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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

​We now rent kayaks !! Come experience the rich cultural and natural history of the South Slough on a trail that flows with the tide. During the two-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. Meet at the South Slough Visitors Center located five miles south of Charleston on 7-Devils Road. The paddle trip is FREE however kayak rentals are $20 each. (There is a 48 hour cancellation policy in order to receive a FULL refund.) Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather.​

Limit
16 boats
Cost
free ($20 with kayak rental)
Time
11 am - 3 pm
Registration
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Description

​Explore the shores of Charleston in search of winged wildlife.  Interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes provided.  Meet at the Charleston Visitors Center [Max - 15 participants] (FREE)​

Limit
15
Cost
free
Time
10 am - 11:30 am
Registration
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Description

​Bring your little ones, ages 1 to 5, to discover natural world.  Children and their significant adult are invited to explore nature 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.  FREE​

Limit
12
Cost
free
Time
1 pm - 2 pm
Registration
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Description

​Come enjoy great views of the bay and one of the best birding spots in Coos County.  Interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes provided.  Dress for the weather.  Meet in the parking lot directly behind Millicoma Intermediate School on 4th Ave. [Max - 15 participants] (FREE)​

Limit
15
Cost
free
Time
10 am - noon
Registration
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Description

We rent kayaks !!  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.   Meet at the Distant Water Fleet Parking Lot in Charleston next to Qualman’s Oysters.   (There is a 48 hour cancellation policy in order to receive a FULL refund.) Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather.
[Min-3 boats / Max-16] ($15 / boat or $35 with kayak rental)



Limit
16 boats
Cost
$15/boat or $35 if kayak rental
Time
10 am - 3 pm
Registration
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Description

Hidden gems in the dense emerald forests of southwest Oregon, Golden and Silver Falls are transformed by the spring rains into raging giants.  During the 3 mile, moderately-strenuous, hike we will explore the falls and rich natural and cultural history of this special place.   Things to bring:  rain gear, sturdy hiking boots, camera, water bottle, lunch and snacks.  We will provide transportation from Coos Bay.  
[Max. 15]  (FREE) 





Limit
15
Cost
free
Time
10 am - 3 pm
Registration
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Description

​Come enjoy great views of the bay and one of the best birding spots in Coos County.  Interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes provided.  Dress for the weather.  Meet in the parking lot directly behind Millicoma Intermediate School on 4th Ave. [Max - 15 participants] (FREE)​

Limit
15
Cost
free
Time
10 am - noon
Registration
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Description
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 June 17-19, 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


Limit
Cost
Time
Registration
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Description

​Explore the shores of Charleston in search of winged wildlife.  Interpreter, binoculars and spotting scopes provided.  Meet at the Charleston Visitors Center [Max - 15 participants] (FREE)​

Limit
15
Cost
free
Time
10 am - 11:30 am
Registration
Register
Description

​Bring your little ones, ages 1 to 5, to discover natural world.  Children and their significant adult are invited to explore nature 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.  FREE​

Limit
12 toddlers
Cost
free
Time
1 pm - 2 pm
Registration
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