Mark your calendar and SAVE THE DATE! PRNSA’s Dinner on the Pacific Plate , coming up on Saturday, October 12 , is THE signature party in the fall in West Marin. Please join us this year to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the event, its cofounders Steve Costa and Betty Anne Carlin, and the great work that the event has made possible since then.

On October 9, 2010, after months of preparation, the event committee was hoping for 100 attendees. They were delighted to see over 200 park lovers come together on the lawn across from the Bear Valley Visitor Center for the first Dinner on the Pacific Plate.

As attendees returned from their guided hikes in the Park and that first program unfolded in the autumn light, a spirit of community arose and spread like a warm blush over the crowd. Folks mingled and laughed. They put faces to names and shared their hiking stories and whale tales. They sampled delicacies and drinks from local businesses and sat together at long tables to enjoy a feast. Many opened their wallets, happy to bid on unique experiences in our live auction or to support “Fund a Need” appeals to help put boots and backpacks on kids.

That sense of camaraderie and generosity is what makes the event so special and keeps our guests coming back. While the event feels like a big party – and it IS one – the point is to raise money for good work. Our staff and Board of Directors work hard to obtain sponsorships – donations of $1,000 or more – from the community. As a result, since 2010 PRNSA has more than doubled the number of kids that we connect to the park (about 3,500 annually). We have been able to bridge funding needs for the park for many conservation research and stewardship programs.

At the DOPP, every crowd has a silver lining. I hope that you will consider being part of that tradition by becoming a sponsor this year to support the goals of the event. The water is warm. Come on in.

Click HERE to learn more, or send me an email at to become a sponsor today. I hope to see you on October 12. Bring your stories. Bring your appetite. Bring one to ten of your closest friends. You won’t be disappointed.

Yours in the wild,
Todd Plummer
Development Director
Dinner on the Pacific Plate - Save the Date!

Honoring our event's co-founders:
Betty Anne Carlin & Steve Costa

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at Bear Valley Grove

Led by park staff and local naturalists 2:00 - 4:00pm

Music by Dirty Red Barn 4:30 - 6:00pm



Event Partner Focus - Heidrun Meadery
Gordon Hull, Owner
We are thrilled to be partnering with Heidrun Meadery for the tenth year as one of our regular cocktail reception partners for Dinner on the Pacific Plate . Located in Point Reyes Station, Gordon Hull and his team of mead makers use ancient techniques to transform honey into an effervescent, sparkling wine using the French m é thode Champenoise.

Gordon is deeply invested in this community and supports everyone from the local schools to Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA). “I support Point Reyes National Seashore Association because they support an essential element of our West Marin Community -- our National Park! PRNSA provides cultural context and personal access to this wondrous resource and that benefits us local folk just as much as out-of-town visitors.”

If you attend our annual flagship fundraiser Dinner on the Pacific Plate stop by the Heidrun booth and say hi to Gordon where he will be pouring mead during our cocktail reception. If you would like to visit Heidrun Meadery, click HERE for hours and info.
Upcoming Field Classes & Events
Geology of Sculptured Beach
Saturday, June 22 - 9am - 4pm
Learn about the geology of the Monterey Formation at scenic Sculptured Beach. We'll also explore the coastal geology of Limantour Beach, Drakes Estero, and the coastal bluffs while discussing climate change, ice ages, and sea level rise.
The Wish to Photograph
Saturday, June 22 - 10am - 4pm
Dive into what's behind the pictures we take, and the ones we could take, in a class that explores the wish to see the world through still images. This is not a technical course but one in which we reflect on our mental, emotional and perceptual processes in the pursuit of images.
Seashore Painting Studies: Sand, Surf, and Sea
Friday, June 28 - 5pm -
Sunday, June 30 - 4pm
Paint outdoor studies of the Seashore at Drakes Bay. Use what you find in nature to enhance your paintings. Bring your favorite medium: watercolors, oils, or acrylics. Accommodations at the Historic Lifeboat Station.
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