October 30, 2020
Dear Friends,
It's my 50th birthday this Sunday. As with most other special events in 2020, this year will be different. As I sit with the uncertainty that this particular year brings, I find myself turning to nature to find clarity, direction, and hope. Below we offer you classes this season that can bring you closer to the Park in new and inspiring ways. I hope you and your family are finding your own unique ways to celebrate birthdays, Halloween, Dia de los Muertos, and tomorrow's Blue Moon.
The Souls of our Ancestors
I have always loved the tradition of honoring our ancestors for the Dia do Los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Not only does it fall on my birthday, but it reminds me how interconnected we are in this one precious, cosmic moment in time and space. The colorful, creative expressions captured in home and community altars - decorated with flowers, incense, candles, fruits, pastries, skulls, photographs - offer us time to pause and reflect on those who have come before us while connecting us to their lives and all of humanity.
I also love and look forward to the return of the monarchs each year. Their annual migration has occurred for thousands of years and it's beautiful to think of how their return coincides with el Dia do Los Muertos and its cultural and spiritual significance as chronicled in the above video.
In the meantime, check out some monarch topics that inspire me:
• Check out Bay Nature's (Jan. 2020) archived story on monarchs
Western Monarch Call to Action - Five Conservation Steps to Take Now!
Thanks for joining us this past month for our virtual events...Dinner on the Pacific Plate), field classes, and our community book event last night focused on the intersection of race and the outdoors with Dr. Carolyn Finney. Please be sure to vote this week (4 days to go!) and check out tomorrow night's Hunter's Blue Moon whether you are out trick or treating or staying home. I hope when we next connect, we will have additional reasons to celebrate.
Happy honoring and reflecting,
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Heather Clapp
Director of Development and Community Engagement
PS: Here's a great moon song from the Dirty Red Barn, the band that plays at our Dinner on the Pacific Plate celebrations!
Bear Valley Visitor Center (BVVC) is now staffed with an orientation table outside to let visitors know where and how to recreate. Since most trails in Bear Valley are still closed, the orientation table at the BVVC is an informational "launching pad" for visitors to explore other areas of the park.

Limantour Road is open to visitors. Limantour Beach is entirely open to the public.

Visitors are reminded to respect trail and road closures. All trails that go into the Woodward Fire burn area remain closed. Fuels on the interior of the fire will continue to burn until the winter rains arrive. Keep yourself and park personnel safe by staying out of the closure zone. go.nps.gov/pore/woodwardfire

Visit this website to get the most up to date information on the fire, including park closures.
Smartphone Photography Saturday, November 7
10am – 5pm
Turn your photos from "grabbers" into "keepers" by learning and practicing smartphone techniques at beautiful Abbotts Lagoon. Register HERE
Saturday, November 14
10am – 2:30pm
In this online class we will focus on writing as a means of personally and collectively connecting to Earth and finding creative insight. Register HERE
Saturday, November 14
10:30am – 1:30pm
Forest bathing is a guided nature meditation, a slow meander in the forest to connect more deeply with nature and within. Register HERE
Sunday, November 15
10:30am – 5pm
Come celebrate the natural world and photograph close- where a flower becomes its own world. Register HERE
A week ahead of the winter bird count which monitors over 200 species annually, we will enjoy avian diversity and sharpen our ID skills! 
Saturday, December 12
10am – 12pm
Leaves, pods, and fruits...Autumn is a time for reds, browns, and purples. Learn to apply color to capture the beauty of the season.  
Sunday, December 13
8am – 12pm
Join Blue Waters Kayaking for a morning on the water and experience the abundance of bird life in the Giacomini Wetlands.  
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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