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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.
  • Slough ‘n Easy walk – Join us the second Sunday of each month at 2:00 p.m. Enjoy a short guided walk from the Visitor Center to the overlook, along a paved and fully accessible path. The pace of this walk is slow with several stops along the way.  There are benches along the trail as well as at the overlook. This tour is also available upon request (Wed-Sun.  9:30-3:30) call the (831) 728-2822.
  • Early Bird Tour - A special birding tour of the Reserve, the first Saturday of the month at 8:30am. JAN 7TH CANCELLED
  • 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 questionsforus@elkhornslough.org 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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

 


Morning Kayaking

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)

REGISTER NOW - Rent a kayak
REGISTER NOW - Bring your own kayak


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)

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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)

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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)

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Evening at the EstuaryConservation 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)

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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)

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