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Discover Nature at the South Slough Reserve

Learn to harvest crab, paddle the estuary, search for birds, walk in the woods, or introduce family members to South Slough through programs hosted by the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, located near Charleston.

Adults and children can participate in a variety of outdoor activities guided by the South Slough Reserve. Available programming includes:

Fall Mushroom Workshop—December 3 at 10 a.m.

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) Register

Birds on the Estuary—November 16, December 17 at 10 a.m.

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. 97420. [Max. – 15 participants (FREE but registration is required) Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather.​

Birding at Millicoma Marsh—December 21 at 10 a.m.

​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. FREE but registration is required. Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather.​

Guided Nature Hike—December 28 from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Come for a walk in the woods and explore the flora and fauna on some of South Slough’s most popular trails. The two-mile loop is well maintained and relatively level. Please dress for the weather, wear sturdy shoes, and bring plenty of water and snacks. FREE but registration is required. Programs may be cancelled due to low enrollment or hazardous weather.

Those interested in learning about future activities can sign up for South Slough Reserve’s newsletter or visit www.southsloughestuary.org.

Press release and images provided by the South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve