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King Tides Walk

January 23, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

| Free

As part of the California King Tides Initiative and Acterra welcome members of the public to observe and document the highest seasonal tides, or “king tides,” while learning about shoreline and marshland ecology.

The event will begin with an educational talk at Cooley Landing with a docent from Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge. After, attendees will walk along the Bay Trail to photograph the high tides and the impact of rising waters on wildlife habitat in the baylands.  Participants can then share those images through social media and contribute to a living record of the changes to California’s shorelines– providing a glimpse of what our daily tides may look like in the future as a result of sea level rise.

What to bring: A camera or smart phone, binoculars, lunch, and warm layers. Minors under 18 need to bring a parent-signed waiver form.

We will provide: Coffee and tea

What are King Tides?

“King Tides” are high tides that occur when the gravitational pull of the sun and the moon are in alignment. When these tides happen at the same time as stormy weather (as is often the case during California’s winters), water levels can rise even higher. These high water levels can show us how higher sea levels due to climate change might impact our communities in the future.

What is the King Tide Photo Initiative?

Seasonal high tide events can provide a preview of what we might experience regularly in the future as a result of rising sea levels. The King Tide Photo Initiative is an opportunity to share what you see in your community with others through Flickr. Everyone is welcome to participate!

The objectives of the King Tide Photo Initiative are to:

  • Engage Californians in a conversation about the future of our beloved coastal areas
  • Identify and catalog coastal areas that are currently vulnerable to tidal inundation
  • Build an online resource of images that can be used by everyone – be that artists, high school students, public servants, non-profit organizations, scientists – to communicate about coastal hazards


Questions about this event?
Please direct questions to Jessica Sanchez, jessica.sanchez@acterra.org

PLEASE NOTE: When you complete your registration for this event, you DO NOT need to print a receipt or ticket.


January 23, 2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Cooley Landing
2091 Bay Road, East Palo Alto, 94303