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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. 

The 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.

Moon Snail at Elkhorn SloughTo get started volunteering...

EVERY WEDNESDAY at 10 AM except holidays you can join a group of hands-on land stewards as we care for sites around the Slough. New volunteers should contact in advance to receive updated event information. Projects and sites change weekly, RSVPs are requested from all volunteers. Gloves, tools, and light snacks provided. Call 728-2822 with questions.

More public volunteer events like clean-ups and plantings can be found on our CALENDAR.

We conduct Volunteer Training Classes that give you the opportunity to learn in-depth information about the Elkhorn Slough and the surrounding area– its history, wildlife, and community. You might even learn some new skills to sharpen up your current talents. The more you learn, the more you'll want to share this knowledge with others. And we think you’ll have lots of fun too.

Find out more about our October 2016 classes.

Lastly, if you are wanting to get a group involved with a project, please complete our Stewardship Group Volunteer From to see if there is an opportunity for your group.


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