California King Tides Project. Snap the Shore, See the Future. A family watches the king tides at San Francisco's Pier 14

California King Tides Project

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DECEMBER 4 & 5, 2021
JANUARY 2 & 3, 2022
(plus JANUARY 1, 2022 north of Ventura County)

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The California King Tides Project helps us visualize future sea level by observing the highest tides of today. You can help by taking and sharing photos of the shoreline during King Tides to create a record of changes to our coast and estuaries.

Explore a map of photos from recent King Tides.

Find out what time and how high the King Tides will be near you. Learn how to participate by uploading your photos via a web browser or with a free app. Your photos will be added to a map of this season's King Tides photos. As always, please be cautious and respect the power of the ocean, and don't disturb shorebirds that may be much farther upland than usual.


Join a King Tides event:

Each respective hosting organization is responsible for the following events. Please contact them for further details.

Saturday, November 6, 2021

  • King Tides Walk at the Baylands
    Palo Alto

    Environmental Volunteers EcoCenter
    Nov. 6, 2pm-3:30pm
    Presented by Environmental Volunteers
    Join a fun, interactive learning experience which will teach you about what King Tides are and why they are so exciting. All ages are welcome – activities will be accessible and enjoyable for kids and adults alike. Please bring a facemask, which fully covers the nose and mouth, for each member of your group. Event will be outdoors so dress and prepare accordingly (hats, sunscreen, sun-glasses, close-toed shoes, and water are all recommended). Free. More info and registration at www.evols.org/blog/event/fall-2021-king-tides-program.

Friday, December 3, 2021

  • King Tides at State Parks
    Online

    Dec. 3, 8am-10am
    Presented by California State Parks
    Join interpreters up and down the coast to see what King Tides look like at our coastal State Parks. Broadcast will take place on Facebook Live and be posted on the California State Parks page after the broadcast. You do not need a Facebook account to watch.

Saturday, December 4, 2021

  • A Royal Walk with the King Tide
    San Francisco

    Dec. 4, 10:15am-11:15am
    Presented by Exploratorium and Port of San Francisco
    Join Exploratorium educator Lori Lambertson and Port of San Francisco staff for a stroll along the San Francisco waterfront to observe, photograph, and discuss the king tide. Find out what causes the tides and why we have king tides at this time of year, and learn about the Port's Waterfront Resilience Program and related sea level rise and resilience projects. Rain or shine. Come see the future! This event is free, and museum entrance is not included. Gather between Pier 3 and Pier 5 on the Bay side of the Embarcadero. The high tide predicted at Pier 41 is 7.33 feet at 10:43am. We request that participants wear masks during this event. For more information, email llambertson@exploratorium.edu. (This walk is presented in conjunction with Glow Fest — visit the Exploratorium to learn more about king tides, the pull of the moon, and the science of light.)
  • King Tides Walk at Cooley Landing, in Spanish
    Caminata Naturalista: Grandes Mareas en Cooley Landing, con Grassroots Ecology
    Centro Educativo de Cooley Landing
    2100 Bay Road
    East Palo Alto

    Dec. 4, 10:30am-12:30pm
    ¡Acompáñanos para una mañana de caminata en Cooley Landing durante una de las mareas más altas del año! Los participantes van a aprender sobre las mareas reales y la ecología de este parque tan especial. Esta caminata será conducida en español. Después de la caminata, repartiremos bebidas calientes y botanas. Si quieres aprender más sobre la caminata o registrarte, por favor use esta página de Eventbrite.
  • King Tides Walk at Elkhorn Slough
    Watsonville

    Dec. 4, 9am-11am
    Presented by California Department of Fish & Wildlife and Elkhorn Slough Foundation
    Explore the year's highest tides as they swamp the Reserve’s trails! Join Reserve naturalists on a hike to witness the King Tide phenomenon and learn about climate change impacts the Reserve's research and restoration team is working on. This walk involves a short (1 mile) walk on a moderate trail, with one large hill. Meet at Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road in Watsonville. This event is FREE but registration is required to keep group sizes small – please fill out the form on our event page at www.elkhornslough.org/events/king-tide-walk-211204.
  • King Tides at Ponto Beach
    Carlsbad

