How To Make a Reservation

Reservations for docent-led tours of the tide pools are required for groups of 10 or more.

First, view our list of low tides to choose an available tour date and time. Reservations are only available during low tides.

After choosing a time and date, contact the San Mateo County Dept. of Parks at 650-363-4021 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm Monday through Thursday to make your reservation.  Please have the following available when making your reservation:

  • Date of visit, reservation time and time of departure (Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your reservation time for snacks, restroom break and so on.)
  • Group or school name; contact person’s name, work, home, and cell phone numbers, email address and complete mailing address
  • Grade or age level, number of students and number of chaperones
  • Method of travel (bus or carpool)
  • Method of payment of $35 reservation fee (check, cash, Visa or MasterCard). Reservations are not guaranteed until payment is received, and will not be held while awaiting payment.

You will receive a Reservation Permit confirming your visit. You must bring your Reservation Permit to the reserve on the day of your visit.

You can make your reservation up to one year in advance, but it must be made prior to the beginning of the previous month. For example, a date in May must be reserved before April 1.

Important Considerations

  • These naturalist-led reservations are only available to students in grade 3 or older due to the dangerous nature of the reef. (We suggest younger students visit Coyote Point Museum, Marine Science Institute, Wildlife Associates, Randall Museum, California Academy of Sciences or Seymour Center at Long Marine Lab.)
  • Your group members must be able to walk across a stream, over a sandy beach, up and down steps, and across a wet and potentially slippery rocky reef.
  • You must have 1 adult chaperone for every 5 students visiting the reserve.