Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Reserach Reserve
1700 Elkhorn Road
Watsonville (Royal Oaks), CA 95076 United States
The evening will begin with a lecture by Andrea Woolfolk, Reserve Stewardship Coordinator and historical ecology advisor on the project. After the lecture guests will be invited into the Visitor Center for the reception and ribbon cutting to celebrate the new interactive exhibit.
The Cultural Heritage and Historical Ecology of the Elkhorn Slough exhibit is a multi-media project incorporating a digital touch screen, audio recordings, and historical artifacts. The exhibit will include recordings from a recent oral history project, interviews of local farmers, families, and neighbors. These stories will complement journal entries, news articles, and land deeds dating back to the 1700s. The new exhibit will present an interactive timeline that will allow guests to explore the cultural and ecological changes that have occurred in parallel across the Elkhorn Slough watershed from before the establishment of Spanish missions to today.
The event is open to the public, no RSVP’s are required and there will be no charge. There will be parking and ADA access. Light refreshments will be served.