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Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve

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General Agency Information
Name: Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Address: 1700 Elkhorn Road
Watsonville,  CA  95076
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Contact Information
Primary Phone: 831-728-2822
Fax: 831-728-1056
Description: The Reserve and Visitor Center are open Wednesday-Sunday, 9am to 5pm. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Docent-led tours are Saturday and Sundays at 10:00am & 1:00pm. There is also a special birding tour the first Saturday of each month at 8:30am.

Elkhorn Slough (pronounced "slew") harbors the largest tract of tidal salt marsh in California outside of San Francisco Bay. This ecological treasure at the center of the Monterey Bay coastline provides much-needed habitat for hundreds of species of plants and animals, including more than 340 species of birds. The Reserve has 5 miles of trails, visitor center, picnic area, restrooms, research facility, and education lab. It is also home to the Elkhorn Slough Foundation.

FEES: To walk the trails there is a $4.12 day-use fee (credit cards ONLY) for adults 16 and older; children are free; entry is also free with a California hunting or fishing license. A one-year pass is available for $22.92 Admission is free to the Visitor Center and picnic areas. Binoculars are available for loan. There is no extra charge for tours.

Reminder: Pets and bikes are NOT allowed on any of the Reserve trails.
Volunteer Info: We are always seeking volunteers. You can help us as by volunteering for short-term projects or long-term programs. For more information on becoming a volunteer at Elkhorn Slough, contact:
Amanda Ankenbrandt, Volunteer Coordinator
(831) 728-2822 ext. 303

Minimum Age: If under 18, need parent/guardian
Help with habitat restoration, special projects, and special events. Contact Amanda 728-2822 x303
Languages other than English: None
Accommodations for Disabled Persons: Parking & Wheelchair Access
Public Transportation: Not Applicable
Eligibility: Open to All
Fees: See Description Notes
Areas Served: Monterey Bay Area
Funding Source: Donations
Officials/Contact Persons
Officials: Dave Feliz
Reserve Manager
831-728-2822Ext: 302

Mark Silberstein
Executive Director
831-728-5939Ext: 231
Subject Headings
Subject Headings: Bird Watching Tours/Festivals
Land Conservation
Private Nonprofits
Volunteer Opportunities
Wetlands Conservation
This agency was last updated on April 14, 2020.