Where fresh and salt water mix...
The mission of South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
is to improve the understanding and stewardship of Pacific
Northwest estuaries and coastal watersheds. The 4,800 acre Reserve
encompasses a mixture of open water channels, tidal and freshwater
wetlands, riparian areas, and forested uplands.
SSNERR actively supports and coordinates research, education,
and stewardship programs which serve to enhance a scientific and
public understanding of estuaries and contribute to improved
Visitors can find answers to all of their natural resource
and conservation questions and satiate their estuarine curiosities
at our Interpretive Center. A variety of maps and brochures are
available at no charge, detailing South Slough hiking and water
trails, local flora and fauna, and tide charts, just in case you
wanted to go tidepooling later. Staff and volunteers are on hand to
provide detailed local information, and knowledge about the
National Estuarine Research Reserve System as well. We will do our
best to help make your visit fun
and educational! You are welcome to
explore the estuary through the interpretive center, trails and
waterways, programs, and online resources.