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Oaks to Otters Film on the Road

Elkhorn Slough film, Oaks to Otters, will be part of the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival (SFIOFF) Traveling Program. 

The short film shows the importance of the wetlands and the Foundation's work to conserve and restore this rare habitat.  It was one of the films shown at the 2013 SFIOFF and  has a "festival favorite" was recently selected to be shown on May 15th  in Laguna Beach, California as part of their Traveling Program.  

According to SFIOFF officials, the Elkhorn Slough film Oaks to Otters, produced by Jordan Plotsky, was one of only a handful of films to be screened at the Laguna Beach Film Society's inaugural event.


Spring Events!
Kayak, Clean-up and More...

ESF Events

Spring is a wonderful to explore the slough. When you come to an Elkhorn Slough Foundation event you are lead by experts who share their knowledge and love of this beautiful environment. 

Join us for our Roadside Cleanup in April! We also have a special Outdoor Sketching Outing lead by local artist Laura Vollset.  Our kayaking trip will be in early June and is sure to beautiful. And, new members to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation are invited to a sunset walk of one of our favorite conserved properties. 

Check out all the details.

The Art of Nature


The incredible poster by local artist Laura Vollset representing Elkhorn Slough and featuring 26 species - plants, birds, and mammals - is one of the pieces in the "Art of Nature" exhibit April 5 - June 29 at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History.

Elkhorn Slough Coastal Training Program

The Elkhorn Slough YouTube Channel


Where can you watch birds, otters, and foxes?  Well the Elkhorn Slough You Tube Channel of course.  There a dozens and dozens of videos that capture the life that is hard to see when visiting the slough, like this video taken at low tide in the mud flats.

The channel features videos taken from the Elkhorn Slough Otter Cam — many of otter mums and pups!  Along with those you can watch a news story from the 1980's when the Reserve was first giving tours.  And, on the channel you can watch an educational video on identifying poison oak and the Porichthys notatus (aka plainfin midshipman).  From cute fuzzy otters to unusual fish, there is something for everyone to enjoy. 

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