April 2, 2021
Your Park, Your Place ...our Future
Although not technically a part of our new message, I have been thinking a lot about the future while teaching our first UC Climate Stewards program this past month. A brand new program developed by the University of California, Climate Stewards is designed to help participants better understand and communicate about climate change to promote community resilience in the face of changing conditions. 
This cohort, among the first in the state to participate in this program, is wrestling with the difficult issues of grief, anxiety, and uncertainty about the future, while at the same time embracing hope as we explore how working collectively can reduce our climate impacts and help us adapt to the changes we are already experiencing. I am so inspired by the passion and commitment of this group. In addition to learning new ways of talking about this difficult issue, they are each working on capstone projects to promote local actions such as installing EV charging stations at apartments, making carbon-wise food choices, and understanding climate impacts on local birds. They are throwing themselves into this work like the future depends on it!
Learning about Ocean Acidification with Gary Fleener of Hog Island Oysters. ©PRNSA
Practicing Climate Conversations on the Bayview Trail ©PRNSA
These new Climate Stewards are everyday people. They’re your family, friends, and neighbors who want to see a better future for us all. The good news is that you don’t have to wait to become a certified Climate Steward to make a difference. There are small things you can do now that will have a big impact on promoting ecological resilience and human health. For example, even the acts of planting native species or growing some veggies at home have tremendous benefits for supporting pollinators, reconnecting habitat, and reducing the carbon and water costs of our food.

Working together, we can protect wild places like Point Reyes National Seashore, and cherished places like our own homes and communities, to create a world we’ll be proud to prepare for future generations. 
Be well,
Biret Adden
Education Director
How to be a Climate Steward in Your Community
Plant Natives!
Growing native plants can enhance biodiversity and create a functioning ecosystem in your yard/garden. In addition, native plants conserve water and encourage native wildlife and pollinators. Here are some local nurseries where you can find a wide variety of plants to build resilience in your home and community. The photos below are plantings by local native landscape designer Heidi Sandvoll at Sandvoll Landscape.

Grow Your Own Food!
Create greater food security for your family and community by growing your own food. Our changing world and climate call for us to produce and share more of our own food and lower our carbon footprint. If you live in West Marin, West Marin Climate Action is a wonderful community organization nurturing collaborative actions towards local food resilience. Here is an inspirational video of a local family who produces 60% of their own food year-round using a rainwater catchment system for summer irrigation, winter cover cropping, and food storage for a variety of fruits, legumes, and vegetables.
Welcome Wildlife Intern Caroline Provost
Caroline grew up on the Crystal Coast of North Carolina. There she gained an appreciation for nature, specifically for barrier islands, salt marsh estuaries, longleaf pine forests, and all of their inhabitants. Caroline studied Environmental Science and Biology at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, where she gained a well-rounded repertoire in environmental sciences, with an emphasis in ornithology, ecology and natural resource management. Caroline hopes to put forth her passions and skills to make a lasting impact in natural resource and wildlife conservation. 

Caroline ventured out west to Point Reyes National Seashore in March 2020 and began her first season of monitoring Northern Spotted Owls with Point Blue Conservation Science. Now, Caroline is working as a PRNSA Wildlife Intern, working with Point Reyes National Seashore biologists to monitor Northern Spotted Owls and Western Snowy Plovers, two threatened bird species in the park. 
Weekends continue to be busy. With the persistent nice weather and school spring breaks upon us, parking lots have been filling early at most trailheads. Please come visit us early or late in the day, and week days are always less crowded.

Plan Your Visit
Some areas of the park continue to be closed due to COVID-19 and the Woodward Fire. Visit the park's website or social media for up to date information the day of your visit.
Recreate Responsibly
Spring is an incredible time to visit Point Reyes National Seashore.
Follow these guidelines for a safe visit.
Elephant Seal Tales
NPS Article Series By Ellen Greenblatt, Point Reyes National Seashore Volunteer

Please note: Disrupting behavioral patterns of seals is prohibited. Please adhere to all elephant seal protection closures, and stay at least 25 feet away from seals outside of the protection closures. Check out these seal viewing tips for more information.
Bringing the Yucatán
to Point Reyes! 
Thursday, April 8, 6pm
Do you miss traveling? I sure do and one of my favorite spots is the Yucatán region of Mexico. I've skipped the resorts and enjoyed the hospitality of Robin Brown at Layla Guesthouse in Puerto Morelos. Robin's connection to Point Reyes is Peter Behr, his uncle and an environmentalist who supported the establishment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Robin follows in his family's footsteps through his activist and environmental work in Mexico. Robin will be joined by the amazing naturalist and guide, Victor Hugo "Paz" Mariles, as we learn about Mayan culture, cenotes, reefs, wildlife, and jungle habitats. We are thrilled to welcome these guest speakers and hope to bring a little Yucatán natural and cultural world to your home.
~ Donna Faure, PRNSA Executive Director

Learn more and REGISTER HERE.
Community Partner Events
Thursday, April 15th, 11AM – 12PM
Please join us for our third episode of Science Stories from Palomarin where we’ll be learning about habitat changes that have occurred over 50+ years in our Palomarin study area. Joining us online are two scientists who have been tracking and analyzing the trends, and seeing how the bird community is responding.
RSVP here to join us on Zoom or mark your calendars and join via our livestream on Facebook.
Thursday, April 8, 12 – 1:30 PM (PDT)
Join Naturalist Artist Educator John Muir Laws on a virtual visit to our Palomarin Field Station, where Point Blue scientists have been banding birds and advancing conservation for more than 55 years. Explore drawing techniques, from fast sketching to vivid detail, to observe and appreciate the natural world around us.
Spring Classes
Saturday, April 10, 10am – 3:30pm

Sunday, April 11, 10am – 5pm
Friday, April 16, 8:30am – 3:30pm

Saturday, April 17, 10am – 3pm

Saturday, April 17, 10am – 2pm

Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Sunday, April 18, 9am – 4:30pm

Saturday, April 24, 9am – 4pm

Sunday, April 25, 9am – 3pm

Friday, April 30, 9am – 4pm
Saturday, May 1, 8:15 – 11:15am

Saturday, May 1, 10:00am – 2:00pm

Sunday, May 9, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Sunday, May 9, 10:30am – 1:30pm

Saturday, May 15, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, May 22, 10:00am – 3:00pm
Your monthly donations help sustain our conservation and environmental education programs, and allow us to bring more faces out to the Seashore. Donate this month and sign up to join our rising tide! Become a High Tide Monthly Supporter today. It is the easiest, and greenest way to show your love for the park!
We partner with the National Park Service to create opportunities for all people to experience, enhance, and preserve Point Reyes National Seashore for present and future generations.
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