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Field Trips

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Birch Aquarium, and Tidepooling in La Jolla

Sunday, 3 November 2013
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Cost: $35

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, part of the University of California San Diego, is a renowned center for ocean, earth, and atmospheric science research and education. It is also home to the popular San Diego attraction, the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Trip participants will visit the Aquarium as well as the Scripps Pier, where they will learn more about the activities of the Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System from Scripps scientists. The trip will conclude by taking advantage of an excellent low tide and exploring the tidepools of the Scripps Coastal Reserve. Box lunch and transportation will be provided.

Attire: Please be prepared for tidepooling (e.g., shoes you don’t mind getting wet).

14 people minimum, 28 people maximum

Natural and Human History at the Cabrillo National Monument and Tidepools

Sunday, 3 November 2013
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Cost: $30

The Cabrillo National Monument, part of our National Park System, is a wealth of cultural and natural resources. Situated at the end of the Point Loma peninsula jutting into the Pacific Ocean, the Cabrillo National Monument boasts an unsurpassed view of the coast, San Diego Bay, and the greater San Diego area. Trip participants will visit the Monument’s Visitor Center, historic military sites, and the Old Point Loma Lighthouse (one of the original eight lighthouses on the West Coast). The rocky intertidal area at the base of the peninsula is one of the best-protected tidepool systems in southern California, and the trip will conclude with a low tide excursion to this area. Docents are available to provide interpretation. Box lunch and transportation will be provided.

Attire: Please be prepared for tidepooling (e.g., shoes you don’t mind getting wet).

14 people minimum, 28 people maximum

Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve and the US / Mexico Border

Sunday, 3 November 2013
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Cost: $25

The Tijuana River Estuary is one of 28 reserves in NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve System, and is situated immediately north of the US / Mexico border. The tour will lead participants across the Coronado Bridge over San Diego Bay and down the Silver Strand to Imperial Beach. The tour will stop at the Tijuana Estuary Visitor Center to orient participants to local marsh habitats and the Reserve’s many partners (including California State Parks, the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, and the Southwest Wetlands Interpretive Association). The tour will continue to the southern Tijuana River Valley and along the international border. Tour stops will demonstrate the complex ecological and social setting of the largest intact coastal wetland in southern California, and highlight efforts underway to understand, protect, and restore this vital area. Box lunch and transportation will be provided.

7 people minimum, 20 people maximum

The San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project

Sunday, 3 November 2013
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Cost: $25

At San Dieguito Lagoon, just north of San Diego, the power company Southern California Edison is restoring 150 acres of coastal salt marsh wetlands to mitigate the impact on marine fish populations of the cooling water systems for San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The goal of the San Dieguito Lagoon restoration project is to preserve, improve, and create a variety of habitats to increase and maintain fish and wildlife and to ensure the protection of endangered species. Monitoring the success of major environmental restoration projects can be difficult, however, and an independent longterm monitoring plan was developed to assess restoration success. A team of scientists from the University of California Santa Barbara is leading the monitoring program, and they and partners from San Diego State University and California State University Long Beach will show trip participants the core modules of the restoration and discuss the research supporting a better understanding of the functioning and restoration of this coastal lagoon. Box lunch and transportation will be provided.

14 people minimum, 26 people maximum