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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

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River Otters
Bring your children, ages 1 to 5, to learn about science and nature through story, art and exploration. Children and their significant adult are invited to explore nature through a variety of guided activities. Children will learn about the playful river otter.  We will read a story, do a fun craft, and hike a trail (weather permitting). Meet at the  South Slough Visitors Center (61907 Seven Devils Road, Coos Bay, OR  97420).  FREE but registration is required. [Max - 12]​


Limit
12
Cost
free
Time
10 am - 11 am
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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 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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​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 the old Millicoma Intermediate School on 4th Ave.  [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 - noon
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Bring your friends, or meet new ones, while you spend time volunteering outdoors. Help us spruce remove weeds in various parts of the Reserve. May involve traversing difficult terrain and challenging conditions.​


Limit
12
Cost
free
Time
10-12
Registration
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Life of Bats
Bring your children, ages 1 to 5, to learn about science and nature through story, art and exploration. Children and their significant adult are invited to explore nature through a variety of guided activities. Children will learn about the amazing life of bats and why they are so important to the natural world. We will read a story, do a fun craft, and hike a trail (weather permitting). Meet at the  South Slough Visitors Center (61907 Seven Devils Road, Coos Bay, OR  97420).  FREE but registration is required. [Max - 12]​


Limit
12
Cost
free
Time
10 am - 11 am
Registration
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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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​Discover the world of mushrooms with local expert John Schaefer.  Learn how to identify at least 15 local mushroom species and techniques for mushroom hunting. This workshop takes place indoors and along trails, so please dress for the weather and wear sturdy hiking shoes. Please bring a basket and knife for collecting.  Pre-registration is required.  [Max-20 participants] ($20 / person)

Limit
20
Cost
$20/person
Time
10 am - 1 pm
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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.   For your safety and the safety of others on the water, please leave your pets at home.  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 $45 with kayak rental)


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