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  • South Slough Reserve

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  • South Slough Internship Program Sponsors
    Thank you to… 
    • Farr's True Value in Coos Bay for being our $250 “Great Blue Heron” Sponsor!   
    • Coos Bay Honda World for being our $125 “Salty” Sponsor!  
    • Empire Mercantile for being our 75 “Fresh” Sponsor!
    • Umpqua Bank

    Please share your appreciation with them for supporting the South Slough Reserve Internship Program when you shop local.
    Sponsorship funds are collected and managed in support of the South Slough Internship Program by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. a 501 C3 Non-Profit Organization. 
    For more information, contact Deborah Rudd, SSNERR Public Involvement Coordinator  (541)-888-5558 ext. 158   
  • Art Exhibition Opening
    July - August, 2016

    South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center auditorium

    Dale Karstetter became a self-taught artist specializing in wildlife carvings.  His show features wood carvings of owls, ravens, falcons and other wildfowl interacting in their natural environment.  Each bird is painted to achieve the look of a living bird.  

  • South Slough Trail & Treat
    Trail and Treat 2016​

    5k trail run/walk
    Saturday, October 15, 2016

    Kids' run/walk: 9:45 am (Costumes encouraged!)

    5k run/walk: 9:45 am
South Slough Summer Science Camps AmeriCorps

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.  Zoea camp runs from 9 am to 1 pm, Megalops Camp runs from 9 am to 2 pm and Dungeness & Instar Camps run from 9 am to 3 pm.  Camps are designed to fit the abilities and interests of campers according to the grade they will be entering in the Fall of 2016. Registration will begin online on April 1.  For further information after reading the camp descriptions, contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at 541-888-5558 Ext. 126.


South Slough Summer Science Camps:

Click on the highlighted camp name for further information and to be taken to the registration page:​


June 28 to July 1  Zoea Camp  (Kindergarten and Grade 1) at the Interpretive Center


July 12 to 15  ​ Dungeness Camp​ (Grade 6 & above) at the Oregon Institute Of Marine Biology


July 19 to 22  Instar Camp (Grades 4 & 5) at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology


July 26 to 29  Megalops Camp (Grades 2 & 3) at the Interpretive Center​


Interpretive Center


Visit the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center


The Interpretive Center is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 am until 4:30 pm. The Center is closed on state holidays.

 Trails and waterways are open from dawn through dusk.







  Nina Rudd


Become an AmeriCorps member at South Slough! 

As the Science Outreach Specialist lead the Estuary Explorers on an after school journey to discover the wealth of wildlife around their school campus. Use hands-on science, observation and real data to motivate student achievement. Serve September 2016 to July 2017. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and will be accepted no later than August 1, 2016.​

Position Description & Application​ Information

Bats of Coastal Oregon

Build a Bat Box Workshop

Saturday August 20, 2016

1 - 4 PM

South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center

Learn about the bats of coastal Oregon, their ecological importance and the latest information on the White Nose Syndrome that has devastated eastern populations of bats.  After the presentation, build a bat box for your backyard wildlife habitat.  We'll provide the supplies and tools.  Work on your own or bring a partner.  Call 541-888-5558 ext. 121 to register for this workshop.

 [5 participant min./15 participant max.] ($20 limit one bat box/participant)


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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