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Marine Life Camp Trip – Morro Bay

A Camp Trip Tidepooling, Whale Watching, & Oyster Farming.

Marine Life Camp Trip – Morro Bay

A Camp Trip Tidepooling, Whale Watching, & Oyster Farming.

Event Details

Guided by

Parker Kalan


01:00pm - 11:00am


March 7, 2024

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Weather Forecast

60 Degrees / Cloudy

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About Parker Kalan

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 a whale watching boat trip, a visit to an oyster farm, and multiple guided tide pooling sessions. With Parker as your guide, you will enjoy a full weekend of exploring at one of the most pristine coastal state parks in California.

The weekend was specially selected as there are incredibly low tides in the afternoons, which we will use to explore, learn, and spectate the natural world that lies beneath. Further, Parker has linked up with Grassy Bar Oyster Co. to facilitate an oyster shucking class and information session about aquaculture in Morro Bay – and of course eat oysters. On Saturday, we will also board a whale watching boat to explore the waters with SubSea Adventures.

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.


Thursday, March 7

1PM - 3PM: Arrive at Islay Creek Campground.

Afternoon: First intertidal session. This will be an informal "splash zone" introduction to the tidepools as we explore, begin to formulate questions, build out a species list, and practice considerate observation strategies.

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

Friday, March 8

Morning: Depart for morning whale watching with SubSea Adventures in Morro Bay.

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

Evening: Final intertidal location. This will be curated with literature and intentional exploration tips.

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

Saturday, March 9

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

What's included

  • 2 nights of reserved camping
  • 2-hour whale watching boat trip
  • oyster shucking lesson and tasting
  • 2 guided tide pool research sessions
  • 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 / whale watching fees included in cost of ticket. Official meet-up location and further event details to be sent out upon ticket confirmation.