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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.
  • 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.


ESF Stewardship Event
Wednesday, May 6th, 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 (, (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.


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



Spring Kayak Tour
May 30

Morning Kayak Tour - May 30
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.


Elkhorn Slough Water Quality Workshop
June 2nd

1pm - 4:30pm

Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Conference Room

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) invites the public to a half-day series of presentations about water quality of Elkhorn Slough.  Scientific experts will present on water quality monitoring programs, long term trends, and impacts of water quality issues on the slough.  Agricultural experts will present on opportunities and constraints for improving runoff.  Slough managers will discuss their work to restore and improve water quality.   

This free workshop is open to the public.  Seats are limited so we encourage you to register soon. Registration closes on May 26


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





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