June 18, 2021
Summer is officially in full swing with the arrival of the solstice on Sunday. As the restrictions from the pandemic continue to ease and the weather heats up, that summertime feeling is all around the park and we are taking time to reflect, honor, and celebrate.

Today our offices are closed as we join the National Park Service in honoring the significance of Juneteenth this year. Below are a number of events and resources reflecting the value of freedom for all. In particular, please see the message from our friends at Outdoor Afro, a group we greatly admire, on how the outdoors can play a role in commemorating this day. 
Celebrating with Pride
It’s Pride Month and there are plenty of ways to celebrate either in person, over zoom, and individually. Pride month commemorates the Stonewall riots of 1969 that sparked civil rights activism and advocacy for the LGBTQ community. Five years ago President Obama designated Stonewall a national monument that is managed by the National Park Service. Here is a wonderful virtual exhibit of the Stonewall Forever monument that we invite you to explore.

We are excited to share in the first in-person open house at the park since the pandemic began. Please join us on June 27th as we gather at the Morgan Horse Ranch to celebrate 51 years of service from our four-legged friends and neighbors. You will also meet Knight, the newest Morgan horse who was purchased thanks to you - our wonderful supporters! Thank you Ellen Greenblatt for sharing the history and voices of the Morgans.

And last but not least, I’m rejoicing at our newest hire, Zoe Duerksen-Salm, who joined PRNSA this week and will support our communications and development efforts. 
Happy Juneteenth, Happy Pride, Happy Father’s Day, and Happy Summer! 
Heather Clapp
Director of Development and Community Engagement
Ranger Emily Henderson and Knight during a recent training session.
Bear Valley Updates:
  • Bear Valley Visitor Center and the PRNSA Park Store are now open daily from 10am - 5pm.
  • Bear Valley trail and several connecting trails are now open. See the current map of this area that details trails that are open and those that remain closed.

Park-Wide Updates:
Many areas of Point Reyes National Seashore are open. For current road and trail conditions, visit the park's website and social media. Here is a map of current closures.

Annual Closures for Nesting Snowy Plovers:
The annual beach closure for nesting snowy plovers between the North Beach parking lot and just south of the mouth of Abbotts Lagoon will be in effect every Saturday, Sunday, and holiday starting Saturday, May 29, through September 6 (Labor Day).
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Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when news of the Emancipation Proclamation—and freedom from institutional slavery—finally reached the enslaved people in Galveston, Texas. This news reached them almost two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This year, on Wednesday, June 16, Congress voted to establish Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Below you will find some resources to begin learning through listening and reading, and to participate in local Juneteenth events.
Saturday, June 19
Spend 2.5 hours in nature to reflect in honor of the 2.5 years freedom that was delayed for 250,000 enslaved people of Galveston, TX. 

Saturday, June 19, 11am - 6pm 

Sunday, June 27
A virtual event co-sponsored by The San Geronimo Valley Community Center and Cabaret Underground
Pride month commemorates the Stonewall riots of 1969 that sparked civil rights activism and advocacy for the LGBTQ community. Here are some staff recommendations for participating in upcoming Pride events or activities. 
Recommendations for a local hero – Harvey Milk, a Member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors who was assassinated alongside San Francisco Mayor George Moscone at City Hall in 1978.
Welcome Zoe Duerksen-Salm!
We are thrilled to introduce you to our newest PRNSA staff member, Zoe Duerksen-Salm. Born in San Diego, Zoe fell in love with the array of natural spaces in CA - from the desert hills of Borrego to the sky-high trees of Sequoia. She holds a B.S. in Anthropology from UC Davis and has worked for numerous nonprofits including the Oakland Zoo, SaveNature.Org, and SanDiego350. In 2021, Zoe earned her M.S. in Environmental Science and Management from the UC Santa Barbara Bren School. There she focused on strategic environmental communications and conservation planning, culminating in a capstone project on sustainable community forest management in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Zoe is committed to using effective communications and outreach to bring community well-being to the forefront of conservation strategies in her home state. Here she is on her first day of work in Bear Valley. She is a wonderful new addition to our team!
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Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Meet the arboreal residents that call Point Reyes home.
Whether you know them by sight or all you see is "green,” come learn to identify species along with their stories and how they interact with the ecosystem at large. No prior knowledge necessary for this gentle hike.
Saturday, June 19, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Find your vision by discovering tips and techniques to create beautiful photos at Point Reyes!
Bring out your camera and your creativity. Explore techniques and tips to create wonderful photos.
Saturday, June 26, 2021 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Through observation, poetry and sketching, we'll explore Bear Valley creek, probing relationships between streams and their surroundings.
Sunday, June 27, 2021 - 10:30am to 1:30pm
Forest bathing is a guided nature meditation, a slow meander in the forest. Slow down and experience the natural world through your senses.
Sunday, June 27, 2021 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
The smartphone has become the camera of choice for many. Learn how new apps can unlock your full potential to take breathtaking photos!
Saturday, July 10, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, July 17, 10:30am – 4:30pm

Sunday, July 18, 10:30am – 1:30pm

Saturday, July 31, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday, July 31, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Sunday, August 1, 9:00am – 3:00pm

Sunday, August 15, 10:30am – 1:30pm

Sunday, August 22, 10:00am – 3:00pm

Saturday, August 28, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Saturday, August 28, 10:00am – 12:00pm
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!
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