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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 Summer Science Camp



Estuary Explorers Families in the Field - Explore the Shore
Saturday, May 23 from 9 am to noon

We encourage parents and children to participate together in this special Estuary Explorers event. Explore the shore of the estuary at low tide and discover what lies beneath the surface. Designed for children 6 years and older. A snack will be provided. Dress to be outdoors and for feet to get wet and muddy. Bring a picnic lunch for after the program.
Meet at the Charleston Visitors Center.  Call (541)-888-5558 to register. (free)

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.













































































































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 FULL (grades 2 & 3)
July 14 to 17 Megalops Camp (grades 2 & 3)
July 28 to 31 Canoe Camp FULL (grade 6 & above)



Summer Science Camp Lead Teacher 

Position Begins June 10

South Slough Reserve is looking for a Summer Camp Lead Teacher
The position begins June 10, 2015 and housing is available if needed.


 What's Happening

Farmers Market

Visit our South Slough Education Booth at the downtown Coos Bay Farmer’s Market the following Wednesdays:
June 10: Mammals & More!
June 24: Trash Talk
July 8: Plants, Trees & Fire!
July 22: Eelgrass Home
Aug. 5: All About Birds!
Aug. 19: Estuary Edibles
Sept. 2: Salmon Life Cycle
Sept. 16: Carnivore Stars




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