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Elkhorn Slough Calendar

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Ongoing public events at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve.
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.
  • Greenhouse Volunteer Drop-in - Second Wednesday of every month, NEW TIME: 10am - 12:00 noon, at ESNERR. Join the ESNERR stewardship team for propagation activities in the nursery. Gloves, tools, and light snacks provided.
  • Stewardship Volunteer Drop-in - In August, volunteer drop-in will resume in August to every Tuesday, except holidays at ESNERR. 10am - 12 noon. Projects and sites change weekly. 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.


Sunday, September 21, 9:00am-12noon  
Sea Otter Awareness Week Kayaking the Slough

With the highest concentration of Southern sea otters on the coast, the Elkhorn Slough is the perfect place to start the weeklong celebration of sea otters.  Citizen scientist and expert kayaker, Ron Eby, will lead the tour talking about otter behaviors he’s observed.  As we paddle the slough, we’ll see harbor seals, sea lions, shore birds, and of course, the fuzzy faces of sea otters.  There is an fee for this event.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Teams of volunteer birders will be counting waterbirds within defined areas along the main channel (by boat), and at four walk-in estuarine sites.  Walk-in sites will take a total of about 2 hours to complete, while plan for a 3-4 hour outing for the boat trip.
We particularly need help from expert birders (i.e. those that can readily identify the various species of waterbirds and shorebirds), but also welcome novices to count easily identified species.  if you are interested in joining the team.


Saturday, September 27, 9:30am-2pm  
Elkhorn Slough Reserve Open House & Native Plant Fair

Join Elkhorn Slough Reserve in celebrating National Estuaries Day! Come and enjoy walks and talks with our land stewards and researchers, get creative with kids crafts at our award-winning Visitor Center, peek at the slough's microscopic life in our state-of-the-art education lab, and visit our Native Plant Fair to select plants for your garden. Free and fun for the whole family.

Saturday, October 11, 9:30am-1:00pm
Sketching at the Slough with Laura Vollset

If the slough has inspired you to draw then please join us for this new event.  Local artist Laura Vollset is leading this workshop, offering her tips for sketching the small details and spacious landscapes of the Elkhorn Slough.



Saturday, November 15, 7:30am
Fall Birding Walk Highlighting Shorebirds

“The early bird gets the worm” so bring your binoculars and join us for a morning of bird spotting.  Local birding expert, Rick Fournier, will share guide us around the beach and nearby wetlands helping us indentify the many shorebird species that enjoy the slough as part of their annual migration.  This event is free for Elkhorn Slough Foundation members, a small fee applies to non-members.




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