you'll learn about the natural history and importance of the Elkhorn Slough. You'll gain a deeper understanding of the environment while developing personal relationships with professionals that share your interest in the environment. You'll also have the opportunity to meet others who share your interest in the slough.

Our Volunteer Naturalist Class will give you the opportunity to  learn in-depth information about the Elkhorn Slough – its history, wildlife, and community.  As you share this knowledge with others you’ll enhance your appreciation for this unique region, as well as those visiting the area for the first time.  And, you might even learn some new skills and sharpen up your current talents.  Along with all this, we think you’ll have lots of fun too.

If you or your group want to volunteer at Elkhorn Slough, email us at

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