    Dec. 4, 8am-9am
    Presented by Preserve Calavera and Batiquitos Lagoon Foundation
    Participate in citizen science at Ponto Beach in Carlsbad. Meet at the parking lot on the west side of Coast Highway just North of La Costa Avenue and look for the canopy. This is an opportunity to see the impact of a king tide - a preview of what climate change will bring. Presenters will answer questions on climate change, sea level rise, and habitat impacts. Bring your cameras and coffee. For more information email pdecino@preservecalavera.org.
  • King Tides Project at Rose Creek Salt Marsh and Estuary
    San Diego

    Dec. 4, 7:30am-9am
    Presented by Friends of Rose Creek
    Meet on the Mike Gotch Bridge of the lower Rose Creek Salt Marsh and Estuary, 2600 N. Mission Bay Drive in San Diego, to photograph the king tides. Parking is available on North Mission Bay Drive just east of the bridge. The bridge itself is part of a Bike Path around Mission Bay Drive. Public transit runs a short distance away with San Diego Transit Bus #30 that stops at Grand Avenue and Bond Street.
    From there we will walk along the Salt Marsh and Estuary to the Garnet Avenue Bridge which normally delineates the fresh water portion of the creek from the Salt Marsh and document how far upstream the tide has progressed. More info at saverosecreek.org/events/king-tides-at-rose-creek-2

Sunday, December 5, 2021

  • King Tide Viewing and Bike Ride in Oceanside
    Oceanside

    Dec. 5, 8:30am
    Presented by San Diego Surfrider
    Look for a blue Surfrider flag or banner at Buccaneer Park. After intros and a viewing of Buccaneer Beach, the group will take a 0.8 mile bike ride to the strand on Wisconsin Street to view potential flooding. Background will be provided on how sea level rise is already playing out in Oceanside. Details at sandiego.surfrider.org/king-tides-2021-observe-document.
  • King Tide Viewing at the Carlsbad "Dip"
    Carlsbad

    Dec. 5, 8:30am
    Presented by San Diego Surfrider
    Look for a blue Surfrider flag or banner at North Ponto Parking Lot to join a short walk to "the dip" to view potential flooding and talk about managed retreat of the Southbound Hwy 101. Details at sandiego.surfrider.org/king-tides-2021-observe-document.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

  • Sea Level Rise & Shoreline Contamination Regional Workshop - Day One
    Online for San Francisco Bay Region

    Dec. 8, 3:30pm-6pm
    Presented by Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
    A two-day online workshop on the threat of sea level rise to contaminated sites around San Francisco Bay. Contact julia@greenaction.org with questions. Register for the Zoom event at bit.ly/SLR-Contamination

Thursday, December 9, 2021

  • Sea Level Rise & Shoreline Contamination Regional Workshop - Day Two
    Online for San Francisco Bay Region

    Dec. 9, 3:30pm-6pm
    Presented by Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice
    A two-day online workshop on the threat of sea level rise to contaminated sites around San Francisco Bay. Contact julia@greenaction.org with questions. Register for the Zoom event at bit.ly/SLR-Contamination

Friday, December 10, 2021

  • Virtual Live Lesson Climate Stories: Surf's Up!
    Online

    Dec. 10, 10am-10:45am
    Presented by San Diego Natural History Museum
    Join this program to explore how climate change affects life in our oceans. We will use experiments to better understand how changes in climate, combined with ocean warming and ocean acidification, impact life on land. This program is presented as a Zoom webinar and is also streamed on Facebook Live with captioning. The program is free, and open to classrooms or at-home learners. Recommended for grade 2 and up, but all are welcome. Register at www.sdnhm.org/calendar/by-date?date=2021-12-10.

Sunday, January 2, 2022

  • King Tides Walk at Elkhorn Slough
    Watsonville

    Jan. 2, 9am-11am
    Presented by California Department of Fish & Wildlife and Elkhorn Slough Foundation
    Explore the year's highest tides as they swamp the Reserve’s trails! Join Reserve naturalists on a hike to witness the King Tide phenomenon and learn about climate change impacts the Reserve's research and restoration team is working on. This walk involves a short (1 mile) walk on a moderate trail, with one large hill. Meet at Elkhorn Slough Reserve, 1700 Elkhorn Road in Watsonville. This event is FREE but registration is required to keep group sizes small – please fill out the form on our event page at www.elkhornslough.org/events/king-tide-walk-220102.

Contact the California King Tides Project at kingtides@coastal.ca.gov.