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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.

  • 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

Film: Life of Birds Volume 3

Saturday, February 28, 2015
1:00 to 3:00 pm
View the Life of Birds series depicting life from a bird's point of view, narrated by Sir David Attenborough.  We'll provide the BIG screen and the popcorn. (free)

Please call the Reserve at 541-888-5558 to sign up.

South Slough Adventures in Art

Thursday, February 5th from 3:00-4:30
The South Slough Reserve staff art show opening reception will feature nature-themed three dimensional and soft sculptures, carvings, photos, sketches, jewelry, paintings and more. 
Some pieces are on loan from staff collections; others are created by staff and are for sale. 
The show will remain through March.
For more information please call: (541)-888-5558


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)


























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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.


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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