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February 21-22, 2018 

Hilton Oakland Airport Hotel

1 Hegenberger Road, Oakland, CA 94621

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Photo credit: Save The Bay - San Francisco 

Restore America's Estuaries (RAE), in partnership with Save The Bay - San Francisco and the California State Coastal Conservancy, is pleased to co-host the second national living shorelines workshop! 


The final agenda is now available! The program will cover the major development in living shorelines, including science, policy, outreach, and more. The program will be a mix of presentation and group activities, with the primary goal being to advance the community and learn from each other in order to increase the efficacy and implementation of these approaches. Please note that changes will continue to occur as the agenda details are finalized, so check back periodically. 

The workshop will occur primarily in Building 4 of the hotel property, with some of the breakout sessions occurring in Building 5. Building 4 is across from the hotel lobby via a small parking lot. Building 4 also contains the hotel restaurant and bar, so head for that general area and then turn right to reach the International Ballroom and Foyer.

Field Sessions

Registration for the field sessions has ended. For those registered for a field session, please be in the lobby of the hotel no later than 8:00 am on Friday, February 23, for a prompt departure. You will be receiving additional information regarding attire and related logistics via email. Vans will leave from and return to the hotel, with an anticipated return time of no later than 1:30 pm PT. Transportation and lunch will be provided.

Please contact Marilyn Latta (Marilyn.Latta@scc.ca.gov) if you have questions.

Poster Session

Posters will be displayed on a free-standing board throughout the two-day meeting. Posters must be a maximum of four feet tall by four feet wide, although you do not need to use the entire space. Some people choose to have smaller posters and then have space for business cards, handouts, or similar items for interested folks. The poster boards will be free standing and not attached to a wall. Push pins will be provided.

Poster set-up must occur no later than 7:45 am on Wednesday, February 21, and removal must occur no later than 5:15 pm on Thursday, February 22. Any poster remaining after this time will be removed, destroyed, and recycled. RAE and the venue are not liable for any costs associated with the production or replacement of your poster. You – or your designee – need to bring and put up the poster. RAE representatives will be unable to do so on your behalf.

Each poster will be assigned a number. Check the agenda or ask at the on-site registration desk for your poster’s number. Each board will have a number on it – all you’ll need to do is find your assigned board and tack up your poster. Should you need assistance, staff will be available to help.

Posters will be featured during the networking reception, which will occur on Wednesday, February 21, from 5:00 – 6:30 pm.

Space will be limited and posters will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would like to present a poster, please send the following information to Suzanne Simon (ssimon@estuaries.org): presenter name, presenter affiliation, poster title, and a poster description (50 words max). The deadline to submit is COB Wednesday, February 14.


The early-bird registration is $150 and will be available through Wednesday, February 7, 2018. After that time, the registration fee increases to $225. The fee includes lunch both days, snacks, and refreshments, along with an evening cash bar reception the first evening.

To register, please click here.

List of sponsors and exhibitors 

To learn more about exhibiting and sponsorships, please click here.

Questions? Contact Courtney Lewis at clewis@estuaries.org or 703-524-0248. 

Current sponsors and exhibitors 

Hotel and Travel Information

HILTON OAKLAND AIRPORT: 1 Hegenberger Road, Oakland CA, 94621, USA, +1 510 383 4056 - for general information about the hotel, click here.

Rates: Standard double - $125; standard king - $161 - please use this link to access these special rates, which will be avilable only through February 10, 2018. The $125 rate is sold out and no longer available.

Getting to the hotel: the hotel offers offers a free shuttle to and from the Oakland airport (airport code OAK), which is less than a mile away. If you choose to use San Francisco Airport (airport code SFO), you have a couple of options to get to the venue. A Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station is in the airport and you can take BART to the Oakland airport, and then take the free shuttle from the airport to the hotel. Note that you will need to change lines. For more information, please visit http://www.bart.gov/. Alternatively, you can take a taxi or ride-share service such as Lyft.

Taking the free hotel airport shuttle: from the Oakland Airport, call the hotel at 1-510-635-5000 (press 2 when prompted to reach the front desk), and let them know you would like to take the shuttle to the hotel. They will tell you where to wait for the shuttle. The shuttle leaves the airport approximately every 20 minutes from 4:00 am to 2:00 am.

Complimentary guest room wifi

$8 daily and overnight parking

Out and about in Oakland and the Bay Area 

Free shuttle from hotel to BART

Ride sharing service or taxi makes downtown 15-20 minutes, depending on traffic

For more information on Oakland, visit https://www.visitoakland.com

Easy access to San Francisco via BART or ferry

Special Thanks to the Steering Committee

We are grateful to the members of the Steering Committee, whose hard work and dedication have helped us create and host this exceptional Workshop. We thank the following individuals for their time, effort, and participation:

Donna Ball, Save The Bay - San Francisco

Kathy Boyer, San Francisco State University

Janine Harris, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Marilyn Latta, California Coastal Conservancy

Rebecca Lesberg, San Diego Audubon Society

Melody Ray-Culp, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Tom Ries, ESA Scheda

Hugh Shipman, Washington State Department of Ecology

Tracy Skrabal, North Carolina Coastal Federation

Lee Weishar, Wood Hole Group

Todd Woodard, Samish Indian Nation

General questions?

General questions please contact Suzanne Simon: ssimon@estuaries.org