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Elkhorn Slough Calendar

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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.
  • ESF Stewardship Event - Monthly first Wednesday of the month from 1-4. See below for more details.
  • Reserve Greenhouse Volunteer Drop-in - Second Wednesday of every month, 10am - 12:00 noon, at ESNERR. Join the ESNERR stewardship team for propagation activities in the nursery. Gloves, tools, and light snacks provided.
  • Reserve Stewardship Volunteer Drop-in - First Tuesday of every month, except holidays at ESNERR. 10am - 12 noon. Projects and sites change will change monthly. We provide gloves, tools, and light snacks. Call 831-728-2822 for details.

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.

 


K-12 Teacher Training Workshops
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

Teachers! We invite you to attend a ONE DAY, 8 hour workshop that will prepare you to bring your students to this unique outdoor classroom. The workshop combines informative presentations with topical field walks in order to prepare teachers to lead content and experientially rich field trips at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

Four Dates Available: March: 21 or 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: There is no charge for this workshop.

After the course – Teachers will be certified to bring classes to the Reserve. They will have year round access to the trails, field research tools, and the microscope teaching lab as well as teaching kits for use at the Reserve and in their classroom.

For more information and an application, click here.

 


ESF Stewardship Event
Wednesday, April 1, 1:00 - 4:00

Join us the first Wednesday of every month 1:00-4:00 at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (1700 Elkhorn Road).

Limit 5 volunteers. RSVP to Katie Pofahl (katie@elkhornslough.org, (831) 728-5939), details to follow.

This will be a monthly opportunity to visit Elkhorn Slough Foundation’s lands and support our efforts to protect and restore the Elkhorn Slough watershed.

 

 


Mud Stomp for Snowy Plovers
Saturday, April 4

Join us for a good stomp in the mud! The purpose of all this fun is to provide nesting sites for the Western Snowy Plover (Charadrius alexandrinus), a species that lays eggs in shallow depressions in the ground or in beach sands above the wrack line. The footprints also provide disruptive ground cover that can help plover chicks, which are flightless for their first month, to avoid predators.

The Moss Landing Wildlife Area is owned by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
These mudflats – once a series of evaporation pools in a saltworks – have been used by the snowies for several years now. But when the mud dries completely it becomes a flat, hard crust unsuitable for nesting. The Mud Stomp creates favorable nesting conditions in an effort to help the recovery of this threatened species.

Save the Date! Times and details will be announced soon.

 


Wildflower Walk
Saturday, April 11

10am - noon with Elkhorn Slough Foundation Stewardship Director Kim Hayes

Kim Hayes, ESF Stewardship Director, will guide this walk and talk sharing the beauty of the spring flowers on one of the Foundation’s conserved properties. You’ll enjoy the sights and sound of nature has you walk along the hillside.

What You Need to Know

  • This walk is easy to moderate (there is a bit of a hill) on narrow uneven trails and grasslands. We will try to complete the walk in a couple of hours, but it might go a bit longer.
  • Dress in layers – long pants are advised
  • Wear sturdy closed toed walking shoes
  • Bring water
  • Bring a camera (optional)

You will receive a reminder email the week prior to the event with more details on where to meet.

Price: Free to members, $5.00 for non-members

REGISTER NOW!


Birding Safari
Sunday, April 12

10:15 am until 12:30 pm

Elkhorn Slough is a birder’s paradise. On this special birding outing we’ll cruise along on a Slough Safari spotting the birds that dine in the rich mud of the Elkhorn Slough. We are certain to spot pelicans, cormorants, avocets, and so much more. This is a wonderful way to see the shorebirds from the waterway itself. Expert birder Rick Fournier and Captain Yohn will help us spot the birds, as well as learn more about the different species.

Seats are limited so please register soon. Attendees must be at least 12 years of age.

You will receive a reminder email the week prior to the event with more details on where to meet. 

Price: $42 for Members of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, $47 for non-members

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Coastal Clean Up for Earth Day!
Saturday, April 18

Join us as we clean up the Slough. A popular event for the whole family.

Save the Date! Details will be available soon.

 


Spring Birding Walk
Saturday, May 16

May 16 - 7:30am till 11:30am

Spring is a wonderful time to catch the songs and colors of many birds as they migrate through the Elkhorn Slough area. Birding guide Rick Fournier will lead us on a wonderful tour as we listen for birds singing about spring. Rick will help you identify birds by their songs and plumage.

What You Need to Know

  • This walk is easy with stops to enjoy the birds. We will try to complete the walk in a couple of hours, but it might go a bit longer.
  • Dress in layers
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes
  • Bring water
  • Bring a camera and/or binoculars (optional)

You will receive a reminder email the week prior to the event with more details on where to meet.

Price: Free to Members of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation, $5 to Non-members

Nonmembers of Elkhorn Slough Foundation: $5.00

REGISTER NOW!

 


Spring Kayak Tour for Members
May 30

Morning Kayak Tour - May 30

Who: Members of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation
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.

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

 


poetry classPoetry in Nature
Saturday, June 20

Saturday, June 20 - 10am till noon

Step into Nature with local author and poet Patrice Vecchione on Saturday, June 20, from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon. We’ll listen to Patrice talk about and read from her new book Step into Nature: Nurturing Imagination & Spirit in Everyday Life, take a nature walk, and have a writing workshop.  Includes a new writing journal.

You will receive a reminder email the week prior to the event with more details on where to meet.

Prices: $25 for Elkhorn Slough Foundation Members, $30 for non-members

REGISTER NOW!

 

 

 

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