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South Slough trail

South Slough trail

BANDON - The South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Bandon Public Library join together to offer a free guided interpretive hike on Thursday, July 26, at the South Slough Reserve near Charleston. The reserve is a 5,900 acre natural area located in the Coos estuary.

The reserve was designated in 1974 as the first unit of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System, a network of estuary habitats protected and managed for the purposes of long-term research, education and coastal stewardship. As the Bandon Public Library continues its Big Fish Vision series, the library is pleased to offer this opportunity to learn more about the South Slough Reserve.

The easy- to- moderate hike is 3 miles. The reserve's guides will educate participants about plants and animals of the Coastal Mountain Range and specific adaptations that help them live there. Anyone who would like to participate must register at the Bandon Public Library by July 20 by stopping in or phoning Sara Michael at 541-347-3221. The hike will take place from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, July 26, at the reserve.

Participants must arrange their own transportation to and from the reserve. They are welcome to bring their own lunch and enjoy the natural beauty of the grounds as well as the exhibits offered by the reserve. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable hiking shoes.

"Please join us," said Michael. "The reserve is absolutely beautiful with amazing trails."

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