Walk the Shoreline
A tour in the Living With Water series exploring urban resiliency in San Rafael

Illustration by Packard Jennings

Sunday, April 22, 2018


Pickleweed Park
50 Canal St, San Rafael

Open to the public free of charge. Reserve your spot on Eventbrite.

Binoculars, water, hat, sunscreen, layers and a snack.

2.5 mile walk




This Shoreline Walking Tour will begin at Pickleweed Park. In honor of Earth Day, we will look at habitat restoration and sea level rise adaptation strategies along the water’s edge. Beginning at Tiscornia Marsh, we will discuss efforts to protect the eroding shoreline using native plants and will observe birds and other critters that thrive in the marshlands along the Bay. Along our route south, we will hear about Living Shorelines prototypes that re-introduce native oysters and eel grass into the Bay as a form of shoreline protection. We will consider the historic ecology of the canal district, and the future shoreline of San Rafael. Participants will contribute their bird and plant species sightings to a community science survey of the area. Our tour will end at the Marin Rod and Gun Club for an oyster BBQ hosted by Hog Island Oyster Company, the remains of which will help to build the Living Shorelines of the future. This tour is part of the Living With Water series, created by the Studio for Urban Projects/Bionic Team for the Bay Area Resilient By Design Challenge. We are grateful to Hog Island Oyster Company for
their generous donation.

Katharyn Boyer, Professor of Biology, Estuary & Ocean Science Center and Lead Scientist for the Living Shorelines Project
Maureen Gaffney, San Francisco Bay Trail Planner
Rebecca Johnson, Citizen Science Lead, California Academy of Sciences
Jeremy Lowe, Senior Environmental Scientist, Resilient Landscapes Program Director, San Francisco Estuary Institute
John Parodi, Students and Teachers Restoring a Watershed Restoration Manager, Education & Outreach Coordinator Point Blue
Jeffrey Rhoads, Executive Director of Resilient Shores
Stuart Siegel, Wetlands Scientist, Siegel Environmental
Jude Stalker, Manager for Special Projects at the Marin Audubon Society
Todd Meyer, Former Rod and Gun Club Restoration Habitat Committee Chair
Amanda McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer WRA Environmental Consultants and Rod and Gun Club Restoration Habitat Committee Chair

  Founded in 2006 by Richard Johnson and Alison Sant, the Studio for Urban Projects is an interdisciplinary design collaborative that works at the intersection of architecture, urbanism, art, and social activism. Research, public programming, and prototyping are at the heart of our practice. Our projects aim to provoke change by reframing perceptions of the city and experimenting with the design of our urban systems. Engaging with the broad themes of ecology and urbanism, our projects bring together experts in the field in a cross-disciplinary dialog around the questions that shape our urban landscapes.

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