Field Sessions

Field Sessions

Field sessions give attendees the chance to explore the local estuarine landscape and learn from organizations in the area about their restoration and protection efforts. These events also give attendees the opportunities to explore nearby attractions. Field sessions will take place Sunday, October 4, 2020.

Below are field session examples from the 2018 Summit in Long Beach, California »

Los Cerritos Community Service Restoration Project

Description: This is your opportunity to participate in hands-on, local restoration efforts in the Long Beach watershed by participating in wetland plant propagation, weeding, and planting. But it won’t be all work…you will have the opportunity to view turtles as well! Participants will be led up the San Gabriel River to a location where the federally-threatened Pacific Green Sea Turtle can be viewed in the river.

Boat Tour of Long Beach Harbor

Description: What better way to see Long Beach than from a boat! Get an up-close view of operations at the second-busiest port in the nation. See the most advanced and green terminal in the world and possibly even catch a glimpse of local marine life. You will also learn about the variety of groundbreaking green programs the Port has implemented to reduce the environmental impact of operations. Hosted by Harbor Breeze Yacht Charters and Cruises and narrated by Rick Cameron from the Port of Long Beach.

Queen Mary: The Glory Days Historical Guided Tour

Description: Enjoy a behind the scenes guided tour of this historic ship! The Glory Days tour covers the RMS Queen Mary’s history from her groundbreaking construction to her decorated service as a troop carrier during World War II, and her tenure as the most luxurious and technologically-advanced ocean liner of her time. See what it would have been like to sail as a first-class passenger during the Queen Mary’s grandest days and experience her stately beauty.

Planting Native Plants and Coastal Clean-Up at Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge

Description: Help restore the Refuge in this hands-on field session! You will have the opportunity to plant native plants and remove marine debris. Refuge staff will lead a guided tour of the refuge, highlighting the birds and waterfowl that use the estuary for feeding, nesting, and breeding. You will also learn about habitat improvements that have been made and other wildlife and coastal management issues at the Refuge. Note: Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge is a Naval base. For security, all participants are required to be U.S. citizens and will need to provide name, address, and birth date in advance of the project.

Kayak Kelp Forest Tour with the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program

Description: Join the Santa Monica Bay National Estuary Program for a 1.5-hour kayak tour of the coastline off the scenic bluffs of Palos Verdes. The rocky reefs off the Palos Verdes Peninsula are home to The Bay Foundation’s kelp forest restoration project where they have restored more than 45 acres of barren rock to a healthy and diverse kelp forest ecosystem. Come paddle through and learn about kelp forests, the Point Vicente State Marine Conservation Area, and get the chance to see gray whales as they migrate. After kayaking, hike up the bluff to Nelson’s where you can purchase lunch and enjoy Pacific views. Attendees should bring water, sun protection, and be comfortable with a rocky shore entry to the sea. Note: This field session is dependent on weather and wave conditions.

Los Cerritos Wetlands

Description: You do not want to miss this guided tour of the Huntington Beach Wetland restoration project! Walk the site, hear from experts, and see firsthand the results of successful restoration of three wetlands. Work includes breaching a dike, channel excavation, and restoring tidal flushing which reinvigorated mid-saltmarsh habitat used by more than 90 species of birds, including the State-endangered Belding’s Savannah Sparrow, and other marsh species.