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South Slough Interpretive Center
Visit the Interpretive Center!
A view from the entrance to the Interpretive Center provides a glance at the fireplace, information desk, Friends of South Slough Bookstore and More, and other exhibits.
The Interpretive Center at South Slough
Visitors can find answers to all of their natural resource and conservation questions and satiate their estuarine curiosities at our Interpretive Center.  A variety of maps and brochures are available at no charge, detailing South Slough hiking and water trails, local flora and fauna, and tide charts just in case you wanted to go tidepooling later!  Staff and volunteers are on hand to provide detailed local information, and knowledge about the National Estuarine Research Reserve System as well.  We will do our best to help make your visit fun and educational!

Important Information
A pelican soars over the bookstore toward the information desk, perhaps to ask for the popular
A pelican soars over the bookstore
The Interpretive Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm.
Exceptions include state furlough days and holidays; and scheduling shifts to accomodate these required closures for our education staff.  Interpretive Center closures. 

Maps and driving directions are available. 

New cultural history exhibits at South Slough Reserve.
New cultural history exhibits at South Slough Reserve.
What can we do at the South Slough Interpretive Center?
We have plenty of engaging activities for all ages!

Information Desk
There will always be a knowledgeable, helpful staff member ready to answer your burning questions about the South Slough estuary at the Information Desk. South Slough has an array of informative and educational print resources available, as well as a wildlife sightings journal, plant identification photo guides, and reference books galore.
When you are finished with your hike, please take a minute to record your wildlife observations in the South Slough Nature Journal located at the Information Desk.

Friends of South Slough Bookstore and More
The Friends of South Slough operate a small gift and bookstore within the Interpretive Center. Here you can find field guides, t-shirts, posters, cards, and more!

Educational Film
Guests to South Slough are invited to view our award-winning documentary film, The Tide of the Heron. This 12 minute video showcases the flora, fauna, and ecology of the South Slough Estuary, and provides some insightful glances into our world.

Auditorium and Classroom
A new addition to the Interpretive Center in 2002, the auditorium is a beautiful and sheltered place to view the South Slough from spotting scopes and look for signs of birds, such as the piliated woodpecker. The classroom is located below, where many interpretive programs are held. Surrounding the auditorium is a balcony with benches, overlooking the South Slough. On sunny days, the Oregon Sand Dunes are included in this breathtaking vista.

The new exhibits at South Slough provide a glimpse into our natural and cultural history, with interactive displays including Estuary Soup and antique photographs of past residents.

Current Interpretive Program Calendar
Download a current copy of our activities calendar.  Print it out and hang it on your fridge!