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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

Bring your Mom, or anyone special to meet talented, local artist Rod Sullens and enjoy light refreshments provided by the Friends of the South Slough Reserve. (All Mom’s receive a special treat!) Art featured will include Sumi ink and mixed media paintings of the marine areas surrounding Charleston and the South Slough Reserve. (free) Questions? Contact Deborah: 541-888-5558 ext. 158 deborah.rudd@state.or.us​

Limit
50
Cost
Free
Time
1-3 pm
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Description

Come experience the South Slough as the sun slips behind the horizon and the full moon climbs into the evening sky. Awaken the senses as light and shadows play on the water and the air is filled with a chorus of creatures settling down at twilight. During the five mile paddle, experienced guides will show you areas of the Reserve rarely seen by visitors. Bring your own kayak or canoe, paddles, PFDs, headlamp or waterproof flashlight, as well as water and evening meal. 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, OR [Min-3 boats/Max-15] ($20/boat)​

Limit
15 boats
Cost
$20/boat
Time
6 pm - 10 pm
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Description

Come be a South Slough Steward and help protect and restore natural areas around the reserve. New programs will occur quarterly so if you can’t make it to this one we hope to see you later in the year. At this event we’ll be focusing on identifying and removing invasive plants around the Interpretive Center and the overlook on the Hidden Creek Trail. An interpretive forest walk and light refreshments will be provided. We recommend volunteers wear long pants, sturdy shoes and weather appropriate clothing. Oregon Invasive Weed Awareness Week is May 19 - 25th. Please check our facebook page for a “Weed of the Day” starting May 19th. [Max-15] FREE​

Limit
15
Cost
free
Time
10 am - Noon
Registration
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Description

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 or canoe, paddles, PFDs, water and lunch. 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, OR [Min-3 boats/Max-15] ($15/boat)​

Limit
15 boats
Cost
$15/boat
Time
10 am - 3 pm
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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. 10] ($5/person) Minimum age: 16 years​

Limit
10
Cost
$5/person
Time
10 am - 3 pm
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Description

Bring your wee ones, ages 1 to 5, to explore ocean habitats. Create your own salty scene, compare various seashells, and hear a story about the amazing creatures that live below the ocean’s surface. Space is limited to 20 participants so be sure and register early! ($2/child).​​

Limit
20 children
Cost
$2/child
Time
10 am - 11 am
Registration
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Description

Come experience the South Slough as the sun slips behind the horizon and the full moon climbs into the evening sky. Awaken the senses as light and shadows play on the water and the air is filled with a chorus of creatures settling down at twilight. During the five mile paddle, experienced guides will show you areas of the Reserve rarely seen by visitors. Bring your own kayak or canoe, paddles, PFDs, headlamp or waterproof flashlight, as well as water and evening meal. 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, OR [Min-3 boats/Max-15] ($20/boat)​​

Limit
15 boats
Cost
$20/boat
Time
6 pm - 10 pm
Registration
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Description

​Wade into climate science on the Oregon Coast with South Slough! The Reserve provides hands-on, interactive trainings for classroom teachers, pre-service teachers and non-formal educators who work closely with schools.

This is a 3-day summer workshop that will meet 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM June 19 & 20th, and 9 AM - 3:00 PM on June 21st, 2019. (Overnight housing is available upon request.)

South Slough educators will use the phenomenon of sea level rise to explore causes and effects of changing atmosphere on our estuaries and oceans.

Participating educators will receive:

  • $150 stipend
  • NGSS structured activities that demonstrate how scientists study climate change
  • strategies for teaching about climate change
  • lunch & snacks each day
  • field trip and classroom support
  • 20 hours of professional development

South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve educators, scientists and partners will use field sites and research in the South Slough and Coos Bay estuaries to provide content for essential science practices and make cross-curricular connections. This workshop will use research from the Reserve to investigate aspects of climate science, as well as collect and analyze data with Reserve scientists.

Please contact us with questions! 541-888-5558 x127 or jaime.c.belanger@state.or.us​

Deadline to register is May 25, 2019

*Attendance is required all days.​​

Limit
11
Cost
$35
Time
8:30 AM - 4:00 PM June 19 & 20th, and 9 AM - 3:00 PM on June 21st, 2019
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Description

Come join local naturalist Joe Metzler for an informative talk about this amazing bird and the important roll it plays in the environment. During the second part of the program we will walk to the slough and observe nest boxes Joe has monitored for the past decade and hopefully have the opportunity to band a few chicks. This will be a fun filled day you won’t want to miss! [Max. 25] (FREE)​​

Limit
25
Cost
free
Time
10 am - 1 pm
Registration
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