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  • Meet Megan Joyce
    Welcome to Megan Joyce, our new AmeriCorps member serving at South Slough!

    Megan will be conducting an afterschool education program Estuary Explorers that will focus on habitats and estuary exploration. She is excited to learn more about the Oregon Coast and the animals that live in the productive estuarine ecosystem of South Slough and Coos Bay.  
    Megan completed her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in 2011 and a year later started working as an education Specialist at Rookery Bay Reserve in Naples, Florida. She is happy to continue her work within the National Estuarine Research Reserve system (NERRS), networking with individuals who work to protect and educate about our nation’s beautiful estuaries. 

    Megan will be attending the University of Florida Veterinary School this Fall in hopes of pursuing a wildlife/aquatic veterinary career.

  • Creature Feature ! Macro to Micro
    Have you ever missed an opportunity to learn about some of the cool creatures that inhabit South Slough because you couldn’t make it to the program? Visit the Creature Feature program by clicking on this link: CREATURE FEATURE!  We will be exploring some of the life from upland forests and the waters of the estuary. As a part of the program, we will share how scientists studying the estuary use some special sampling equipment to attract larval crabs so that we can better understand how abundant they are.
South Slough Reserve Activities Teacher Training Opportunities

Steve & Susan Dimock Present “The Nature of Oregon”

Stop by South Slough Reserve on your way to the music festival for a special summer Art Opening Friday, July 24th from 4:30-7 pm. This nature photography show will display the wildlife and scenic beauty of Oregon as seen through the lenses of Steve and Susan Dimock.  Come see images of the prehistoric sea stacks and waves of the Oregon Coast to the thunderous fly-ups of thousands of Snow Geese to the ancient, striated landscapes of the Painted Hills.



Trail & Treat Run

Register now!

Join us for the 2015 South Slough Trail-n-Treat Run 
Saturday, October 17th at 10:30 am.
Bonus 10 Minute Trail kids(12 and under) run, 10:00 am. *Optional-Dress as your favorite estuary animal.
The 5k run/walk course is on Reserve property along technical trails, boardwalks, and hills with a 300 foot change in elevation.  Run where the river meets the sea, along vast tidal flats, extensive marshes and meandering channels. Volunteers will be stationed along the trails and courses will be clearly marked to make your experience more enjoyable. Restrooms and water are available at the start/finish area. Please leave pets at home.
Entry Fee: Kids run: free; 5k mile run/walk: $15.00 ($12.00 for SCRC members and students ages 13-17)
Shirts: An adult race t-shirt shirt will be available for an additional $15.00, a children’s for $12.00. T-shirt order must be received by October 6th in order to ensure availability.  Additional shirts will be available on race day but limited to stock on hand.
Proceeds from the event go to the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc., a non-profit organization in support of the Reserve's education fund for internship stipends.
To Register: Register Here (The password is Clancy.)

Interpretive Center


Visit the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center


Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4:30 pm.

Closed on State holidays.

Trails are open from dawn to dusk everyday.





  Nina Rudd


OCEP Summer Coastal Field Workshop 

Oregon Coast Education Program

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 3:00 PM - Friday, August 7, 2015 1:00 PM
For Grade 6-12 Educators:
Come to the coast this summer to learn about how the Oregon Coast Education Program (OCEP) can support coastal and marine science education for you and your students!  Educators will take part in an in-depth multi-day experience exploring coastal ecology, habitats, climate connections and human impacts in coastal and ocean habitats around Charleston (near Coos Bay).  We will use online data resources and practices from Teachers On the Estuary (TOTE) and the OCEP coastal education modules.  In addition, teachers will learn about place-based science content, water quality analysis, field experience preparation and reflection techniques, and connections to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Following the workshop, OCEP coordinators will continue to support you in the implementation of your coastal education plan (CEP) during the school year.  OCEP facilitators will meet with participants in their regions in the Fall and Winter to extend connections and integrate additional teaching partners. OCEP teachers who implement a CEP and provide evaluation materials will receive a $150 stipend for participation at the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year.

This summer workshop includes:
• 3 nights of dorm-style lodging, meals and materials on the coast
• Registration discount for NAME members*
• PDU and CE credits available through PSU (at your expense)
• CEP curriculum planning time
• Invitation to participate in Fall and Winter 1/2 day follow up meetings in YOUR region
• Opportunity to obtain a $150 stipend
Registration fee is $90 per person or $75 for Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educations members http://pacname.org/memb.shtml
Space is limited, so register today at http://bit.ly/1JxNGiK 

 OCEP Summer Coastal Field Workshop flyer 

 What's Happening

Farmers Market

Visit our South Slough Education Booth at the downtown Coos Bay Farmer’s Market the following Wednesdays:
July 22: Eelgrass Home
Aug. 5: All About Birds!
Aug. 19: Estuary Edibles
Sept. 2: Salmon Life Cycle
Sept. 16: Carnivore Stars


South Coast Striders
Blacklock Point Hike
Sunday July 19th - 9:00am

Meet at the Boice-Cope County Park’s parking lot next to Floras Lake
Join Reg Pullen for this rugged 8.5 mile journey from Floras Lake to Blacklock Point along beaches, densely wooded trails and exposed rocky points with beautiful ocean views. It is a beautiful hike with plenty of history and local lore in the mix. 
This hike is rated difficult to most difficult. Dress in layers; a windbreaker with a hood is recommended.  Bring water and something to eat.
Directions: From Bandon or Coos Bay, travel south on Hwy. 101 to Langlois. Go 1/2 mile past Langlois and turn right (west) on Floras Lake Loop Road. Follow the signs 3 miles to Floras Lake and Boice-Cope County Park.
Suggested Carpool Sites and departure times:  Bay Area Visitor Center—8:10; Coquille Visitor Center—8:10; Ray’s in Bandon—8:45; Battle Rock Park Visitor Center—8:45.
South Slough NERR
encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands.  The Reserve supports and coordinates research, education, and stewardship programs which serve to enhance a scientific and public understanding of estuaries and contribute to improved estuarine management.  South Slough Reserve is part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), a network of 28 reserves dedicated to research, education and stewardship.                                                         
 White Egrets on the South Slough - John Bragg