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Marine Life Camp Trip – Morro Bay

A Camp Trip Oyster Farming, Kayaking, and experiencing Morro Bay.

Marine Life Camp Trip – Morro Bay

A Camp Trip Oyster Farming, Kayaking, and experiencing Morro Bay.

Event Details

Guided by

Parker Kalan & Natt McDonough


01:00pm - 11:00am


May 25, 2024

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75 Degrees / Sunny

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About Parker Kalan & Natt McDonough

As a kid, Natt McDonough was fortunate to live in places where she could “accidentally” wander off into the wild for days at a time, facilitating an early realization that nature will present new mysteries and wisdom each time it's held as a close friend. She was determined to spend her time learning to read the signs of ecosystem dynamics so that she could fill her role in the natural world with respect and grace. This led to research at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, where Natt focused on biodynamic aquaculture practices through the lens of a changing climate, in hopes of utilizing her findings to not only restore the waters she adored, but also to provide a source of sustainable food for coastal populations. Dreaming of creating an aquaculture system based in both stewardship and science, she carefully tended both land and sea for almost 10 years until finding her soul work as an oyster farmer, where she’s lucky enough to feed her community, care for her home, and stoke the fire of child-like wonder that accompanies each new day.

Parker Kalan grew up in Truckee, CA and spent most of his youth with his face in a mask and snorkel flipping over rocks and catching bugs. He kept leveling this ability up throughout his life and now works professionally as a marine biologist doing compliance surveys for the local nuclear power plant. Amongst his work he has gained an immense appreciation for marine life and tries to integrate the scientific regimented world with a literary, imaginative, and artistic view of the ocean and marine life and hopes to share, inspire, and connect with a broad audience to expand on this worldview.


This 2-night camp trip in Morro Bay features camping on a private location, a visit to an oyster farm, chef campfire dinner, and a tide pooling session. With Nat and Parker as your guides, you will enjoy a full weekend of exploring at one of the most pristine coastal state parks in California.

This is an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in the phantasmagorical world of California marine life and leave with the knowledge base to be the expert amongst your friends and anemones.


Saturday, May 25

11AM- 1PM: Arrive at Wagmore Campground.

Afternoon: Introduction Sunset Hike of Morro Bay.

Night: After we enjoy the sunset, we will head back to camp for dinner and storytelling around the campfire.

Sunday, May 26

Morning: Depart for morning kayaking to a real live oyster farm.

Afternoon: Head over to the Grassy Bar Oyster HQ and learn about oyster farming, shucking, and trying Oysters.

Evening: Day at the beach exploring the intertidal zones. This will be curated with literature and intentional exploration tips.

Night: Head back to camp for veggie curry, campfire unwind, and story time.

Monday, May 27

We will wake up, debrief with coffee, share local recommendations, pack up, and leave.

What's included

  • 2 nights of reserved camping
  • visit to an offshore oyster farm
  • kayaking in the bay
  • oyster shucking lesson and tasting
  • one guided tide pool research session
  • a full campsite kitchen
  • saturday night campsite curry dinner

What to bring

  • all camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, camp chair, etc.)
  • warm Clothes
  • headlamps / flashlights
  • water shoes
  • wetsuits (if desired)


Ability to tent-camp for 2 nights at a campground.
Capacity to navigate and traverse slippery terrain.
Provide your own food aside from the Oyster tasting and curry Dinner.


All camping fees included in cost of ticket. The North Face camping gear available to for free rental for all participants. Official meet-up location and further event details to be sent out upon ticket confirmation.