Field Lab: Tidelands Oct. 20

Visit the Field Lab and explore the dynamics of the San Francisco Bay. From the critters that live in the tidelands to the impacts of rising seas to the regional policies and projects that will help us adapt to the effects of climate change, the Field Lab will engage the public in understanding our tidelands. Over three weeks, the Field Lab will be installed in front of the museum providing a venue for hands-on workshops, talks, radio broadcasts, a research library, and film screenings.

Thursday, October 20
12:00–3:00 p.m.
Field Lab Library
Come browse titles from the Exploratorium’s Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery. Flip through a field guide to underwater plants or learn about the tides.

1:00 p.m.
Lab and Lunch: Resilient Landscapes
With Katharyn Boyer, Rebecca Johnson and Shawn Lani
Bring your lunch and examine the ways in which the Bay’s historical ecology may inform our approaches to climate change adaptation. We’ll look at ways in which “green” infrastructures of restored wetlands and oyster reefs, which help buffer against rising tides, can mix with the “grey” infrastructures of sea walls, levees, and dikes to produce new models of urban infrastructure. We will explore how our approaches to adaptation have direct consequences for the biodiversity and ecological resilience of the Bay Area. And we’ll address ways in which we, as citizen scientists, can track the changes taking place, which can inform potential solutions. Moderated by Alison Sant, co-founder and partner in the Studio for Urban Projects. Recording archived here (mp3 64:51).

Katharyn Boyer, Professor of Biology at San Francisco State’s Romberg Tiburon Center
Rebecca Johnson, Director of Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences.
Shawn Lani, Founding Director of the Exploratorium’s Studio for Public Spaces.

2:00–3:00 p.m.
Wetlands Restoration Workshop
With Patrick Marley Rump and Denise King
Join us  for a workshop exploring the plants used to restore San Francisco Bay’s vital wetlands and the critters that live among them.

Patrick Marley Rump, Executive Director and Programs Manager for Literacy for Environmental Justice
Denise King, Biologist and Exploratorium Exhibit Developer

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