January 7, 2022
It’s a new year and time to plan new adventures! I find that hiking familiar trails in quiet solitude after the busy holiday season can be singularly joyful at times. At others, particularly when you’re on a new trail, there’s nothing as fun as a new adventure with an experienced friend. That’s why I’m so excited to be co-chairing the PRNSA Board with my good friend Seth Rosen, and am especially excited about all of the equity work PRNSA is doing and planning to do in partnership with various community organizations.

The conservation, education, and equity work the PRNSA staff and board have done throughout the pandemic remind me of the wonderful words of the Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, “You can cut all the flowers but you cannot stop the Spring,” meaning that the groundswell of goodness and change cannot be denied. The marvelous staff of creative thinkers and tireless doers, whose flexibility and determination have demonstrated a resilience that is awesome and inspiring, along with our incredible volunteers: you, we, are the groundswell.

Looking Forward
As a new co-chair, I’m looking forward to meeting you, to exposing new faces to the power of the outdoors, to igniting the spark of park stewardship in others, and to partnering with new and old friends to amplify our positive impact. Of course, I’m also looking forward to hiking and eating my way across the Seashore.

To kick off the new year and deepen your connection to the park, we’re sharing this very handy 2022 hiking calendar (created by one of our wonderful volunteers and members, Lena Zentall). You can also scroll down to view a full listing of new field classes through March.
Cheers to new adventures!
Blanca Chang Johnson
PRNSA Board of Directors
Point Reyes Hiking Calendar
Thanks to one of our fabulous volunteers/members, Lena Zentall created this fantastic hiking calendar for 2022. Download this digital guide to see recommendations for the best trails to explore each month of the year.
We hope this calendar makes it easy for you to know when and where to go for walks and hikes to help you recharge. Plus, you’ll find fun facts about the seasons and local plants and animals, grounding you in the natural rhythms of our region. It's a great way to stay connected to Point Reyes throughout the seasons.
Field Institute Classes
Sat, Jan. 22, 9:00am - 3:00pm 

Enjoy kayaking in the wildlife-rich waters of Drakes Estero as you explore the habitats of this designated Marine Wilderness.

Sun, Jan. 23, 1:30pm - 4:30pm

A Forest Bathing walk is a guided slow meander intended to allow deep, meaningful connection with the natural world.
Sat, Jan. 29, 9:00am - 3:00pm

A workshop in the wild for creating new writing, tuning the senses to the natural world, and asking insightful questions.
Fri, Feb. 4, 9:00am - 3:30pm

Tomales Bay is an important area for thousands of waterbirds. Visit East Shore sites to observe shorebirds, raptors and more!
Sat, Feb. 12, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Jumpstart your year with Fitness! Interactive session with solid foundations helps you create an achievable, fun fitness routine!
Sat, Feb. 12, 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Hike at a leisurely pace along Abbotts Lagoon trail and enjoy experiencing the park by the light of the moon.

Sat, Feb. 26, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Learn new tips and hone your skills as you discover how to make beautiful, fun images with the iPhone. All smart phones are welcome.
Sat, Feb. 26, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Enhance your birding skills as you learn tips and tricks for identification and equipment use while immersed in beautiful Point Reyes.

Sat, Mar. 12, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Dissect and study the first flowers of Spring. Then, use colored pencil techniques to create a botanical study of your own garden flower.

Sun, Mar. 13, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Children are naturally fascinated by birds. Learn to foster their excitement with games and skills for enjoying birds together everywhere!

Sat, Mar. 19, 9:00am - 3:00pm

A workshop in the wild for creating new writing, tuning the senses to the natural world, and asking insightful questions at Limantour Beach.
Sat, Mar. 19, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Easy-to-learn pole techniques and gentle exercises will empower you to maintain independence, stamina, strength, and form!
UC Climate Stewards
Help your community find resilience in a changing climate... become a certified Climate Steward!
Climate Stewards is an exciting new Initiative from the University of California Cooperative Extension in partnership with PRNSA. In this exciting 9-week program you will learn about the science of climate change, how to communicate more effectively about this issue, and how to help your community adapt to climate challenges.

The program includes online classes, in-person field trips with guest experts, online assignments, and a final capstone project to receive certification from the University of California. Scholarships are available!
Summer Internships in the Park
The San Francisco Bay Area Inventory & Monitoring Network has a wide variety of internships available—from science communication to photography to species inventory and monitoring.

  • Science Communication Assistant, Golden Gate National Recreation Area - Accompany scientists in the field to monitor park natural resources and help share science stories.
  • Biology Assistant, Point Reyes National Seashore - Join the Coho & Steelhead Monitoring Program to evaluate restoration sites and participate in summer juvenile fish monitoring.
  • Biology Assistant, Sausalito or Point Reyes Station - Join the invasive Species Early Detection team whose mission is to find, map, and document invasive species occurrences in parks.
  • Biology Assistant, Point Reyes Station - Join the Plant Community monitoring team, re-visiting established plots and installing new plots in target plant communities.

Deadline to Apply: January 23rd, 2022 @ 11:59pm.

Looking for something a little different? More internships in national parks across the country are available from Mosaics in Science and Geo Society.
Environmental Educator Position
Environmental Educator
PRNSA is hiring a full-time Environmental Educator to join the team in February. Working cooperatively with other members of the education team, the Environmental Educator will primarily focus on the development, planning, and delivery of science and nature-based youth education programs, and may be responsible for selected aspects of program administration, communications and documentation.

Park Store Updates
Lighthouse Retail Shop (Now Open)
Saturday & Sunday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
27000 Sir Francis Drake Blvd, Inverness, CA 94937

Drakes Beach Retail Shop (Opening Jan. 15)
Saturday & Sunday, 11:00am - 4:00pm
1 Drake Beach Rd, Inverness, CA 94937
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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