Dear ,

Today we celebrate the first full day of spring and the earth’s turn toward longer days. Renewal is in the air and many of us are enjoying the spectacular wildflower blooms, birdsong symphonies, and greening hillsides here in the National Seashore. In the spirit of renewal, we are focusing on memberships this month and launching our monthly membership program, the High Tide Monthly Supporters.

Why become a High Tide Monthly Supporter?
The moon-driven tides deliver nutrients and energy to vast communities along our beaches and bays. Tides are dependable. Tides are predictable. Be like the tides. We invite you to become a High Tide Monthly Supporter at whatever level is comfortable for you. It is the easiest, most efficient, and greenest way to show your love for the Park and help PRNSA fulfill its mission. If you are already a monthly member, you are automatically in this group.

Benefits include:
  • fewer solicitations and easy renewal of your gifts
  • invitations to members-only events such as hikes and gatherings in the park
  • a 15% discount on clothing and merchandise at our stores throughout the park
  • member discounts for our Field Institute classes (upcoming classes below).
  • subscription to our biannual magazine
  • subscription to our e-newsletter

Many PRNSA members in our recent membership survey expressed a heartfelt interest in supporting projects in the Point Reyes National Seashore that align with their values – whether for our research and monitoring collaborations with the National Park Service, our education programs and summer camps, or through many other projects that we enable through your donations. If you agree, this program is for you .

When it comes time to renew your membership or if you are ready to become a first-time member, we ask you to join this rising tide .

Also, members should be on the lookout for our new PRNSA Magazine, which is in the mail and it includes all new class listings for May to October, plus an article on the coho salmon restoration work at the park and a feature honoring retiring Chief of Interpretation, the unsinkable John Dell’Osso. 

Thank you and Happy Spring!

Yours in the wild,
Todd Plummer
Development Director
Park Updates
  • McClures Beach Road, Mount Vision Road, and the North District Operations Center Access Road (a.k.a. 'The Cypress Tree Tunnel Road') are currently closed until further notice.
  • Shuttle service to lighthouse and Chimney Rock is cancelled in March and Drakes Beach is closed Monday through Friday.
  • Drakes Beach is open Saturdays & Sundays 9am - 5pm
  • Bookstores are open Saturdays & Sundays 10am – 4:30pm
  • Shop for snacks, apparel, and books at one of our Bookstore locations while on your way to see whales or elephant seals!
Volunteer With PRNSA
Volunteers wanted! Share your love of the park with visitors by volunteering in our Bear Valley and Drakes Beach stores. We are looking for friendly volunteers who enjoy greeting park visitors, answering questions, and supporting the sales effort that benefits the park. Help is needed weekends and weekdays. Shift times are flexible and training provided.

Please contact Heather Clapp at (415) 663-1200 x 310 or for details. 
Spring Field Institute Classes
A Chimney Rock - Headlands Photo Retreat
Friday, March 22 - 6pm to Sunday, March 24 - 2pm
This weekend photo retreat will combine field and classroom presentations in one of the most stunning locations on the California coast. Accommodations at the Chief's House at Chimney Rock .
Botany for the Colored Pencil Artist
Saturday, March 23
10am - 3:30pm
Spend a day dissecting and studying spring flowers. Learn basic flower botany and create a beautiful study sheet documenting your explorations. We will work in graphite and colored...
Spring Writing Weekend
Friday, April 5 - 7pm to Sunday, April 7 - 2pm
Spend a weekend writing in community in the wilds of Point Reyes. Workshops will be offered on poetry and prose forms. We'll explore writing for attention and sensitivity to the natural world. There will be time to write, wander, and share meals. Accommodations at the Historic Lifeboat Station .
Spring Migration at
Point Reyes
Friday, April 12
9am - 4pm
By Mid-April, almost all of the migratory nesting birds have returned to the Point Reyes Peninsula. This class will explore Bear Valley, Drakes Estero, the Giacomini Wetlands, and other habitats to observe them. Identification of raptors, flycatchers, warblers, and more.
Health & Hiking
with Poles
Weekend Retreat
Friday, April 12 - 10am - Sunday, April 14 - 4:30pm
This weekend retreat offers expert instruction in improving your ability to hike efficiently and comfortably using poles. Together we will learn skills...
Accommodations at the Historic Lifeboat Station .
Open Your Eyes with
Nature Journaling
Sunday, April 21
9am - 2pm
This fun class will teach you the tools used by the greatest naturalists of all time. You will come away with a fresh perspective on how to experience and understand nature on a deeper level.
Estero Trail Hike
Monday, April 22
9am - 4pm
Peak wildflower bloom is an excellent time for an eight-mile walk along the Estero Trail to witness the diversity of wildflowers. We will stop to view grebes, scoters, shorebirds, and other water birds migrating and feeding in the rich estuaries.
Point Reyes: Intimate Details
and Personal Vision
Friday, April 26 - 6pm -
Sunday, April 28 - 2pm
This weekend photography class turns our eyes toward the smaller, more intimate details of the world around us. We will explore how to use our vision to recognize and isolate important aspects of scenes... Accommodations at the Historic Lifeboat Station .
Birding by Ear: Tapping the
Aural Dimension
Saturday, April 27
8am - 2pm
Point Reyes offers a deep, rich underworld of life and bird-talk awaiting the patient listener and birding by ear can be accelerated with simple techniques and awareness training.
Participants will practice deep listening in the field and learn to understand...
basket weaving
Weave a Soft
Twined Basket
Saturday, April 27
9:30am - 4pm
We will begin small, twined baskets made with a diminutive relative of tule, knows as "sweetgrass" among native weavers in the Pacific Northwest. As well as being fragrant, it is strong and soft, and lends itself to a variety of...
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