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South Slough offers a variety of programs for all ages to develop a better understanding of estuaries and coastal watersheds. Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. All cancellations must be received with 48 hours of the start of a program to receive a refund. 

Upcoming events and classes

Description

​Spend *3* winter Fridays immersed in science on the Oregon Coast with South Slough! The Reserve is offering a unique training designed for teachers of all grade levels, pre-service teachers and non-formal educators' who work closely with schools and classroom teachers. We will meet January 26, February 23 and March 23, 2018. Some housing will be available.

This 3-part training will enhance educators abilities to:

  • engage students in real, data-driven science
  • use estuary systems as a place-based example of global issues and solutions
  • apply three-dimensional teaching techniques in the field and classroom

Participating teachers will receive:

  • $240 stipend
  • field trip and resource supply funds
  • sample lessons and curriculum resources
  • lunch and snacks
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve educators and scientists will use field sites and research in the South Slough and Coos Bay estuaries to provide connections to essential science practices taught at all grade levels. This workshop will highlight the Reserve's fish seining (netting) project, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System's System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP), and the application of NOAA education tools in the field and classroom.

Please note that this is a 3-part workshop, and attendance all days is required to receive the $240 stipend and field or classroom support funds. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions! 541-888-5558 x127 or jaime.c.belanger@state.or.us

Deadline to register has passed.
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Limit
Cost
$35
Time
9am-3pm
Registration
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Description
​The Partnership for Coastal Watersheds Invites You!

What: Open House for the Coos Estuary Land Use Analysis Project
When: Wednesday, April 25th​
3:00-7:30 PM*
*Repeat presentations at 3:00 and 5:30PM with gallery-style open house to follow each
Where: The Mill Casino
2nd Floor Meeting Rooms

Be part of helping the planning efforts for updating the Coos Bay Estuary Management Plan (CBEMP). Come join us to learn about the status of the CBEMP, suggested areas of improvement to it based on community stakeholder suggestions, as well as environmental and socio-economic conditions of the Coos estuary and surrounding communities. We will ask you to take a survey to evaluate proposed recommendations and suggested areas of improvement to the current CBEMP. All community input, including the survey responses, will be included in a final report and presented to the Coos County Board of Commissioners. If you are unable to attend the Open House you can still provide survey responses and obtain more information here​.​

Limit
Cost
Time
3:00 - 7:30 PM
Registration
Description

Join coppersmith and salvage artist Joni Bour as she teaches students the art of turning trash into treasure. Students will learn different hammer and metal forming techniques working with salvaged and repurposed copper to capture stones, beach glass, beads, petrified wood, shells or other found objects. Students are encouraged to bring their own beach treasures. [Max. – 15] $20​ 

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us. 

All cancellations must be received 48 hrs. prior to the start of a program to receive a refund.

Limit
15
Cost
$20/person
Time
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Registration
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Description

​Steve and Susan love the wild and love taking images of wild creatures.... both elegant and “creepy cool” ones!  During May and June, the couple will be sharing photographic highlights from their recent one-month journey through the Galapagos and the Cloud Forest, Region Andes of Ecuador.  Join us at the South Slough Reserve William Q. Wick Auditorium for this very special Art Opening from 1-3 pm.  Come meet with the artists, enjoy some light refreshments as you relax in the beauty of the South Slough Reserve.​

Limit
75
Cost
Free
Time
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Registration
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Description

Come experience the rich cultural and natural history of the South Slough on a trail that flows with the tide. During the five-mile paddle, experienced guides will show you areas of the Reserve rarely seen by visitors. Bring your own kayak or canoe, paddles, PFDs, water and lunch. Feet and legs may get wet and muddy at launch points. Driver and shuttle will be provided. Meet at the Distant Water Fleet Parking Lot in Charleston, OR.
[Min-3 boats/Max-8]($15/boat)​

Limit
8 boats
Cost
$15/boat
Time
10-3
Registration
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Description

Examine the fascinating story of beavers in North America their history, their near extinction, and their current comeback as a growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and employers who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. We’ll provide the big screen, awesome sound system and fresh popcorn. (FREE)​​

Limit
75
Cost
free
Time
1 - 2 pm
Registration
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Description

Join salvage artist and coppersmith Joni Bour for a Pacific Northwest treasures suncatcher workshop. Participants will design their own forms created with large gauge salvaged copper wire integrated with beach stones, glass and other items found along our beautiful coast. Participants are encouraged to bring their own treasures, but there will be plenty of supplies to create your own one-of-a-kind sun catcher or mobile. All supplies and tools are included.

