Field Lab: Tidelands

Thursday, October 27 • Noon–3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The Plaza

Free; No museum access

All Ages

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 in the Plaza providing a free venue for hands-on workshops, talks, radio broadcasts, a research library, and an evening film screening tonight.

Today’s Schedule

Field Lab Library
Noon3:00 p.m.
Come browse a selection of titles from the Exploratorium’s Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery. Flip through a field guide to underwater plants or learn about the tides. You can also explore selected exhibits from the Fisher Bay Observatory and North galleries.

Lab and Lunch: Designing for Rising Tides
With Jad Daley, Brett Milligan, Margie O’Driscoll, and Robin Grossinger

1:00 p.m.
As we plan for the future how do we create robust plans for diverse communities? Which experiments from big to small will inform how we plan for the effects of climate change? We’ll examine a range of design approaches and the ways they may be prototyped to achieve effective solutions.

Jad Daley is Director of the Trust for Public Land’s Climate Conservation Program and coordinates their work on the development of climate-smart cities

Brett Milligan is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture in the Department of Human Ecology at UC Davis, and a member of the Dredge Research Collaborative

Margie O’Driscoll is Competition Advisor of the Bay Area: Resilient By Design Challenge.

Robin Grossinger is Senior Scientist at the San Francisco Estuary Institute, co-director of the Resilient Landscapes Program.

Observing the Bay
2:00–3:00 p.m.
Join Exploratorium Teacher Institute teacher Lori Lambertson for a demonstration exploring the dynamics of the Bay and the critters that inhabit its waters. Participate in a mud grab or plankton drag, and observe the changing tides.

Films at the Field Lab: Waterways
7:00 p.m.
For one evening, the Field Lab will be transformed into an outdoor cinema. Join us for a program of shorts curated by the Exploratorium’s Cinema Arts group. A selection of documentaries, artist-made films, and archival footage will offer a multifaceted look at water and our relationship to it. From poetic evocations to aerial investigations, the program will consider our local landscape of the Bay shore, tidal zones, and natural cycles.


Presented with support from the California State Coastal Conservancy and Exploratorium’s Fisher Bay Observatory Gallery.