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Community Class Registration

South Slough offers a variety of programs for all ages to develop a better understanding of estuaries and coastal watersheds. Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. All cancellations must be received with 48 hours of the start of a program to receive a refund. 

Upcoming events and classes

Description

​ Explore the shores of Charleston in search of winged wildlife.  Interpreter and binoculars provided.  Dress for the weather.  Meet at the Charleston Visitors Center at 91141 Cape Arago Hwy, Charleston OR. 97420. [Max. – 15 participants (FREE but registration is required)  Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather.​

Limit
15
Cost
free
Time
10 am - 11:30 am
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Come learn about various techniques for capturing crabs, as well as their amazing life cycle and importance to the local economy.
 
This is a free event; however, registration is required. Register to sign up for a one-hour time slot.
 
Interested in joining us? Register for one of the following time slots:
·        11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
·        12 - 1 p.m.
·        2 - 3 p.m.

Dress for the weather and meet at the Charleston Visitor Center, located at 91141 Cape Arago Hwy, Charleston OR. 97420.​


Limit
12 participants per time slot
Cost
free
Time
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Come experience the rich cultural and natural history of the South Slough on a trail that flows with the tide. During the five-mile paddle, experienced guides will show you areas of the Reserve rarely seen by visitors. Bring your own kayak, canoe and gear or rent one of our sit-on-top kayaks, PFD, and paddle. Feet and legs may get wet and muddy at launch points. Driver and shuttle will be provided. Please leave your pets at home.  Meet at the Distant Water Fleet Parking Lot in Charleston next to Qualman’s Oysters. [Max-15]
($15 / boat or $45 with kayak & gear rental)


Limit
15
Cost
$15/boat or $45 if kayak rental
Time
10 am - 3 pm
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Description

​Bring your friends, or meet new ones, while you spend time volunteering outdoors.  This month help stop the invasion of purple loosestrife in the South Slough estuary.   Stewards will monitor a population of this pretty purple invader and hand pull plants from its swampy home.  May involve traversing diffi cult terrain and challenging conditions. Registration is required. FREE​

Limit
24
Cost
free
Time
10 am - noon
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​Bring your little ones, ages 1 to 5, to discover the natural world.  Children and their significant adult are invited to explore Brush Rabbits and their habitat through a variety of guided activities. This event is free; however, registration is required. This program has a minimum of three and a maximum of twelve participants.  Meet at the  South Slough Visitors Center (61907 Seven Devils Road, Coos Bay, OR  97420). [Max. – 12 participants] (FREE but reservations are required).  Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather.​

Limit
12
Cost
free
Time
10 am - 11 am
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Description

​Experience South Slough Reserve by canoe and foot as a naturalist takes you on a one-hour guided tour of areas rarely seen by visitors. One half of this event will take place on foot – a 2-mile hike that’s lead by a naturalist, and the second half will take place on the water in a large canoe. Along the way, you will learn about the rich cultural and natural history of the Reserve, while take in the sights and sounds of the flora, fauna, and features that make up this important protected area.

Interested in joining us? Register for one of the following time slots: 
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
12:30-1:30 pm
1:45 – 2:45 pm

Register to sign up for a one-hour time slot. This event is $5 per attendee. Fee waivers are available upon request by emailing deborah.rudd@dsl.oregon.gov.

Dress for the weather. Wear sturdy shoes and bring plenty of water and snacks. Meet at the South Slough Reserve Visitor Center, located at 61907 Seven Devils Road, Coos Bay, OR  97420.​


Limit
7 participants per time slot
Cost
$5 per participant
Time
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NOAA Planet Stewards, Elkhorn Slough and South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRS) are hosting a simultaneous three-day workshop for educators about the impacts of global climate change on estuaries and their adjacent communities along the Pacific Coast, and how to engage their schools and communities to take action to address regional impacts of this global phenomenon. 

Participants will spend three days at either Oregon’s South Slough or California’s Elkhorn Slough NERR learning climate change and watershed content, taking part in field experiences, and learning how to incorporate these topics and stewardship actions into their classrooms and communities. 

*This workshop is planned for in-person learning. Depending on Covid-19 safety guidelines at the time of the workshop, an alternate, virtual experience may be required. All registrants will be kept apprised of programmatic changes.

Workshop topics include:
Climate change science and climate change activities that meet NGSS Citizen science and hands-on stewardship to inspire youth to address regional environmental impacts, and mobilize action in their communities

Workshop features:
Opportunities to learn from and interact with subject matter experts;
Hands-on field investigations with a NOAA researcher;
In-depth information about estuaries and other coastal systems;
Activities and lessons designed around climate change topics and issues;
Light continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks are included each day of the workshop;
Educators will receive resources for their class and field work;
Stipends will be provided for all attendees upon full completion of the workshop. 

When/Where:
This event is scheduled for Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, 2022 at the South Slough Reserve Visitor Center in Charleston, OR. There are a limited number of spaces available for this event. You must register here to reserve a seat at the workshop! Do it today!
Limited lodging available upon request for those out of the area.

Who: 
Educators who work with middle or high school students

Cost: 
$40 includes educational resources, tools and materials for the classroom, coffee, lunch, and snacks each day. Participating educators may choose to receive 21 Professional Development Units (PDUs). 

Questions? Contact:  
Reserve education coordinator, Jaime Belanger: jaime.c.belanger@state.or.us or 541-888-5558, x127


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