September 29, 2023

Tidepool Research Camp Trip

Spectate the natural world that lies just beneath the veil of the ocean.

Tidepool Research Camp Trip

Spectate the natural world that lies just beneath the veil of the ocean.

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Guided by

Parker Kalan


02:00pm - 08:00am


October 27, 2023

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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.


During this workshop you will enjoy a full weekend of camping at one of the most pristine coastal state parks in California. There are incredibly low tides in the afternoon which we will use to explore, learn, and spectate the natural world that lies just beneath the veil of the ocean. 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. This is an incredible opportunity to immerse yourself in the phantasmagorical world of intertidal exploration and leave with the knowledge base to be the expert amongst your friends and anemones.


Friday 10/27


Arrive at our meeting location at 2PM and consolidate cars/shuttle to the Islay Creek campground where we will be staying for the weekend. After a quick camp Set-Up, we will embark on our first intertidal session at 4PM. This will be an exploratory/introductory session where we will begin to integrate with the environment and begin to formulate questions, build out a species list, and practice considerate observation strategies. After we enjoy the sunset we will head back to Camp ~7PM and have a group campfire and prepare dinner.

For late Friday arrivals – we will provide campground information to find us and settle in.

Saturday 10/28


Saturday we will have a casual morning wake up and coffee.

Then at 10AM we will depart (shuttle) for a bluff-side hike on the Pecho Coast trail (6-mile roundtrip, flat terrain) to make the most of the day as the tide drops. We will plan to be back at Camp ~2PM for our Oyster Shucking Clinic and tasting session with Grassy Bar Oyster Co. We will then depart for our premier Tidepooling session ~4PM where Parker will provide some literary context and set the scene for the best window of the weekend. Together we will share the rare experience of a low tide in a robust ecosystem. Expect to build a species list, find inspiration from the textures and colors that are normally covered, and if you’re lucky get a picture of an octopus. After sunset ~7PM we will return to camp for a provided dinner (Pumpkin Curry) and grilled Oysters over the campfire. This will be a night to celebrate with libations, stories around the campfire, and Halloween costumes (if you’re brave). Although dinner will be provided this night, bring a treat or drink to share with your new tidepool squad if you feel like it.

Sunday 10/29


We will wake up, debrief with coffee, pack-up and leave.

What's included

  • A shared experience connecting us with the ocean in a setting that promotes child-like wonder and free form exploration
  • Campsite and Camp Kitchen
  • (2) Nights of reserved camping
  • Oyster Shucking lesson and tasting
  • (2) Intertidal Sessions at Elite locations
  • Curated Camping/Fall Harvest Curry

What to bring

  • Warm Clothes
  • Headlamps or flashlights
  • Water Shoes or Boots
  • 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 Pumpkin Curry Dinner.


Official meet-up location and further event details to be sent out upon ticket confirmation.