CDFW Opens 2013 Elkhorn Slough Reserve Volunteer Training Program

Media Contacts:
Dave Feliz, CDFW Manager, ElkhornSlough National Estuarine Research Reserve, (831) 728-2822
Janice Mackey, CDFW Communications, (916) 322-8908

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is offering a Volunteer Naturalist Training Class at the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve (ESNERR) in Monterey County.IMG_7130b

The introductory orientation training class on Saturday, Jan. 12 will be for anyone interested in research and stewardship. Attendees will be able to use their class experience in roles they may take as volunteer wildlife monitors, habitat restorers, maintenance assistants, administrative support or other projects.

In addition, applicants can participate in naturalist training classes which will cover ecology, biology, current and past research at the reserve, ongoing reserve projects, cultural histories, interpretation skills, communication techniques, trail mechanics and educational activities.

Advanced sessions are open to potential ESNERR volunteers who have completed the introductory class. Advanced classes are every Saturday in February with graduation scheduled for Saturday, March 9.

Interested applicants can apply online at or contact:

Volunteer Coordinator Amanda Ankenbrandt
Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
1700 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 95076
(831) 728-2822 ext. 30