November 22, 2022
As I settle in for the Thanksgiving holiday this week I’ve been reflecting on the first in-person gathering of the National Parks Friends Alliance earlier this month. Leaders from 200 park partner groups and the National Park Service (NPS) came together at Great Smoky Mountains National Park to learn from each other. I’m so grateful for the friendships and inspiration I’ve received over the last decade from this group.
Native American Heritage Month
A highlight of the gathering was hearing from National Park Service Director Chuck Sams, whose warmth and presence were one of my favorite takeaways. Director Sams is the first Native American to lead the NPS. He spoke about the need for investment in national parks infrastructure and an equally important investment in deferred storytelling. As we honor Native American Heritage month, I am thinking about how Director Sams emphasized the importance of using both Traditional Ecological Knowledge and modern scientific inquiry to help parks adapt in the face of climate change. 
Over the last 12 months I’ve worked to better understand the historic and present day experiences of the First People of what is now known as Point Reyes National Seashore. Below are some of the readings and webinars that are helping me and the PRNSA staff and board be better informed. Equally impactful have been the relationships we are building with Indigenous communities.
Celebrating Partnerships
The park’s co-management agreement with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR) is now in its second year and this relationship is foundational for recognizing and healing historic wrongs. We are so grateful for this partnership.
Through Youth in Parks programming we co-created a program day for tribal youth and are planning a month of overnight camp next summer. I’m grateful to Smoke Johnson for leading this work at FIGR. We were also thrilled that Matthew Johnson and Robin Meely offered a ethnobotanical walk and cultural talk for this year's Party on the Pacific Plate. I’m so grateful for the lessons, conversations, and friendship of Theresa Harlan and Ken Tiger and appreciate their work to preserve and share a fuller history of the family’s legacy on Tomales Bay. 
Above are some of the key words I heard at the conference. I’m grateful for the work groups like us across the country are doing to support needed change. I’m grateful to you for your support of this important work. 

As we begin a season of winter celebrations, I wish you some restorative time at Point Reyes. Below you’ll find a few ways to enjoy the Seashore – a holiday open house, winter classes, and a self guided hike. This park is a gift we can all be grateful for. 
Gratefully yours,
Donna Faure
Executive Director
P.S. I have especially enjoyed listening to the Place and Purpose podcasts that are conversations between Chair Greg Sarris of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, and Obi Kaufman, an author and naturalist who I enjoyed meeting on a PRNSA hike this summer. Tune in to these podcasts to reconsider seasons, relationships, and possibilities.
Self Guided Hike
Limantour Spit Trail is a beautiful place to walk with family, friends, or yourself this time of year. The late fall migration brings flocks of shorebirds, waterfowl, and other migrant birds to the Seashore. Snowy plovers have finished their breeding season and beach closures are lifted.

This self-guided hike will take you along sandy trails to discover the local coastal habitats, and the species who call them home. You can either read the digital guide before hiking, or print out the foldable version and take it with you. Enjoy!
Native American Heritage Month
Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 3 | Bear Valley Visitor Center | 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Ring in the holiday season at Point Reyes! All are welcome at our Holiday Open House. Get a head start on your holiday shopping with 15% off at the park store, try your hand at drawing with a local artist, enjoy children’s activities, sweet treats and more.

PLUS, new this year: take your holiday photos with the Morgan Horses! Pose with the Morgans and festive holiday decor for a shot that will be cherished for years to come. Bring the whole family!
Winter Field Institute Classes
The winter Field Institute calendar is full of fun, awe-inspiring classes and programs, with more being added on our website each day. Check out some of the upcoming options below, and act fast to save your spot before they're gone!
Sat, Dec. 10, 9:00am - 3:00pm

In this class we will focus on developing a system for approaching gull identification in an enjoyable manner, then test your new skills!

Sat, Dec. 17, 10:30am - 1:30pm

A Forest Bathing walk is a guided slow meander intended to allow for a deep and meaningful connection with the natural world.

Sun, Dec. 18, 9:30am - 3:30pm

The Christmas Bird Count monitors over two hundred species and the Seashore ranks near the top of all counts. Join us to practice and enjoy!

Job & Volunteer Opportunities

PRNSA is hiring an associate to work with the team that operates our three park stores. Responsibilities range from making sales to processing inventory to customer service. We are looking for an individual who enjoys interacting with the public and has great organizational. This position will primarily work weekends at the Park Store located at Drakes Beach. Position open until filled.

Love talking to new people? Want to learn more about what Point Reyes has to offer visitors? Consider volunteering at the Bear Valley Visitor Center! We are always looking for new community members to join our Visitor Services team and help create positive experiences for visitors to the park. This is an excellent opportunity to connect with your park in a new and unique way. Low commitment, training available, some weekday availability required.

All gifts up to $20,000 towards our Mapping A Park For All Fund, which supports Youth in Parks programming and conservation work at the Seashore will be matched through the end of the year!
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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