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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 Oregon's Coastal Training Program


Workshop: Promoting Wildlife on your Woodlot

 

This program has been cancelled due to low enrollment.
Saturday March 28, 2015
8:30 am to 12:00 pm

Learn different practices to promote wildlife and enhance wildlife habitat on your small woodlot.  Discover funding sources and study habitat needs for wildlife and ideal forage and food sources. The instructor will be Jake Robinson of Yankee Creek Forestry.  Bring a lunch and continue the workshop with a hike and a discussion following the workshop.  Please dress to be outdoors on the coast. 
[Minimum-5/Maximum-15 participants] ($10/participant)

Please call the Reserve at 541-888-5558 to sign up.
 
 
Experience the Estuary at the South Slough Reserve
Reservations required for all programs
Call (541)-888-5558
 

April Events at South Slough

 
Are you interested in sharing your love of South Slough’s trails? Would you like more experience guiding groups on hikes?  Join us for Hike Leader Volunteer Training on Thursday, April 2nd from 9:00-1:00 pm. [Max. 15 participants] Call (541)-888-5558 to sign up. (free)
 
Sign up for South Slough Birding where we’ll search the Reserve for winged wildlife on Saturday, April 4th from 8:00-10:00 am.  An interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes will be provided. Call 541-888-5558 to register. [Max. 15 participants] ($1/birder) 
 
Big Canoe Trip, Saturday, April 4th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Paddlers 5 years and older, explore the South Slough on a trail that flows with the tide.  PFDs and paddles provided.  Participants will be expected to paddle for 2 hours, be able to rise from a seated position on the floor to a standing position, be able to lift 50 pounds and hike up to 1 mile on uneven terrain.  Feet and legs may get wet and muddy at launch points.  Dress for wind and rain in synthetic layers.  [Min. 4-participants/Max. 6] Call (541)-888-5558 to register. (free)
 
Join local artist David Castleberry for Abstract Paintings in Oil opening reception on Saturday, April 4th from 2:00-4:00 pm.  View contemporary abstract oil paintings in vivid colors representing the spectacular beauty of the Oregon coast where we live. Meet with the artist as you relax in the serenity of the South Slough.  Art show will run through the end of May.  Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10-4:30.
 
Discover the natural world of nocturnal animals with your wee ones, ages 1 to 5 at the
Tide of the Toddlers on Saturday, April 11 from 10:00 to 11:00 am. [Max.-15 children] Call (541)-888-5558 to sign up. ($1/child)
 
Estuary Explorers-Families in the Field  We encourage parents and children to participate together in this special event Saturday, April 18th from 9:00 am-12:00 pm.  Hike to the shores of South Slough in search of new life and signs of spring. Designed for children 6 years and older.  A snack will be provided.  Dress to be outdoors.  Bring a picnic lunch for after the program. Call (541)-888-5558 to register. (free)
 
Paddle the Estuary, Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Explore the South Slough on a trail that flows with the tide.  Provide your own kayak or canoe (no inflatables or pedals), paddles, PFD’s, water and lunch.   Feet and legs may get wet and muddy at launch points.  Dress for wind and rain in synthetic layers.  Driver and shuttle will be provided. [Min. 3-boats/Max. 8] Call (541)-888-5558 to register. ($15/boat)

            

South Slough Summer Science Camps 

Summer is coming and so are South Slough Summer Science Camps!
Camps offer hands-on activities in the estuary with a focus on natural history and outdoor exploration. Campers bring their own lunch, but a snack is provided during the day.  All camps run from 9 am to 3 pm, except for Zoea which runs from 9 am to 1 pm.  Camps are designed to fit the abilities and interests of campers according to the grade they will be entering in the Fall of 2015.
Registration will begin online on April 1, 2015
June 16 to 19 Instar Camp (grades 4 & 5)
June 23 to 26 Dungeness Camp (grade 6 & above)
June 29 to July 2 Zoea Camp (Kindergarten and grade 1)
July 7 to 10 Megalops Camp (grades 2 & 3)
July 14 to 17 Megalops Camp (grades 2 & 3)
July 28 to 31 Canoe Camp (grade 6 & above)
 
 

Interpretive Center

 

Visit the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center

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

Closed on State holidays.

 

 

 









 
 

 

 
 
 
 


 

 

 
 
 

 



 

 

 

 

  

 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 

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Fish Habitat Partnership to Begin Coast-wide Estuary Assessments

In January 2014 in Seattle, the Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership (Partnership) will host a meeting of estuarine biologists, ecologists, and other researchers from Washington, Oregon and California to begin three assessments of fish habitat in West Coast estuaries.
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve is a member of the Partnership.
The work includes an assessment of rearing habitat for juvenile fish in estuaries; an assessment of conditions and key threats to the habitat of fish and shellfish stocks important to commercial and sport-fishing (as required by the National Fish Habitat Plan), and an assessment of changes in the habitat affecting the distribution and abundance of nine species of forage fish that inhabit estuaries and nearshore waters. Forage fish are important as food for larger predatory fish.
The assessments will help West Coast communities and natural resource managers better understand how habitat in estuaries helps in sustaining plentiful native fish and shellfish, including those most important to people and prioritize areas for conservation or restoration, the threats to that habitat, and prioritize efforts for restoration (and demonstrating thereby both the ecologic and economic benefits of conserving and restoring fish habitat).
Funding for the assessments is provided by the National Fish Habitat Action Plan. Much of the work will be done over the next several years by scientists working for NOAA and The Nature Conservancy.
  
Habitat Restoration a Coastal Training Priority at South Slough

South Slough Reserve is a national leader in techniques for restoring estuarine habitat, and habitat restoration is a priority of South Slough’s Coastal Training Program. We work with restoration scientists, watershed councils, universities and community colleges, Sea Grant, tribal nations, Oregon’s Ocean and Coastal Management Program, and other resource agencies to provide training, education and other information to address specific needs.
 
 
 

  

 What's Happening

SOLVE

Earth Day is a global celebration, and here in Oregon we take extra pride in caring for our environment and communities. Be part of our tradition of care by volunteering at SOLVE IT, presented by Portland General Electric on Saturday April 18th!

Litter and invasive plants have settled into the areas where we live, work and play. Now's your chance to join thousands of Oregon volunteers as we take back our city streets, local parks and natural spaces. Join us for Oregon's largest Earth Day event to be part of the SOLVE solution. Choose from over 100 family friendly projects across our state on April 18th or one of our additional projects set to happen the week before or after. 

 

South Coast Striders Healthy Hikes
 

 

Salt 'n Sand

Oregon's Adventure Coast

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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