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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.


The Reserve is currently offering two opportunities for teacher professional development.

Teachers on the Reserve (TOR) workshop; this one-day workshop introduces K-12 teachers to the trails, the Microscope Learning Lab and the numerous activities and educational kits available for use at the Reserve of back in the classroom.

The Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) is a two day workshop that introduces teachers to the research on the reserve through hands on data collection and monitoring with Reserve scientists. Download the flyer

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.


Coastal Training Program

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.

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