[Max -15 participants] ($25 / person)

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us

There is a 48 hour cancellation policy in order to receive a FULL refund.​​

Limit
15
Cost
$25/person
Time
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Registration
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Description

Join us in celebrating American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day. Guided hikes will occur every hour from the Reserve's Interpretive Center and community partners will have activity booths on the lawn as well as food vendors and music. The event is free, however the Friends of South Slough bookstore will have special deals on hiking guides and food will be available for sale.​

Limit
Cost
Free
Time
10 am - 2 pm
Registration
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Description

Parents and their children, ages 1-5, can join us for “W” is for Water-themed Tide of the Toddlers. We will explore the importance of water to people, plants and animals as well as study the properties of water via hands on demonstrations, art, story, music, and movement. [Max. 20 kids] ($2 / child).

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us​.

Limit
20 children
Cost
$2/child
Time
10 am - 11 am
Registration
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Description

The South Slough Reserve is teaming up with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife in a family-friendly workshop that will show participants everything they need to know to go digging of a variety of clams in our coastal mudfl ats. Knowledgeable instructors will teach how to spot clams, proper digging techniques and how to prepare and cook clams. Pre-registration is required, and everyone age 12 and older will need to purchase a shellfish license online, at a sales agent (Walmart, etc) or ODFW office in advance of the class. Meet in the gravel parking lot across from the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston, OR. [Max. – 20] FREE

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us​.​

Limit
20
Cost
Free
Time
9 am - 11 am
Registration
Register
Description

Come experience the rich cultural and natural history of the South Slough on a trail that flows with the tide. During the five-mile paddle, experienced guides will show you areas of the Reserve rarely seen by visitors. Bring your own kayak or canoe, paddles, PFDs, water and lunch. Feet and legs may get wet and muddy at launch points. Driver and shuttle will be provided. Meet at the Distant Water Fleet Parking Lot in Charleston, OR [Min-3 boats/Max-12] ($15/boat)

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541)888-5558 Ext. 126; eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us.

There is a 48 hour cancellation policy in order to receive a FULL refund.​​

Limit
12 boats
Cost
$15/boat
Time
10 am - 3 pm
Registration
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Description

Join coppersmith and salvage artist Joni Bour to learn the art of cold forging and Hammersmithing. Create gorgeous wearable art pieces using salvaged and upcycled copper refrigerator hardware with accents in other mediums. Seating is limited, and all students MUST provide their own protective eyewear. All other materials, tools, and supplies will be provided.

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us​

[Max.- 12] ($25 / person)​

Limit
12
Cost
$25/person
Time
1 pm to 3:30 pm
Registration
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Description

​Spend 3 summer days immersed in science on the Oregon Coast with South Slough! The Reserve is offering a hands-on, interactive training designed for teachers of all grade levels, pre-service teachers and non-formal educators who work closely with schools and classroom teachers. We will meet from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM July 18 & 19, and 8:30 - 3:00 on July 20, 2018. Some housing will be available. 

This 3-part training will enhance educators' abilities to:

  • ​engage students in real, data-driven science
  • use estuary systems as a place-based example of global issues and solutions
  • apply three-dimensional teaching techniques in the field and classroom
Participating Teachers will receive:​
  • stipend and/or housing
  • sample lessons and curriculum
  • lunch each day
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve educators and scientists will use field sites and research in the South Slough and Coos Bay estuaries to provide connections to essential science practices taught at all grade levels. This workshop will highlight the Reserve's fish seining (netting) project, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System's System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP), and the application of NOAA education tools in the field and classroom.

Attendance is required all days. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions! 541-888-5558 x127 or jaime.c.belanger@state.or.us

Deadline to register is June 1, 2018! 

Thinking of staying for the weekend? Check out our Saturday programs​
Limit
18
Cost
$35
Time
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Registration
Register
Description

​Spend 3 summer days immersed in science on the Oregon Coast with South Slough! The Reserve is offering a hands-on, interactive training designed for classroom teachers, pre-service teachers and non-formal educators who work closely with schools. The workshop will meet from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM July 18 & 19, and 8:30 - 3:00 on July 20, 2018. Some housing will be available.

This 3-day training will enhance educators' abilities to:

  • engage students in real, data-driven science
  • use estuary systems as a place-based example of global issues and solutions
  • apply three-dimensional teaching techniques in the field and classroom

Participating Teachers will receive:

  • stipend
  • sample lessons and curriculum resources
  • lunch each day

South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve educators, scientists and partners will use field sites and research in the South Slough and Coos Bay estuaries to provide content for essential science practices and make cross-curricular connections. This workshop will highlight the Reserve's fish seining (netting) project, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System's System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP), and the application of NOAA education tools in the field and classroom.

Attendance is required all days. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions! 541-888-5558 x127 or jaime.c.belanger@state.or.us

Deadline to register is June 30, 2018!

Thinking of staying for the weekend? Check out our Saturday programs.​

Limit
18
Cost
35.00
Time
8:30-4:00
Registration

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