Welcome!

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 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.

2017/2018 King Tides Season Dates

  • December 3, 4, and 5, 2017
  • January 1 and 2, 2018

Find a place to view the tides and plan your shoot!

California State Parks will be broadcasting live on the morning of December 5th! Watch King Tides on your mobile device or computer screen on the State Parks Periscope channel from 9am to 12:30pm. Schedule:

  • Cardiff State Beach – 9:00am
  • Crystal Cove State Park – 9:30am
  • Morro Bay State Park – 10:30am
  • Ano Nuevo State Park – 11:00am
  • Angel Island State Park – 11:30am
  • Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park – 12:00pm

Join a group event! Below are just a few happening around King Tides. Check back soon for more.

DATE/TIME LOCATION DESCRIPTION
12/3/17
11:30am-12:15pm
Palo Alto:
Lucy Evans Baylands Nature Interpretive Center, 2775 Embarcadero Road
King Tide Walk
Suitable for families, relatively short walk; we’ll be talking about and visiting spots that have flooded in previous years. We’ll be sticking to dry land but will be walking a few feet from flooded areas. Info: Corinne C. DeBra
12/4/17
9am-10:30am
Half Moon Bay:
Miramar Beach Restaurant Parking Lot, Mirada Road
King Tides and Coffee
Join San Mateo County Sea Change to learn how king tides can help visualize future flooding risks in the County and for information about projects to reduce impacts from sea level rise. For information visit seachangesmc.com/current-efforts/san-mateo-county-king-tides.
12/4/17
11am-12:30pm
South San Francisco:
Oyster Point Marina Parking Lot
King Tides and Coffee
Join San Mateo County Sea Change to learn how king tides can help visualize future flooding risks in the County and for information about projects to reduce impacts from sea level rise. For information visit seachangesmc.com/current-efforts/san-mateo-county-king-tides.
12/4/17
9am-11:30am
Watsonville:
Elkhorn Slough Reserve Visitor Center, 1700 Elkhorn Road
Elkhorn Slough Reserve King Tide Day
Walk the trails to view and learn about King Tides and Reserve management for sea level rise. Contact: Virginia.Guhin@wildlife.ca.gov
12/4/17
8am-9:30am
Newport Beach
26th St Parking Lot, 128 26th Street
Urban Tides Community Science Initiative
Join USC Sea Grant for a beach walk, take photos of the king tides, chat about sea level rise and the benefits of natural shorelines, and view maps with new projections for flooding hazards. Contact: lchilton@usc.edu
12/4/17
2pm
Dana Point
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Tidepool Hike
Families can explore a rocky Marine Conservation Area and search for snails, crabs, sea stars, and other animals that make the tidepools their home during some of the lowest tides of the year. Learn about King Tides and how sea level rise will impact our shoreline. Reserve your spot.
12/5/17
11:30am-12:15pm
San Francisco:
Pier 3, Embarcadero near Washington Street
King Tide Walk
Join Exploratorium staff on San Francisco’s waterfront (meet on the Bay side of the Seaside Restaurant) for a stroll along to observe, photograph, and discuss King Tides. 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.
12/5/17
11am-noon
San Francisco:
11 Howard Street, at the Embarcadero
Look Ahead San Francisco
Join Climate Access and the City of San Francisco for the launch of this new campaign and virtual reality app, allowing people to experience sea level rise at three locations in San Francisco and what’s possible at the sites if action is taken. Learn more and RSVP.
12/5/17
2pm
Dana Point
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Tidepool Hike
Families can explore a rocky Marine Conservation Area and search for snails, crabs, sea stars, and other animals that make the tidepools their home during some of the lowest tides of the year. Learn about King Tides and how sea level rise will impact our shoreline. Reserve your spot.
12/5/17
8:30am
Carlsbad:
Contact Paige at pdecino@preservecalavera.org for location
Talk about Climate Change Over Coffee
Join residents of north coastal San Diego county for a coffee meetup at a local cafe. We’ll have a brief discussion about climate change and what the city of Carlsbad is doing to address sea level rise.
12/16/17
4pm-5pm
San Rafael:
China Camp Village Museum, 100 China Camp Village
Village Talk: King Tides with NERR
Learn what extreme high tides can tell us about sea level rise, and what scientists have learned so far and how they are learning more through research at China Camp State Park. Reservations are required.
