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Elkhorn Slough Reserve Visitor Center
Learning about bones in the VC
Little girl holding a mammal skull.

The Visitor Center lies at the heart of the Reserve’s programs and is a starting point for any outing out at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. It features outstanding educational exhibits that invite visitors of all ages to take a closer look at the unseen world of the Slough. The Center is staffed by knowledgeable naturalists who are happy to answer your questions.

The Reserve and Visitor Center are open Wednesday - Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Admission is free to the Visitor Center, restrooms and picnic area. To walk the trails there is a $4.12 day-use fee (credit cards only) for adults 16 and older; children are free; entry is also free with a California hunting or fishing license. An annual CDFW Lands pass is available for $22.92.

The Visitor Center staff can loan binoculars or bird books to you at no charge.


Docent-led Tours
Volunteer interpretive guides lead nature walks every Saturday and Sunday, leaving at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. There is a special Early Bird walk the first Saturday of the month at 8:30 a.m. Find out more about tours, fieldtrips and group outings.

The Unseen Slough
The Visitor Center has a number of interesting and creative exhibits including a nine-times larger than life size model of life in the mud, complete with a four-foot fat innkeeper worm. There is a colorful display of live plants that are in bloom right now at the Reserve. More about the exhibits...

The Bookstore
The Visitor Center is also home to our bookstore. It is loaded with natural history books and gifts for all ages. More about the Bookstore...

The Visitor Center is located at the Reserve at 1700 Elkhorn Road, Wastsonville, CA 95076 (map).

For more information please call the Reserve at (831) 728-2822.

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