The official website of the Elkhorn Slough Foundation and Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Elkhorn Slough Education Program

Each year the Elkhorn Slough Reserve hosts nearly 4,000 school students who explore the wetlands and oak woodlands, learn about nature, and discover the tiny life in a single drop of water.

The education and training programs at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve promote conservation and research on this unique wetland habitat.

We offer educational opportunities and resources for everyone.

General Public

Explore on your own, take a tour, or become a volunteer. The Elkhorn Slough Reserve has a visitor center with experienced naturalists to answer questions.

After you get home, you can stay connected and continue to experience and enjoy Elkhorn Slough.


The Elkhorn Slough Foundation Conservation Education Scholarship

Find out more about the plants and animals that call Elkhorn Slough home.

We also have some fun and games to explore here online.


Find out about our teacher training workshops and how to bring a class to Elkhorn Slough.

Decision Makers

The Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program provides useful courses that address high priority issues of local and regional importance to planners, managers and regulators of coastal area resources.

Stewardship EventsElkhorn Slough Explorers Club The Reserve’s Education team started a program during the 2014-15 school year with Elkhorn Elementary School.  The 2nd-5th grade students come every Wednesday to learn about the environment and discover the wonders of the slough. 

Explorers Club leader and Reserve Education team member, Virginia Guhin comments, “When I ask the Explorers where they live, they all yell out ‘Elkhorn Slough watershed!’ with big smiles.”

Jasmine, a 5th grade student states “I like when we go hiking and when we look into the microscopes, I’m looking forward to catching crabs!” This is just another way the slough is inspiring future conservationist.

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Education Program
1700 Elkhorn Rd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-2822

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