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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.
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.
April 2 – 8:30-Noon
Join us for a paddle to see Southern sea otters, seals, and a variety of shorebirds as we travel up the slough.
(Fee event: $45 for rentals/$25 for BYOK)
Sea Otter Heroes
April 2 - 1pm
The Elkhorn Slough Reserve is hosting a talk by the author of a book focused on researcher and his work at Elkhorn Slough. Researcher Brent Hughes will be there to chat about his sea otter and eel grass study. Afterwards books will be available for sale and signing by the author. (Free event)
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Annual Snowy Plover Mud Stomp
April 8 – 9:30am- 12noon
Join Carleton Eyster, a Western snowy plover biologist with Point Blue Conservation Science, to learn about the snowy plover and help with their habitat. Bring your rubber boots! We will walk along the muddy margins of the drying ponds and the footprints provide much needed camouflage for flightless chicks and eggs. (Free event)
Walk among the Wildflowers at Porter Ranch
April 9 – 10am – 12:30
ESF Stewardship Director, Kim Hayes will lead a walk on our Porter Ranch property and share the beauty and aromas of the lupin, poppies, and other wildflowers that bloom in the grassland. (Fee event: ESF Non-member $5 / Members: free)
Community Road Clean-Up
April 15 – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO THE DAMAGED ROAD AND UNSAFE CONDITIONS.
Earth Day Poetry Workshop at Porter Ranch
April 22 – 9:30 to 12noon
Join author and teacher Patrice Vecchione for an unhurried morning of walking & writing at our Porter Ranch property. We will let the world of spring inspire us as we stroll through the wildflowers and then return to the house to respond to the spring blossoming around and within us. (Fee event: ESF Non-member $40 / Members: $35)
Evening at the Estuary – Conservation on the Ranch
May 4 – 6pm
Hear from ranchers and conservation experts on how cattle grazing can be used to benefit conservation and restoration efforts. (Free event)
SAVE THE DATE, MORE INFORMATION TO COME
New Member Sunset Walk
May 19 – 6-8:30pm
Especially for our newest supporters, please join us for a wonderful introduction to an Elkhorn Slough Foundation property as we enjoy a walk and snacks while watching the sunset over the slough. (Free event – ESF new members only)
Hawks and Sparrows and Egrets, oh my!
June 10 – 7:30am
Birding expert Rick Fournier will lead us through an morning of bird sightings at Elkhorn Slough – an internationally recognized birding hotspot. Rick will help us spot different birds and provide tips on telling the difference between the species.
(Fee event: ESF Non-member $5 / MemberS: free)