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Ongoing public events at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR).
Meet at the Reserve (map). For more information call (831) 728-2822.

  • Tours of the Reserve - Join knowledgeable docents on a tour of the Reserve every Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm.
  • Early Bird Tour - A special birding tour of the Reserve, the first Saturday of the month at 8:30am.
  • Slow and Easy Tour - A special tour to the overlook at 2:00pm. 831-728-2822
  • NEW! Volunteer Land Stewards: EVERY WEDNESDAY at 10 AM except holidays. 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 requested from all volunteers. Gloves, tools, and light snacks provided. Call 728-2822 with questions.

Regular Reserve and Visitor Center hours: Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Reserve and Visitor Center are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. When the Reserve is closed you cannot access the trails, restrooms, visitor center, or bookstore.



Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) welcomes the community to its 2016 Volunteer Training Classes. Discover the wonders of the Elkhorn Slough Reserve and learn more about the ecology, and history of the Elkhorn Slough. Classes are open to everyone.

Naturalist Training classes will be conducted as a three-part series each Saturday in February 2016 — February 6, 13, & 20, 2016 from 9:30am - 4:00pm. The Naturalist Training series introduces the natural history of the Elkhorn Slough, with information about the geology, plants and animals of the Elkhorn Slough, as well as the cultural history of the area. Participants will also learn how they can support Reserve programs and goals.

Naturalist Training sessions are open to all, and required for potential Education Volunteers. Education Volunteers work with school groups and the public, supporting activities on the trail and in our microscope Learning Lab. Advanced Education Training classes are being planned for Spring or Summer 2016.

All classes will be held at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville.  For more information or to receive an application, contact Amanda Ankenbrandt at (831)728-2822.


Volunteer to Protect Our Beaches!
Join us for a fun morning at Moss Landing State Beach restoring sand dunes. We will plant native seedlings on the following dates:

Saturday, February 20 

All events are from 10 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. at MLSB – Highway 1 and Jetty Rd. 

This is a free family-friendly event, open to the public. No experience necessary. Rain or shine – please wear appropriate clothing and footwear for working in the outdoors. Gloves, tools, water, and a light snack will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own gloves and watering cans.

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For more information contact Katie: or 831.706.5712

The Moss Landing State Beach Dune Restoration Project is a partnership between California State Parks, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and Elkhorn Slough Foundation.



This event was scheduled on January 9th but due to heavy rains and the fragile landscape it was rescheduled to Feb. 27, 2016, 10am - 1pm.

We will meet at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve then drive out to the planting site.

If you are interested in attending the event, contact Andrea at or call the Reserve at (831) 728-2822.


K-12 Teachers!       
We invite you to attend a one-day workshop that will prepare you to bring your students to this unique outdoor classroom

Dates:           March:  5, 12, 19 or 26
Time:             9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Place:             Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Rd, (in Monterey County),                                    
Agenda:        9:00 am Snacks and networking
                        9:15 am Presentations begin
                        5:00 pm Depart
Cost:                          There is no charge for this workshop.
                        One (1) CEU available through CSU Monterey Bay, registration required.

Download more information and an application.


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