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Elkhorn Slough Reserve, California

State

California

State Partner

California Department of Fish and Wildlife

Acres

1,700

Est. Date

1979

The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve in California protects a diverse range of species, including sea lions, California sea otters, and harbor seals. The reserve is also known for its incredible birding opportunities. The area has experienced significant loss of salt marsh in the last 100 years and reserve staff are responsible for trying to understand the reasons behind this loss and developing methods for restoring this critical habitat.

Explore the impact of 40 years of conservation, education, science, and outreach at Elkhorn Slough Reserve, including their incredible volunteer program.

Did You Know…

The Elkhorn Slough Reserve contains the most extensive salt marsh in California south of San Francisco Bay.

Latest News from the Elkhorn Slough Reserve

Talk NERRdy to Me: Kerstin Wasson

Talk NERRdy to Me: Kerstin Wasson

Talk NERRdy to Me is a monthly column about leaders and luminaries from across our 29—soon to be 30—Reserves. This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Dr. Kerstin Wasson, research coordinator at the Elkhorn Slough Reserve. They talked about marsh making, work marriages, ungrateful and grateful children, Indigenous knowledge, and the non-monetary valuations of mud.

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Building the Blue/Green Workforce

Building the Blue/Green Workforce

An unprecedented number of young people want to work in the environmental sciences. Reserves around the System, in collaboration with the Hollings Scholarship Program, are helping them get the experience they need.

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Great Bay Celebrates New Inclusion Garden

Great Bay Celebrates New Inclusion Garden

Congratulations to the Great Bay Stewards and our New Hampshire Reserve for the new Inclusion Garden at the Discovery Center, the result of a collaboration to transform the grounds into a more accessible and inclusive community space.

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Elkhorn Slough Reserve, California