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Volunteer at the South Slough Reserve

The South Slough Reserve has a robust volunteer program, overseen by the Public Involvement Coordinator who works with community partners, Reserve staff and the Friends of Sough Slough to raise awareness of public involvement opportunities. 

There are many ways to volunteer with the Reserve:

  • Trail Guide
  • Visitor Services 
  • Program Publicity 
  • Education 
  • Field work
  • Clerical tasks
  • Trail maintenance
To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Deborah Rudd, 541-888-5558, ext. 158.

Friends of South Slough (FOSS)

In 1988 a group of dedicated supporters formed the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. as a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. The Friends’ mission is to promote and assist the Reserve in its educational and research activities and to obtain grants and other funding to promote the South Slough and its programs. The Friends sponsor many activities each year to raise money for community education, trail development, and research about estuaries. The Friends maintain a book and gift store at the interpretive center and interpret South Slough’s ecology and natural features for visitors. Members of the Friends also assist by guiding trail walks, leading classes or hosting special events. New members are always welcome!

South Slough Internships

The Friends of the South Slough sponsor the Reserve’s internship program, which is designed to help students gain job skills and work experience in the field of natural resources. The program offers a broad range of opportunities for university, community college and high school students, and for adults wishing to gain additional job skills and work experience. Internships opportunities exist for those interested in the sciences, research, education, stewardship, forestry, customer service, and more.

This summer we are seeking one RTK/GIS intern.

Join South Slough in Celebration of National Nature Journaling Week!

A variety of studies show that connecting with nature, even in a small way, can help to reduce stress and ease anxiety

What? The aim of INTERNATIONAL NATURE JOURNALING WEEK is to celebrate and deepen our connection to nature. Discover all the different ways people share their love of sketching nature; there is something for everyone.

When? From 1-7th JUNE we will come together as a world-wide community to celebrate and document the beauty and diversity of the natural world. 

How? Participants sign up for the free newsletter.  Various Blog posts from experienced nature journalists, links to website tutorials, free web-based informational instruction, and recommended books to help you get started or improve upon your nature journaling ventures.

Why? International Nature Journaling Week is an exciting new event taking place this year.  It has been created and curated by Bethan Burton @journalingwithnature to celebrate and raise global awareness of the joys and benefits of nature journaling. 

How Do I Participate?

Step I: Sign up for the Nature Journaling Week Newsletter.

Step 2: Choose a journal to get started.  Considerations, bound or unbound, size, orientation, and paper-type.
Step 3: Keep a small assortment of writing utensils that will fit into a small container you can carry with your journal.  Beginners may want to just start with a few pencils. Later you can add ink pens, watercolor paints, and colored pencils.

Step 4: Take a photo of your favorite journal entry made from your yard or other nature area.

Step 5: On June 7, Share your photo on Instagram or Facebook with the following two hashtags: #naturejournalingweek  


Nature Journal Entries will be reviewed by Reserve staff to be displayed in a virtual art show celebrating the beauty of our surrounding landscape!

Eelgrass sampling photo



Deborah Rudd
Public Involvement Coordinator
PO Box 5417, Charleston, OR 97420
Phone: 541-888-5558 Ext. 158

Rebecca Muse
Operations Manager
PO Box 5417, Charleston, OR 97420
Phone: 541-888-5558 Ext. 134

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