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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 at 8:30am.
  • 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.


October 22: ESF Birding Walk - Fall Migrants

Elkhorn Slough is known for its amazing birding. Our expert guide will be Rick Fournier, who will share his skills and knowledge as we seek out the birds that migrate through the uplands and wetlands of the Elkhorn Slough watershed. Rick will help birders of all levels identify birds by song, behavior, 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)

Saturday, October 22, 2016 beginning at 7:30am

Registrants will receive an email with details the week of the event.

Fees:  ESF Members - Free, Non-Members $5.00


Volunteer to Protect Our Beaches!

Saturday November 5, 2016, 10am - 12pm


Saturday December 3, 2016, 10am - 12pm

Events meet at Moss Landing State Beach, Highway 1 and Jetty Road.

Join us for a fun morning helping eradicate non-native ice plant and revegetate native dune and wetland plants at Moss Landing State Beach.

Description: IMG_5038Events are free, family-friendly, and open to the public. No experience necessary. We work rain or shine, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Elkhorn Slough Foundation will provide gloves, tools, water, and a light snack for participating volunteers. We encourage you to bring your own gloves and watering cans (for planting event) if you have them.

For more information contact:

Alana Kleven
(310) 897-2543



Katie Pofahl
(831) 728-5939


Evenings on the Estuary
Save the Date for these upcoming events

Elkhorn Slough Reserve and Elkhorn Slough Foundation welcome you to Evenings
at the Estuary — a series of free public events that will help you engage in
important issues that impact our local community. Events in the series are free and open to the public, and will be held at the Reserve after our regular operating hours. We’ll start each evening with a brief nature walk, and our Visitor Center & Bookstore will be open for young ones and their families.

November 9, 2016 5:30–7pm | Pumas in Our Midst
Chris Wilmers, UCSC Wildlife Ecologist and Director of the Santa Cruz Puma Project will discuss mountain lion tracking and conservation in the greater Monterey Bay region, including information about pumas in the Elkhorn Slough.

February 9, 2017 5:30–7pm | Highlights from the Field
ESNERR Research Coordinator Kerstin Wasson will summarize research presented at the Elkhorn Slough Research Symposium (hosted at Moss Landing Marine Labs on January 24), then introduce a featured researcher to discuss their findings.

We look forward to seeing you soon for Evenings at the Estuary!
Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road (near Watsonville)
For more information, call 831.728.5939. This is a free series, with a $5 suggested donation.


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