Education, Research & Conservation

Coastal Conservation & Research, Inc.


Through environmental planning, scientific research, habitat restoration & education CC&R seeks to improve the environmental quality from oak woodlands to deep sea communities.

Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve and Elkhorn Slough Foundation

1698 Elkhorn Road, Watsonville, CA 95076

Elkhorn Slough is an expansive tidal wetland and a rare ecosystem opening to Monterey Bay at Moss Landing. The Slough encompasses a tremendous diversity of life and is known as a birding “hot spot”, with over 300 species of birds known to occur here.  The Slough harbors the densest concentration of California Sea Otters on the coast,  where they can be seen “rafting” up along Jetty Road.

The Slough hosts a National Estuarine Research Reserve – one of 29 around the country – managed by the California Department of Fish & Wildlife in concert with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.  The 1700-acre Reserve is accessed at 1700 Elkhorn Road and is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 Am to 5:00 PM.  It includes a visitor center with engaging exhibits and five miles of walking trails winding through oak woodlands, grasslands and along the waters edge.

The Elkhorn Slough Foundation is a conservation land trust that works closely with the Elkhorn Slough Reserve and hosts walks, kayak tours and programs. More information on the Slough and how you can visit and get involved is available at

DeepWater Desal, LLC

Monterey Bay Regional Water Project
An Oceanographic Solution to Producing Fresh Water

7532 Sandholdt Rd. #6
Moss Landing, CA 95039

Marine Life Studies

P.O. Box 163 • 831-901-3833

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to protecting our ocean, whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife through research, education, conservation, and whale rescue. Also includes Whale Entanglement Team.

Moss Landing Power Plant

Moss Landing Power Plant was originally constructed in 1950 to generate electricity.  Over the years, the original power generating units have been retired and newer, more efficient units have been constructed.  The vintage smoke stacks, which are no longer operational, have become a landmark for Moss Landing.  On clear days, they are visible from Santa Cruz to the north and Monterey to the south, making them a visual point of navigation for many boaters.  In addition to the natural gas units, the plant’s owner, Luminant, is developing one of the largest battery energy storage projects in the world, which will be operational by the end of 2020.

7301 Hwy. 1



Sea Otter Savvy


We at Sea Otter Savvy believe that most disturbance to sea otters is unintentional, motivated not by the intent to do harm but by lack of awareness. Essential to preventing disturbance before it occurs is an understanding of the unique vulnerability of sea otters and the importance of a healthy sea otter population to our coastal ecosystem. With outreach and education, we hope to increase awareness of the importance of protecting sea otters as part of our coastal community, and inspire everyone sharing the coastal environment with sea otters to adopt responsible viewing guidelines.


Moss Landing Marine Labs (MLML)

A consortium of seven CSU campuses dedicated to excellence in the Marine Sciences
Open House
Saturday, April 27, 2024
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Free

8272 Moss Landing Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039
(831) 771-4400

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

7700 Sandholdt Road
Moss Landing, CA 95039-9644
Phone: 831-775-1700
Fax: 831-775-1620


North Monterey County Unified School District (K-12+)

8142 Moss Landing Rd.

An innovative community school system, we equip preschool to adult students with the skills, knowledge & attitudes they need to pursue life goals, responsibly & creatively in a changing society.