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Mushroom Cultivation Workshop

A mushroom enthusiast taps a spore laden dowel into a log during a mushroom cultivation workshop at the South Slough Reserve.

Ed Glazar, The World

CHARLESTON — The South Sough Interpretive Center educational programs for March and April include something for all ages. While some of the programs are free or low cost they would still like a heads up that you plan to attend. Reserve your space for any program online at

Nature Film: Orca Invasion 1-2 p.m. Saturday, March 10

A remarkable new story is unfolding in the Arctic. As the ice melts and polar bears struggle to survive in a fast-warming world, another animal is taking over the polar bear’s once dominant role as top predator. A must see documentary for all ages. We’ll provide the big screen, awesome sound system and fresh popcorn.

Tide of the Toddlers: Bird Beak Buffet 10-11 a.m., Saturday, March 17

Children ages 1-5 and their adult family member are welcome to join us for a Bird Beak Buffet. Children will learn about the special functions of bird beaks through story, craft and song. This program is limited to 20 participants. Cost is $2 per child.

Make Art Not Trash Workshop 9-11 a.m. Saturday, March 24

Join local artist Elizabeth Roberts for a discussion on the impact of plastic pollution in the ocean. She will share her techniques for turning trash into beautiful jellyfish sculptures. Participants will create their own jellyfish from two of the most commonly used single use disposable items: plastic bottles and plastic bags. Roberts also will give tips on the small changes that each of us can make to reduce consumption of single use plastics to generate less waste. This program is limited to 20 participants. Cost is $25 per person.

Oyster Mushroom Log Workshop 1-3 p.m. Saturday, March 24

Join this fun, informative, hands-on mushroom cultivation workshop. Using local hardwoods, you will make your own mushroom log that should produce well into the future. This workshop also covers needed tools and various growing techniques. This hands-on workshop is limited to 25 participants. Cost is $25 per person per log.

Cold Forging Copper Cuffs Workshop 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31

Join coppersmith and salvage artist Joni Bour to learn the art of cold forging and hammersmithing. You will learn to create wearable art pieces using salvaged and upcycled copper refrigerator hardware accented in other mediums. Seating is limited, with room for only 12 participants. All students must provide their own protective eyewear, all other materials, tools, and supplies will be provided in the class fee of $25 per person.

Tide of the Toddlers: Less is More 10-11 a.m. Saturday, April 7

Children ages 1-5 and their adult family member are welcome to join an Earth Day themed Tide of the Toddlers story, song and craft, where everyone can learn that using less is a way of sharing resources. This program is limited to 20 participants. Cost is $2 per toddler.

What's Killing our Trees Workshop 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 14

Join OSU forester Norma Kline for an Introduction to Insects and Diseases of the Fog Belt Forest workshop. A lecture will be followed by a walk around the South Slough Reserve where students will learn to identify common symptoms of insects and diseases. Cost is $15 per person.

To register, call Shawna at OSU Extension at 541-572-5263, Ext. 25292.

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Hike to Golden and Silver Falls 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, April 21

Hidden gems in the dense emerald forests of southwest Oregon, Golden and Silver Falls are transformed by the spring rains into raging giants. During the 3 mile, moderately strenuous, hike we will explore the falls and rich natural and cultural history of this special place. Things to bring: rain gear, sturdy hiking boots, camera, water bottle, lunch and snacks. We will provide binoculars and transportation from Coos Bay. This excursion is limited to 20 hikers. Cost is $10 per person.

Beach and Salvage Thrown Down Art Pendant 1-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 28

Join coppersmith and salvage artist Joni Bour as she teaches students the art of turning trash into treasure. Students will learn different hammer and metal forming techniques working with salvaged and repurposed copper to capture stones, beach glass, beads, petrified wood, shells or other found objects. Students are encouraged to bring their own beach treasures.

This workshop is limited to 15. Cost is $20 per person.

Unless otherwise noted, all programs begin at the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center, located 4 miles south of Charleston on Seven Devils Road. Reservations are required for all programs online at

Questions about programs? Call Eric Dean at 541-888-5558, ext. 126.