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California King Tides Project

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The California King Tides Project helps people visualize future sea level by observing the highest high tides of today. You can help by taking and sharing photos of the shoreline during King Tides to create a record of the changes to our coast from sea level rise. Find out when and how high King Tides will be near you. Learn how to participate by uploading your photos via a web browser or with a free app. Check back soon to see all the California King Tides photos displayed on an interactive map.

King Tides are coming:
December 22 and 23, 2018
January 20 and 21, 2019.

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Saturday, December 15, 2018 (pre-King Tides)

  • CHINA CAMP VILLAGE TALK: KING TIDES!
    Marin County, San Rafael

    China Camp State Park Village Museum
    Dec. 15, 4:30pm-5:30pm
    Presented by San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Friends of China Camp
    Learn what extreme high tides can tell us about sea level rise. In this evening talk, hear what scientists have learned so far and how they are learning more through research at China Camp. FOCC Members — Free. General Public — $5. Info and registration (required): friendsofchinacamp.org/event/village-talk-king-tides

Thursday, December 20, 2018 (pre-King Tides)

  • HIGH TIDE WALK
    Contra Costa County, Richmond

    Shimada Friendship Park, at Peninsula Drive and Marina Bay Parkway
    Dec. 20, 9am-11am
    Presented by Friends of Five Creeks
    During high winter tides, shorebirds cluster in remaining bits of marsh and water birds come close to shore. Enjoy these colorful winter migrants and talk about a future of rising tides with Friends of Five Creeks' president Susan Schwartz. Free. Bring binoculars if you have them. No RSVP needed. Wear sturdy walking shoes. Bring water and sticks if you use them. Info: (510) 848-9358, f5creeks@gmail.com

Saturday, December 22, 2018

  • KING TIDES AT THE MARSH
    Humboldt County, Arcata

    Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, 569 S G Street
    Dec. 22, 11am-12:30pm
    Presented by Friends of the Arcata Marsh
    Meet leader Elliott Dabill at the Interpretive Center for a walk to view the results of an 8.49-foot tide on the Arcata Marsh. Loaner binoculars available with photo ID. For more information, call (707) 826-2359.
  • A ROYAL WALK WITH THE KING TIDES
    San Francisco County, San Francisco

    Pier 3
    Dec. 22, 10am
    Presented by the Exploratorium and Port of San Francisco
    Join Exploratorium and Port of San Francisco staff at Pier 3 (meet on the Bay side of the Seaside Restaurant) for a stroll along the waterfront to observe, photograph and discuss the King Tide. We'll talk about what causes the tides, why we have King Tides at this time of year, and how to participate in the California King Tides Project. We'll meet rain or shine. Come see the future! Free. Info: Lori Lambertson, llambertson@exploratorium.edu, www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/king-tide-walk-december-2018
  • CAPTURE THE KING TIDE NATURE WALK
    Orange County, Dana Point

    Dana Point Harbor
    Dec. 22, 10:30am-11:30am
    Presented by The Ocean Institute
    Learn about tides and how sea level rise is impacting our local coastline, then head to the local marine protected area to document the effects of the King Tides as a citizen scientist for the California. Info: www.ocean-institute.org
  • PONTO BEACH KING TIDE EVENT
    San Diego County, Carlsbad

    Ponto Beach, by the parking lot on the west side of Coast Hwy north of LaCosta Avenue
    Dec. 22, 8am
    Presented by Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation and Preserve Calavera
    Participate in citizen science at your local beach. This is an opportunity to see the impact of a king tide...a preview of what climate change will bring. Bring your camera and your coffee. Info: pdecino@preservecalavera.org

Sunday, December 23, 2018

  • FLOODED WITH SCIENCE AND SEAWATER
    Marin County, San Rafael

    China Camp State Park
    Dec. 23, 11:30am-1:30pm
    Presented by San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Friends of China Camp
    Celebrate winter with a beautiful short hike and lots of science at China Camp State Park! Join scientist and educator Sarah Ferner from San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to learn about the marsh, scientific research occurring there, and what king tides can teach us about sea level rise. Info and registration (required): friendsofchinacamp.org/event/king-tide-hike-2
  • COFFEE SOCIAL AND COASTAL EROSION SITE VISIT
    San Francisco County, San Francisco

    Java Beach on Sloat at 45th Avenue
    Dec. 23, 10am
    Presented by Surfrider Foundation
    Meet up at Java Beach coffee shop at 10am. Have coffee and chat about Surfrider's Restore Sloat campaign, then walk down the street to visit the Sloat erosion site at Ocean Beach for the 11am king tide.
  • KING TIDE WALK
    Santa Clara County, Palo Alto

    Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, at the end of Embarcadero Road
    Dec. 23, Noon-1:15pm
    This will be a 1-1.5 mile walk on level ground, packed dirt and asphalt. Compare water levels and check out possible flooding (from land). Info: Corinne C. DeBra, corinne.debra@gmail.com
  • KING TIDES AT THE BAY
    Orange County, Newport Beach

    Peter and Mary Muth Interpretive Center
    Dec. 23, 8am-10am
    Presented by Orange County Parks
    Join a family friendly program to learn how and why king tides occur and how anyone can help document their impact. All you need is a smartphone or camera! After a brief program in the interpretive center we will head out on the trail to observe the last king tide of 2018 and hopefully capture some scientifically valuable images. Free. Info and registration: letsgooutside.org/activities/2018/12/23/king-tide-at-the-bay
  • CAPTURE THE KING TIDE NATURE WALK
    Orange County, Dana Point

    Dana Point Harbor
    Dec. 23, 11:15am-12:15pm
    Presented by The Ocean Institute
    Learn about tides and how sea level rise is impacting our local coastline, then head to the local marine protected area to document the effects of the King Tides as a citizen scientist for the California. Info: www.ocean-institute.org
  • KING "TIDINGS" WINTER EVENT
    San Diego County, Encinitas

    Swami's State Beach
    Dec. 23, 3pm-5pm
    Presented by San Elijo Lagoon Conservancy
    Celebrate the King Tides with a family-friendly beach event during the spectacularly low tide. Together we will explore the tide pools to discover some of the crazy ways animals stay safe and participate in interactive learning experiences. Registration required at www.sanelijo.org/KingTideEvent

Saturday, January 19, 2019

  • KING TIDES AND WETLAND SPONGES
    Contra Costa County, Oakley

    69 Big Break Road
    Jan. 19, 12:30pm-2pm
    Presented by East Bay Regional Park District
    Wetlands absorb the rising waters of a King Tide. Discover what causes King Tides and watch the wetlands change during one of the highest tides of the year! No registration required; drop-in program at Big Break Regional Shoreline. Info: https://apm.activecommunities.com/ebparks/Activity_Search/king-tides-and-wetland-sponges/23837

Sunday, January 20, 2019

  • KING TIDES BEACH CLEANUP
    Sonoma County, Bodega Bay

    North Salmon Creek Beach, 3095 CA-1, Bodega Bay
    Jan. 20, 10:30am-12:30pm
    Presented by Sonoma Coast Surfrider
    Following the high tide, Sonoma Coast Surfrider will lead a beach clean up at North Salmon Creek Beach to see if the extreme high tides had an impact on the amount of debris washed ashore. We will have literature available about the impacts of climate change on our coasts and will encourage discussions about climate change and our rising oceans. Info: Sarah Heyne, secretary@sonomacoast.surfrider.org
  • KING TIDE WALK
    Santa Clara County, Palo Alto

    Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, at the end of Embarcadero Road
    Jan. 20, 10:30am-11:45am
    This will be a 1-1.5 mile walk on level ground, packed dirt and asphalt. Compare water levels and check out possible flooding (from land). Info: Corinne C. DeBra, corinne.debra@gmail.com
  • ELKHORN SLOUGH RESERVE KING TIDE WALK
    Monterey County, Moss Landing

    Jan. 20, 8:30am-10:30am
    Presented by Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
    Join an early morning walk to three King Tide sites on the Elkhorn Slough, and witness one of the season's highest tides! Please bring a camera to help us document sites. Info and registration: www.elkhornslough.org/events/annual-king-tide-citizen-science-walk
  • KING TIDES AND TIDEPOOLING
    Monterey County, Pacific Grove

    Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History
    Jan. 20, 9am and 3pm
    For Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History members and volunteers only, head down to Lover's Point to take pictures of the tide at high tide in the morning. A tide pooling excursion will be held at low tide in the afternoon. Info: Matt McConnell mcconnell@pgmuseum.org
  • EXPERIENCE THE KING TIDE
    San Luis Obispo County, Cambria

    Shamel Park
    Jan. 20, 9am-11am
    Presented by Greenspace-The Cambria Land Trust
    Experience the highest tide of the year on the Central Coast! Come view the King Tide, sip hot cocoa and coffee, and learn about the impacts that climate change can have on changing sea levels. Bring your cameras as this unique phenomena will offer a dynamic look at our changing coastline; not to mention you can enter our photography contest and win great prizes! Info: www.facebook.com/events/328301331283284
  • CAPTURE THE KING TIDE NATURE WALK
    Orange County, Dana Point

    Dana Point Harbor
    Jan. 20, 10:15am-11:15am
    Presented by The Ocean Institute
    Learn about tides and how sea level rise is impacting our local coastline, then head to the local marine protected area to document the effects of the King Tides as a citizen scientist for the California. Info: www.ocean-institute.org

