Tide Pool Exploration Eco Tour
Be an Ocean Connector and explore San Diego’s diverse intertidal zone on this naturalist-led Tidepooling Eco Tour!
We will walk through the tide pools together while identifying and interacting with the various species that live there. Our naturalist guide will teach you about local ecology and conservation. We include an iNaturalist training for species identification. iNaturalist is a useful tool for explorers to identify and record species in the area. This is an adventure for the whole family with a scavenger hunt and treasure chest available at the end for winners!
Best of all, proceeds of your Eco Tour ticket go to our nonprofit environmental education programs. Which directly supports youth in underserved communities.
|Group Size||Maximum 15|
|Ticket Cost||$25/Adult $20/Child|
|Season||December — April|
Tide Pool Exploration Highlights
What You Need to Know – Tide Pool Exploration
FAQs – Tide Pool Exploration Eco Tour
Do I need to be an expert tidepooler to join this tour?
You do not need any prior tidepooling experience to join this trip! Our naturalist guide will help you identify species and share interesting facts as well as teach you about local ecology and marine conservation. The San Diego tide pools are excellent spots to learn and observe the biodiversity of the intertidal zone! You do not need to be an expert to have a wonderful adventure!
What fitness level is required?
During this tour we stay localized in the flat rocky tide pools. Therefore, no particular fitness level is required. As long as you can walk on top of rocks, you have all the skills necessary! If you have any physical limitations, please let us know in advance.
What makes this an “eco” tour?
Ocean Connectors is a nonprofit program with a mission to educate, inspire, and connect youth in underserved Pacific coastal communities through the study of migratory marine life. When you purchase your Eco Tour ticket all proceeds go directly back to our youth education programs. All of our tours focus on environmental education and conservation and align with our mission to educate, inspire and connect. We hope to inspire guests to get involved in protecting our oceans! On our Whale Watching Eco Tour we also participate in citizen science, directly contributing to research and the protection of the whales in our region.
What is citizen science?
Citizen science is the practice of public participation and collaboration in research to increase scientific knowledge. Citizen science helps with gathering scientific data as well as fostering community involvement. On this tour we will use apps like iNaturalist and Seek. Data collected using these can play an increasingly important role in science and conservation, with applications ranging from research and monitoring to species management, habitat protection, and informing law and policy.
How does my ticket purchase support youth education?
Ocean Connectors provides presentations and field trips for all public elementary and middle schools in National City, as well as 27 schools in Nayarit, Mexico. All our youth education is free of charge, and our vison is to cultivate a future generation of passionate, globally-aware, and empowered coastal residents who take active steps to enjoy and protect ocean health. All proceeds of your ticket price goes directly toward these youth education programs. All our 5th grade students use the gray whale as a case study and attend whale watching excursions with Flagship Cruises and Events every year!