The California King Tides Project help people visualize how sea level rise will impact their lives. Via smartphones and social media, we invite you to document “king tides” – the highest high tides of today, which will be the average water levels of the future. Everyone is welcome to participate!
Our shores are constantly being altered by human and natural processes and projections indicate that sea level rise will exacerbate these changes. King Tides images offer a living record of the changes to our coasts and shorelines and a glimpse of what our daily tides may look like in the future as a result of sea level rise.
2015/2016 King Tides Season Dates
- November 24, 25, and 26, 2015
- December 22, 23, and 24, 2015
- January 21 and 22, 2016
View this map for a full listing of king tides times, locations and predicted tide heights across the state. Below is a list of king tide outreach events happening across the state.
|San Francisco Bay Area|
|King Tides: Walk to Work With Us!||1/21
|Meet next to the Bay behind the Plant Restaurant at Pier 3 in San Francisco and walk to the Exploratorium at Pier 15
||We will make observations, take photos, talk about “What’s Going On?”, and walk to work together. BYOCoffee.||Lori Lambertson, Exploratorium
|King Tides: Brown Bag in the Exploratorium’s Observatory!
|Exploratorium at Pier 15 in San Francisco.
Program included with regular admission to the Exploratorium.
|Visit the Exploratorium Observatory’s tide exhibits and do some hands-on activities to explore why the King Tides are happening this week. BYOLunch.||Lori Lambertson, Exploratorium
|King Tide Nature Walk||11/25, 12/23 & 1/21||China Camp State Park and Rush Ranch Open Space||Learn about the marsh, scientific research occurring there, and what king tides can teach us about sea level rise.
|Sarah D. Ferner, SF Bay NERR Education Coordinator|
|Sketch the King Tides||1/23
|San Francisco, Pier 14||Join this meet-up to sketch high tides on the Embarcadero
|Watch the Waters Rise at Pier 14||11/24
9:30am – 10:15am
|San Francisco, Pier 14||Take a coffee break with us to watch the water rise and snap a selfie of you and king tides in 2100!||Annie Frankel, California Coastal Commission Education Coordinator|
|Coffee & King Tides at CuriOdyssey||11/24 9:30am||San Mateo, CuriOdyssey at Coyote Point||Join SMC Supervisor Pine and Supervisor Groom for a king tides coffee break! Meet inside the CuriOdyssey museum for coffee and conversation on tides, El Niño, and sea level rise before our Bayside walk and photo shoot. Bring your travel mug and camera! High tide is at 10:16.||Hilary Papendick, County of San Mateo, Climate Resilience Specialist, 650-363-4194|
|King Tides walk for ages 50+||1/21
|Shimada Friendship Park, Marina Bay Parkway at Peninsula Dr., Richmond||Get a glimpse of what rising sea levels will mean to Bay wildlife and to us humans on this easy, level walk. Binocs and cameras welcome; birds will be crowded into high-tide refuges.||Friends of Five Creeks,
|Coffee & King Tides||11/24 10:30am – 11:30am||Don Edwards SF Bay NWR Visitor Center, 2 Marshlands Rd, Fremont, CA, 94555||Take a coffee break with us! Program includes a short walk to the viewing areas. Bring a travel mug and a camera.||Jennifer Heroux, Chief of Visitor Services, SF Bay NWRC 510-792-0222 ext. 363|
|Coffee & King Tides at Surfer’s Beach||11/24 9:00am – 10:00am||Surfer’s Beach, adjacent to Highway 1 and Pillar Point Harbor||Meet SMC Supervisor Don Horsley and HMB Mayor Marina Fraser for coffee and views of the high-tide from the CA Coastal Trail at Surfer’s Beach near Pillar Point Harbor. Bring your travel mug and camera!||Deborah Hirst, Legislative Aide, Supervisor Don Horsley, firstname.lastname@example.org, 650-599-1019|
|Annual Elkhorn Slough Reserve Volunteer King Tide Walk||1/26/2015
|Elkhorn Slough Reserve, Watsonville California||The annual volunteers walk to 4 sites around the Reserve to capture the impact of this year’s King Tide on sensitive habitat and infrastructure. Open to the public as well!||Virginia Guhin, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Elkhorn Slough NERR, 831-728-2822|
|King Tide Impact Science||11/24
7:30am – 8:30am
|Santa Barbara’s East Beach, adjacent to the Mission Creek Estuary||Bring a camera and come experience rising sea levels of the future by watching and documenting King Tide impacts.||Jackie Hunt, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Programs Coordinator
805-962-2526, ext 110
|Urban Tides on Your Shore:||11/27
|Long Beach, Belmont Shore. Meet at Leeway Sailing Center: 5437 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803||Bring your camera and join USC Sea Grant for a walk around the Peninsula. We’ll chat about sea level rise, the benefits of natural shorelines, and how you can help contribute to the science.||Linda Chilton, USC Sea Grant, Education Program Manager
|Volunteers Needed||All king tides dates||Santa Barbara County and Northern Ventura County||Help photo-document King Tides in our community. Sign up to volunteer to monitor a beach near you!||Jenna Driscoll, Watershed and Marine Program Associate, Santa Barbara Channelkeeper, 805-563-3377 x 5|
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