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Saturday, 4/29/2023, 11:00am- 3:00pm
A Walk to the Tide Pools
Instructor: Chris Giorni
Let’s meet at the Lands End Look out museum and cafe situated above Sutro Baths at the far North end of Ocean Beach for a day of beach combing and vista viewing. I‘ll bring some interesting artifacts like a harbor porpoise skull, Wolverine pelt and a few live rescued reptiles (Enigma the gopher snake, Scratch the Russian tortoise‚) to get us primed up for the day. Then we will hike an easy mile over the Lands end trail to “Secret beach”, aka Mile Rock Beach to go tide pooling and rock balancing.
We’ll shake tentacles with aggregating sea anemones, search for ochre sea stars, chase the white water as it rushes up the beach and scan the Golden gate for flocks of Western Brown pelicans gliding by in V formations.
Pack your lunch, fill your water bottle and wear some silly shoes because once you’re wet, you’re wet!
Instructor bio: Chris Giorni is a Zoologist, who has degrees in zoology and biology from UC Berkeley and San Francisco State. In 1999 he started a science education program called Tree Frog Treks out of his garage. Today, the program, which brings kids outdoors and delivers nature to classrooms, serves many Bay Area elementary schools and 25,000 children a year. He has taught California natural history and integrated science at University High School in San Francisco, Natural History and Biology at The College of Marin, and was an adjunct faculty member at the California Academy of Sciences. Chris believes in "Wild Science"; getting out into nature, slowing down to look, look, look again, listen, explore, and maybe get a bit dirty too. He loves frogs, body surfing, biking, tide pools and pizza.