There are many wonderful things about Southern California, but none more wonderful than the beach! For those of us lucky enough to get to spend time on the beach, a great way to make it even more special is to learn a little about it. The shore is a remarkable ecosystem, where land and water meet, terrestrial plants and animals - ourselves and others - overlap and interact with marine plants and animals, as well as the amazing life that inhabits the “intertidal zone”. Birds frequent our beaches as they migrate along their various routes. The currents and tides carry flotsam to our shore. The unique weather patterns along the beach - from morning fogs to afternoon breezes and occasional violent storms - all have to do with the shore and how water and land and air all interact. We’ll explore some of the many remarkable aspects of the beach as the opportunity presents itself in between just walking along the shore, exploring and having fun!