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Upcoming Events!

Upcoming Events

Join the Elkhorn Slough Foundation May 30 for a special kayak tour of the Slough. This is a wonderful way to see birds, otters and other along the waterway.

Other upcoming events:

April 18 - Slough Clean-up!
Every year, volunteers of all ages show up to clean up Elkhorn Slough, make friends and have fun. Join us this weekend!

May 16 - Birding Walk
May 30 - Morning Kayak Tour
June 2 - Water Quality Workshop
June 20 - Poetry in Nature

See our calendar for more information and all the details about registering.

Spring Wildflowers are Blooming


The hills around Elkhorn Slough are heralding spring right now with a showy display of colorful wildflowers.

While the flowers are lovely to see, they also play an important role in our watershed's ecosystem and in ours. They attract bees and other pollinators at the perfect time to boost the food supply for returning birds and other wildlife, but these same bees work to pollinate the surrounding agricultural fields. 

One in three bites we take are made possible by the help of bees -- an important fact to keep in mind as we enjoy our spring wildflower show.

Join us for a wildflower walk on April 11th or visit the Reserve for a guided tour at 10:00 or 1:00 Saturday or Sunday.

Kayak Trip May 30th

Kayak Trip

Activity level: Medium
Time: 8:45 a.m. - 12:00

We will be launching from Moss Landing Harbor on this guided tour of the Elkhorn Slough.  You’ll have a chance to see sea otters, seals, sea lions, pelicans and more as you glide through the slough’s calm waters.  Tides will be gentle—this is a voyage suitable for beginners, but with enough to see to engage old pros.

$45 per person (in double kayaks) to rent your kayak: Register here.
$25 per person to bring your own kayak: Register here.

Researcher Earns National Award


For his research into how the wetland ecosystems of Elkhorn Slough are affected by excess nutrients, Reserve researcher Brent Hughes received NOAA's prestigious Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study.

Just over a year ago, Brent made national (and international) news for innovative research on how sea otters enhance the health of eelgrass.

Congratulations, Brent!

Read more about his research here.

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