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Upcoming Events!

Upcoming Events

Join the Elkhorn Slough Foundation April 12th for a special birding safari aboard the Slough Safari pontoon boat. This is a wonderful way to see birds along the waterway. Expert birder Rick Fournier and Captain Yohn will guide our tour. Other upcoming events:

April 1 - Stewardship Event
April 4 - Early Bird Tour
April 4 - Mud Stomp for Snowy Plovers
April 7 - Reserve Stewardship Drop-in
April 8 - Reserve Greenhouse Drop-in
April 11 - Wildflower Walk
April 12 - Birding Safari
May 16 - Birding Walk
May 30 - Morning Kayak Tour
June 20 - Poetry in Nature

See our calendar for more information and all the details about registering.

Spring Wildflowers are Blooming


The hills around Elkhorn Slough are heralding spring right now with a showy display of colorful wildflowers.

While the flowers are lovely to see, they also play an important role in our watershed's ecosystem and in ours. They attract bees and other pollinators at the perfect time to boost the food supply for returning birds and other wildlife, but these same bees work to pollinate the surrounding agricultural fields. 

One in three bites we take are made possible by the help of bees -- an important fact to keep in mind as we enjoy our spring wildflower show.

Join us for a wildflower walk on April 11th or visit the Reserve for a guided tour at 10:00 or 1:00 Saturday or Sunday.

Teacher Workshops Going on Now

Teacher workshops!

Teachers! We invite you to attend a ONE DAY, 8 hour workshop that will prepare you to bring your students to this unique outdoor classroom. The workshop combines informative presentations with topical field walks in order to prepare teachers to lead content and experientially rich field trips at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve.

Four Dates Available: March 21 or 28, 2015
Time: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cost: There is no charge for this workshop.


For more information and an application, click here.

Researcher Earns National Award


For his research into how the wetland ecosystems of Elkhorn Slough are affected by excess nutrients, Reserve researcher Brent Hughes received NOAA's prestigious Walter B. Jones Memorial Award for Excellence in Coastal and Marine Graduate Study.

Just over a year ago, Brent made national (and international) news for innovative research on how sea otters enhance the health of eelgrass.

Congratulations, Brent!

Read more about his research here.

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