Monday, January 21, 2019

  • KING TIDE VIEWING WITH THE TOLOWA DEE-NI'
    Del Norte County, Smith River

    Jan. 21, 11am
    Presented by Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Natural Resources Department
    Enjoy a safe viewing point of the King Tides in Smith River, CA. Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Natural Resources staff will be present to answer questions about climate change impacts and emergency preparedness. Info: Rosa Laucci, rosa.laucci@tolowa.com, or Kymmie Scott, Kymmie.scott@tolowa.com. Check out our Facebook page for more details, www.facebook.com/Nvnnvstaata.
  • FLOODED WITH SCIENCE AND SEAWATER
    Marin County, San Rafael

    China Camp State Park
    Jan. 21, 11am-1pm
    Presented by San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and Friends of China Camp
    Celebrate winter with a beautiful short hike and lots of science at China Camp State Park! Join scientist and educator Sarah Ferner from San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve to learn about the marsh, scientific research occurring there, and what king tides can teach us about sea level rise. Info and registration (required): friendsofchinacamp.org/event/king-tide-hike-2
  • A ROYAL WALK WITH THE KING TIDES
    San Francisco County, San Francisco

    Pier 3
    Jan. 21, 10:30am
    Presented by the Exploratorium and Port of San Francisco
    Join Exploratorium and Port of San Francisco staff at Pier 3 (meet on the Bay side of the Seaside Restaurant) for a stroll along the waterfront to observe, photograph and discuss the King Tide. We'll talk about what causes the tides, why we have King Tides at this time of year, and how to participate in the California King Tides Project. We'll meet rain or shine. Come see the future! Free. Info: Lori Lambertson, llambertson@exploratorium.edu, www.exploratorium.edu/visit/calendar/king-tide-walk-january-2019
  • KING TIDES WALK ALONG THE WATERFRONT
    Alameda County, Oakland

    Jingletown, Fruitvale Bridge Park at corner of Fruitvale and Alameda Avenues
    Jan. 21, 10am-12:30pm
    Presented by Friends of Sausal Creek
    Join local historian Dennis Evanosky for this walking tour and learn the history of the waterway along the shoreline where Sausal Creek now flows into the estuary via a culvert. This event takes places during one of the King Tides of 2019 and participants are encouraged to bring their camera and help document what our daily tides may look like in the future as a result of sea level rise. Meet at Fruitvale Bridge Park. Info: Nicki Alexander, (510) 853-3533, education@sausalcreek.org
  • MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY SHORELINE CLEANUP
    Alameda County, Oakland

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day Regional Shoreline, 1 Swan Way
    Jan. 21, 9am-11:30am
    Presented by Save The Bay
    Honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by joining us at the MLK Shoreline in Oakland. We will pick up trash from the shoreline as well as observe a King Tide event and discuss its implications for the Bay Area. Info: savesfbay.org/experience-your-bay/save-the-bay-calendar.
  • JAVA WITH A LIFEGUARD KING TIDES TALK
    Monterey County, Pacific Grove

    Asilomar State Beach and Conference Grounds, 800 Asilomar Boulevard
    Jan. 21, 9am-10am
    Presented by California State Parks Lifeguards - Monterey District
    Meet up at Asilomar's Hearst Social Hall Terrace at 9am. Have coffee (for purchase at Phoebe's Cafe inside the Hall) and learn about King Tides – what they are and how these super tides affect our ocean and State Beach environment. Lifeguards will talk about ocean safety and share some of their tools of their trade. Free, no RSVP required. Layered clothing recommended. Free parking in all conference grounds parking lots in designated spaces. For ADA accommodation, please call (831) 646-6443 in advance of the event.
  • CAPTURE THE KING TIDE NATURE WALK
    Orange County, Dana Point

    Dana Point Harbor
    Jan. 21, 11:15am-12:15pm
    Presented by The Ocean Institute
    Learn about tides and how sea level rise is impacting our local coastline, then head to the local marine protected area to document the effects of the King Tides as a citizen scientist for the California. Info: www.ocean-institute.org
  • KING TIDE HIKE
    San Diego County, Imperial Beach

    Tijuana River Visitor Center, 301 Caspian Way
    Jan. 21, 9am-11am
    Presented by Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve
    Join Education Coordinator Anne Marie Tipton during one of the mornings of the January King Tide, the highest tides of the winter. Find out about how the Research Reserve continuously measures water depth and is a sentinel site keeping track of trends with a changing climate. Learn about our award winning planning to adapt to the impacts from riverine flooding and sea level rise. The walk starts at the Visitor Center and will make its way over to almost the south end of Seacoast Drive and then back, approximately 2 miles round trip. Info: www.facebook.com/events/285944482260847