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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

​Join us Saturday, July 7 from 1-3 pm at the South Slough Reserve William Q. Wick Auditorium for a four-person, mixed media art show. Carol Jones has been a weaver and spinner in addition to exploring mediums such as paper making from natural plants; making marbleized and paste papers; various forms of basketry; encaustics; oil and wax paintings and collage. Barbara Lebiedzik enjoys the beauty of the Oregon coast and expresses her appreciation of life through the fiber arts of spinning, weaving, eco-printing and dyeing. Christine Hall focuses on watercolors, and her travels are the subject of many of her paintings. Stephanie Reed enjoys free motion quilting, acrylic painting, and is currently immersed in dyeing and eco-printing. Meet with the artists and enjoy light refreshments as you relax in the beauty of the South Slough.

Eco-printing, or obtaining prints from plants, is a technique developed by India Flint, an Australian dyer. Fabric or paper is usually prepared with a mordant, which helps the print or natural dye stick to the surface more permanently. The fabric or paper is then covered with leaves, stems, seeds, petals or even whole flowers. Next, it is rolled up on a metal pipe or wooden dowel and then steamed or simmered for a couple of hours. Paper prints can also be made using metal plates. The natural fabrics used in this show include wool, a variety of silks, and cotton. Natural dyeing refers to the use of dyes obtained from different parts of plants and even insects. Colors may be enhanced or changed by adding small amounts of iron or by altering the pH. Natural dyes are generally more earth-friendly. Dyes used in this show have either been purchased as powders or have been made from scratch with plants growing in Coos County. This show is somewhat unique as in addition to wall hangings and framed art, there will be soft furnishings, wearable art, accessories, and cards. This show features the work of four artists who live in Bandon, Oregon. They are all friends who are always willing to share their ideas, leaves, and large dye pots with each other.

(Program is free but donations are greatly appreciated)​

Limit
75
Cost
Free
Time
1:00 to 3:00 pm
Registration
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Description
Your run fees are supporting our internship program! Sign up on the South Coast Running Club Website (www.southcoastrunningclub.org) or Day of Race from 8:15-9:15 am. Cost is just $15 for members, and $25 for non-members. A limited number of adult and children’s T-shirts will be available for sale, $12/$9 through 7/14, $15/$10 after 7/14 in the Friends of South Slough Bookstore.

This second race in the Triple Crown Series Challenge offers epic views along tidal flats, extensive marshes and meandering channels. The course is technical trails, boardwalks, hills (300’ change in elevation) on Reserve property, four miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Road. Volunteers will be stationed along the trails and courses will be clearly marked to make your experience more enjoyable. Please leave pets at home.

Participation ribbons for age group winners and all participants receive a delicious Rice Krispy treat.​
Limit
50
Cost
$25.00
Time
9:30 am-12:00 pm
Registration
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Description

​Spend 3 summer days immersed in science on the Oregon Coast with South Slough! The Reserve is offering a hands-on, interactive training designed for teachers of all grade levels, pre-service teachers and non-formal educators who work closely with schools and classroom teachers. We will meet from 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM July 18 & 19, and 8:30 - 3:00 on July 20, 2018. Some housing will be available. 

This 3-part training will enhance educators' abilities to:

  • ​engage students in real, data-driven science
  • use estuary systems as a place-based example of global issues and solutions
  • apply three-dimensional teaching techniques in the field and classroom
Participating Teachers will receive:​
  • stipend and/or housing
  • sample lessons and curriculum
  • lunch each day
South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve educators and scientists will use field sites and research in the South Slough and Coos Bay estuaries to provide connections to essential science practices taught at all grade levels. This workshop will highlight the Reserve's fish seining (netting) project, the National Estuarine Research Reserve System's System Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP), and the application of NOAA education tools in the field and classroom.

Attendance is required all days. Do not hesitate to contact us with questions! 541-888-5558 x127 or jaime.c.belanger@state.or.us

Deadline to register is June 1, 2018! 

Thinking of staying for the weekend? Check out our Saturday programs​
Limit
18
Cost
$35
Time
8:30 am - 4:00 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 Middle School on 4th Ave. [Max - 15 participants] ($2 / birder)

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us​​

Limit
Cost
$2/birder
Time
10 am - Noon
Registration
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Description

Come experience the South Slough as the sun slips behind the horizon and the 99% full moon climbs into the evening sky. Awaken the senses as light and shadows play on the water and the evening air is fi lled with a chorus of creatures. During the fi ve-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 fl ashlight, as well as water and evening meal. Feet and legs may get wet and muddy at launch points. Meet at the Distant Water Fleet Parking Lot in Charleston, Shuttle will be provided. $15 per boat/minimum 15 boats

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us

There is a 48 hour cancellation policy in order to receive a FULL refund.​​

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

Attend a workshop led by local salvage artist Joni Bour and create your own stamped bracelet. You will learn about salvaging and repurposing copper, basic metal stamping and wire wrapping glass or stone beads to create your own unique bracelet. Some knowledge of wire wrapping, or use of basic tools is helpful but not required. All supplies and tools are included, but participants MUST bring their own protective eyewear and encouraged to bring their own special beads. Ages 16 and above[Max.- 12] ($28 / person)

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us​​

Limit
12
Cost
$28/person
Time
noon to 3:30 pm
Registration
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Description

​There are thousands of ant species in North America. Children ages 1 to 5 and their parents will learn about ant life cycles, colonies and behavior through observations, songs, games, art, stories, and play. [Max-20] ($2/child)

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us​​

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

​Come experience the rich cultural and natural history of the South Slough on a trail that fl ows with the tide. During the fi ve-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-12] ($15/boat)

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us

There is a 48 hour cancellation policy in order to receive a FULL refund.​​

Limit
12 boats
Cost
$15/boat
Time
10 am - 3 pm
Registration
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Description

​Join salvage artist and coppersmith Joni Bour for a Pacific Northwest treasures suncatcher workshop. Participants will design their own forms created with large gauge salvaged copper wire integrated with beach stones, glass and other items found along our beautiful coast. Participants are encouraged to bring their own treasures, but there will be plenty of supplies to create your own one-of-a-kind sun catcher or mobile. All supplies and tools are included. Participants must provide their own protective eyewear. Ages 16 above [Max -15 participants] ($28 / person)​

Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us​​

Limit
Cost
Time
1:00 - 3:30 pm
Registration
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Description

Come learn about the amazing life cycle of crabs, their importance to the local economy and experience the various techniques for capturing this delectable Crustacean. Dress for the weather and meet at the Charleston Visitors Center. [Min-5 participants/ Max-10] (FREE)


Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather. Activity fees and donations cover materials and are used by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. in support of the Reserve. The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 4:00 pm. Questions or concerns? Please contact Eric Dean, Education Specialist at (541) 888 - 5558 Ext. 126 eric.s.dean@dsl.state.or.us​​

Limit
10
Cost
Free
Time
10 am - 11:30 am
Registration
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