1/1/18
10:30am-11:30am
Arcata:
Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center, 569 S G Street
King Tides Walking Tour of Arcata Marsh
Join a guided walking tour of the marsh to observe the King Tides. Rain or shine. Contact: Friends of Arcata Marsh at 707-826-2359
1/1/18
10:30am-12:30pm
San Rafael:
China Camp State Park, Turtleback Hill Nature Trail
King Tides Nature Walk
Join the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for a short walk near the edge of China Camp’s tidal salt marsh. Nature should put on a quietly beautiful show as the rising tide slowly floods the marsh. Learn about the marsh, scientific research occurring there, and what king tides can teach us about sea level rise. Bring your camera. Registration required.
1/1/18
10am-12:30pm
Berkeley:
Sea Breeze Deli, south side of ​University Avenue ​at W. Frontage Road
History and Future on a New Year’s Day King Tide Walk
Explore Berkeley waterfront history, ongoing restoration, what rising sea levels may mean, and what we can do. Feel free to bring binoculars or a camera. Easy, level, ​2-mi. walk but some trails may be slippery, muddy, or flooded. This walk is rain or shine! Info: f5creeks@gmail.com or www.fivecreeks.org/calendar.shtml
1/1/18
9:30-11:30am
Oakland:
The benches at Fruitvale Bridge Park, intersection of Fruitvale Avenue and Alameda Avenue
King Tides Walk along the Oakland Waterfront
Start 2018 off with an invigorating walking tour of the history and science of the Oakland Estuary. Local historian Dennis Evanosky will share the fascinating history of the waterway along the shoreline. Friends of Sausal Creek Education Manager Jill Miller will discuss how sea level rise is expected to impact our city. Bring your camera and wear sturdy shoes. Rain will not cancel the walk. Contact: Jill Miller, (510) 853-3533
1/2/18
10am-12pm
Del Norte County:
See-ch’a~, Smith River Rancheria
King Tides with the Tolowa Dee-ni’
Gather at a safe bluff-top viewing location with Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation staff who will discuss king tides and answer questions. Meet at the See-ch’a~ prayer rock location, north of Lucky 7 Casino, on the ocean side of 101. (Look for signs.) Contact: Rosa Maa-naa-xee Laucci, rosa.laucci@tolowa.com, (707) 487-3256
1/2/18
11:30am-1:30pm
San Rafael:
China Camp State Park, Turtleback Hill Nature Trail
King Tides Nature Walk
Join the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for a short walk near the edge of China Camp’s tidal salt marsh. Nature should put on a quietly beautiful show as the rising tide slowly floods the marsh. Learn about the marsh, scientific research occurring there, and what king tides can teach us about sea level rise. Bring your camera. Registration required.
1/2/18
10:30am-11:15am
San Francisco:
Pier 3, Embarcadero near Washington Street
A Royal Walk with the King Tides
Join Exploratorium staff at Pier 3 on San Francisco’s waterfront (meet on the Bay side of the Seaside Restaurant) for a stroll 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.
1/2/18
11:30am-12:30pm
Fremont:
San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 2 Marshlands Road
A Walk Amongst Kings: King Tides Walk
Take time out on your lunch break and view the highest tide of the season. See how tidal marshes can help prevent flooding and help reduce the impacts of sea level rise on this stroll with Carmen Minch.
Register at https://donedwardskingtideswalk.eventbrite.com.
1/2/18
8:30am-9:30m; 2:30
Dana Point:
Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Tide Talk and Tidepool Hike
Learn about king tides, taking scientifically meaningful photos, and why king tides are particularly helpful in research related to sea level rise. Be introduced to USC Sea Grant’s Urban Tides program and learn how to take scientifically meaningful photos related to urban tides in support of their research. Join a Tidepool Hike at 2:30pm. Reserve you spot.
1/2/18
9:30-11:30am
Imperial Beach:
Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center, 301 Caspian Way
Tijuana Estuary King Tide Hike
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. Approx. 2 miles walk. Info www.facebook.com/events/878456222303485/.

StoryMap Showcases King Tides Projects Around the World

We teamed up with our friends at NOAA’s Digital Coast to make this cool StoryMap, featuring King Tides projects from around the world.  Click here to check it out!

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