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  • Tony Adam's Peaceable Kingdom
    Join us at the South Slough Reserve for a special Labor Day Art Opening Saturday, September 5th from 2:00-4:00 pm. Tony's paintings will be on display in the Interpretive Center auditorium until the end of October.
    Tony specializes in realistic animals, people and landscapes and was the winner of the People’s Choice Award during the 2013 Miniature & Small Works Show at the Art by the Sea Gallery. He uses considerable skill as a realist to produce works of wildlife, landscape and portraiture. Each of Tony’s animal depictions are charming, and infused with personality. Come meet the artist as you relax in the natural beauty of South Slough. (free)




  • South Slough Internship Program Sponsors
    Thank you to…
    • Farr's True Value in Coos Bay for being our $250 “Great Blue Heron” Sponsor!   
    • Coos Bay Honda World for being our $125 “Salty” Sponsor!  
    • Empire Mercantile for being our 75 “Fresh” Sponsor!
    Please share your appreciation with them for supporting the South Slough Reserve Internship Program when you shop local.
    Sponsorship funds are collected and managed in support of the South Slough Internship Program by the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc. a 501 C3 Non-Profit Organization.
    For more information, contact Deborah Rudd, SSNERR Public Involvement Coordinator
    (541)-888-5558 ext. 158   
  • Creature Feature ! Macro to Micro
    Have you ever missed an opportunity to learn about some of the cool creatures that inhabit South Slough because you couldn’t make it to the program? Visit the Creature Feature program by clicking on this link: CREATURE FEATURE!  We will be exploring some of the life from upland forests and the waters of the estuary. As a part of the program, we will share how scientists studying the estuary use some special sampling equipment to attract larval crabs so that we can better understand how abundant they are.
South Slough Reserve Activities State of the Coast

 Trail & Treat Run

Register now!

Join us for the 2015 South Slough Trail-n-Treat Run 
Saturday, October 17th at 10:30 am.
Bonus 10 Minute Trail kids(12 and under) run, 10:00 am. *Optional-Dress as your favorite estuary animal.
The 5k run/walk course is on Reserve property along technical trails, boardwalks, and hills with a 300 foot change in elevation.  Run where the river meets the sea, along vast tidal flats, extensive marshes and meandering channels. Volunteers will be stationed along the trails and courses will be clearly marked to make your experience more enjoyable. Restrooms and water are available at the start/finish area. Please leave pets at home.
Entry Fee: Kids run: free; 5k mile run/walk: $15.00 ($12.00 for SCRC members and students ages 13-17)
Shirts: An adult race t-shirt shirt will be available for an additional $15.00, a children’s for $12.00.
T-shirt order must be received by September 9th in order to ensure availability. 
Additional shirts will be available on race day but limited to stock on hand.
Proceeds from the event go to the Friends of South Slough Reserve, Inc., a non-profit organization in support of the Reserve's education fund for internship stipends.
To Register: Register Here (The password is Clancy.)

Interpretive Center


Visit the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center


Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am until 4:30 pm.

Closed on State holidays.



Trails are open from dawn to dusk everyday.





  Nina Rudd

Southwestern Oregon Community College

October 24, 2015



 What's Happening


The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast

Coos Bay Public Library

Thursday, Oct. 15th

7:00 p.m.


Coos Bay Public Library welcomes journalist Bonnie Henderson on Thursday, Oct. 15th at 7:00 p.m. Henderson is author of the critically acclaimed 2014 book, The Next Tsunami: Living on a Restless Coast.  Her 2008 book, Strand: An Odyssey of Pacific Ocean Debris was listed as a Best Book of 2008 by the Seattle Times and was a finalist for the 2009 Oregon Book Awards.
In 1964, ten-year-old Tom Horning was nearly swept out to sea by a tsunami at Seaside, on the northern Oregon coast. Since then, scientists have discovered a 10,000-year record of infrequent but massive earthquakes and tsunamis along the Pacific Northwest coast. When the next tsunami slams the coastline between Vancouver Island and Eureka, California, it will be the biggest natural disaster in the history of the United States.
The Next Tsunami explores how we know what we know about plate tectonics, the science of earthquakes and tsunamis generally, and the Cascadia Subduction Zone in particular. It follows the stories of such figures as German meteorologist Alfred Wegener, formulating his theory of continental drift while gazing at ice floes calving from Greenland glaciers, and geologist Brian Atwater, paddling his dented aluminum canoe up muddy coastal streams looking for layers of peat sandwiched between the sand and silt. The book begins and ends in Seaside, arguably the Northwest town with the most to lose from what Atwater characterizes as an "apocalyptic" disaster, and with Tom Horning, who grew up to become a geologist and who, in the early 1990s, returned to his family home at the mouth of the river in Seaside. No one in Seaside understands earthquake and tsunami science and politics, and the complicated psychology of living in a tsunami zone, better than he. And no one stands to lose more: his home will be among the first to go.
Everyone is welcome at this program sponsored by The Friends of Coos Bay Public Library.  No admission is charged and refreshments will be served.  Please call 269-1101 for further information on this program.

Log Jam on South Slough

There is a log jam on the south end of the Winchester arm of the slough just south of Kunz marsh, about a 1/4 mile north of the Hinch Bridge paddle launch.  A portage is required to pass.


South Slough NERR
encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands.  The Reserve supports and coordinates research, education, and stewardship programs which serve to enhance a scientific and public understanding of estuaries and contribute to improved estuarine management.  South Slough Reserve is part of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS), a network of 28 reserves dedicated to research, education and stewardship.                                                         
 White Egrets on the South Slough - John Bragg