June 10, 2021
We naturally protect what we love, and love what we know. Place-based learning to cultivate personal nature connection is a foundation of stewardship, and an experience we aim to provide through programming at Point Reyes. We are thrilled to be welcoming overnight school groups back to the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, and to be leading small-group youth programs on trails once again. Students learn environmental science through hands-on experiments, use all of their senses to take in their surroundings, and reflect on how their experience of Point Reyes connects with their own lives. We hope their time at the seashore will help them understand the interconnectedness of natural and human systems and recognize their surroundings as an extension of themselves, as something they will respect and protect. 
We hope the same for our community classes, and are already seeing the impact of immersive place-based study in our California Naturalist and Climate Stewards programs. For their capstone projects, students have created some truly compelling resources. Their passion for learning, for environmental protection, and for community action is inspiring. I encourage you to check out a sampling of their projects below. I also invite you to read new California Naturalist graduate Ellen Greenblatt's story of her journey to "Becoming a Naturalist."

Whether youth or adults, there’s always room to deepen our nature connection and to act on behalf of the planet. What inspires you when you visit Point Reyes? How do you connect with your own surroundings back home? What will you do to protect the places you love?
Be well,
Biret Adden
Education Director
This week we feature NPS and PRNSA volunteer Ellen Greenblatt as she shares her personal story of becoming a certified California Naturalist. Ellen completed her naturalist training with us this spring. Below is a video that reflects some of the deeper observation skills she has honed to support a lifetime of learning and stewardship.
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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Saturday, October 9, 2021
Join us for hikes, cocktails, great food, live music and fun!
1 pm - Hikes throughout the park
4 pm - Cocktails & picnic-inspired supper

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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
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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