February 5, 2022

When my friends and I were growing up most of our moms had similar rules. A big one was “Wherever you go, don’t go alone and I need to know who you’re with.” None of our moms liked us being around new people. Making friends was weird sometimes. Anyway, wherever we went, we always had each other, and we’d go to the places where we could be free and loud.

The trees didn’t ask us to be quiet, the mountains didn’t tell us to stop running, and the dirt didn’t mind us being, well, dirty. I thought it would be nice to have one of my childhood friends share with you how these experiences shaped his connection to the outdoors. And who better than my oldest friend of all, Rashon Rogers?
Rashon and I met in kindergarten and have been friends ever since. That was the last time we were in school together, but we still hung out throughout middle school, high school, and university. Even though he now lives 8,600 km away, we still keep in touch, and he actually visited me at Point Reyes just a few weeks ago. Rashon has really taken his interest in the outdoors a step further with adventures all around the world now. In celebration of Black History Month, I thought you’d like to see how a Black kid from the Bay got his nature high started.
Brandon Barragan
Outreach Manager
Voices at the Seashore
For Rashon Rogers, childhood friend of PRNSA’s Brandon Barragan, an initial connection to nature was exactly what he needed to discover his passion for being outdoors. Join Rashon in his reflection on how the exploration of local parks with his grandfather grew into a love of adventure and outdoor exploration!
Celebrate Black History Month
The 2022 Black History Month theme is Health and Wellness. Spending time in nature has a wide range of benefits for physical and mental health. Point Reyes National Seashore is a special place that soothes and heals. However, the location of our park in particular can hinder accessibility and inclusion along these trails. Not only is Point Reyes difficult to reach without a car, a 2020 UC Berkeley study stated that Marin County contains six of the 10 most segregated towns in the Bay Area. These are stats that we cannot ignore, and which drive PRNSA to push the status quo of diversity at our park.

As we reflect on Black History Month this year, we invite you to listen, read, learn, and share stories we've compiled for you from within the National Park Service, our local library, and beyond.



By: Marin County Free Library

By: The National Park Service Employee Empowerment Collective

Point Reyes Creek Restoration
When: February 12, 2022 10:00am-2:00pm

Where: Meet at 1 Bear Valley Road at Red Barn parking lot. We will then carpool as a group to the project site.

RSVP: Please contact Tara Blake at tara_blake@partner.nps.gov for more information and with any questions. Additional details will be provided via email to respondents.
Come help the National Park Service and the Watershed Stewards Program restore riparian habitat for salmon by planting native oak, willows, and more!

We will be working to revitalize ranch land where grazing has been removed in order to protect riparian habitat. Coho salmon, steelhead trout, and Chinook salmon are all residents of nearby Lagunitas Creek. By revegetating stream banks we will be controlling erosion and creating new habitat for these local fish populations.

Tools, gloves, and safety gear will be provided. Light refreshments will be available. This is a rain or shine event, so please dress accordingly.

Please bring a mask, a refillable water bottle, lunch, wear closed toed shoes and clothes appropriate for working outdoors (long pants, rain gear and/or sun protection). No experience is necessary to join in, volunteers of all ages are welcome!
Field Institute Classes

Sat, Feb. 12, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Jumpstart your year with Fitness! Interactive session with solid foundations helps you create an achievable, fun fitness routine!

Sat, Feb. 26, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Learn tips and hone your skills as you discover how to make fun, beautiful images with the iPhone. All smart phones are welcome.
Sat, Feb. 26, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Enhance your birding skills as you learn tips and tricks for identification and equipment use while immersed in Point Reyes.
Sat, Mar. 12, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Dissect and study the first flowers of Spring. Then, use colored pencil techniques to create a botanical study of your own garden flower.
Sun, Mar. 13, 9:00am - 12:00pm

Children are naturally fascinated by birds. Learn to foster their excitement with games and skills for enjoying birds together everywhere!
Sat, Mar. 19, 9:00am - 3:00pm

A workshop in the wild for creating new writing, tuning the senses to the natural world, and asking insightful questions at Limantour Beach.
Sat, Mar. 19, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Easy-to-learn pole techniques and gentle exercises will empower you to maintain independence, stamina, strength, and form!
Sat, Mar. 26, 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.
Sat, Mar. 19, 10:00am - 3:00pm

Learn to capture images of the iconic California Coast using watercolor in this 3-hour virtual lesson that will leave your journal page rich with memories.
Sat, Apr. 9, 9:00am - 1:00pm

Spring wildflowers carpet the outer bluffs of Point Reyes while elephant seals reclaim the beaches. Enjoy both during a Chimney Rock hike!
Sat, Apr. 9, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Enjoy Tomales Bay by land and sea during this full day hike and kayak adventure with our partners from Blue Waters Kayaking!
Sat, Apr. 9 May 7

Become a Certified California Naturalist immersed in the natural history and unparalleled beauty of the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Sun, Apr. 10, 8:30am - 2:30pm

Lear for yourself what the birds are saying! Together, we will practice nature connections through this workshop.
Sun, Apr. 10, 9:00am - 4:00pm

This eight mile hike takes us to a dramatic meeting of land and estuary. Join us for a full day of natural history exploration!
Sat, Apr. 16, 9:00am - 1:30pm

Over a year ago the Woodward Fire burned almost 5,000 acres in Point Reyes. Learn about the recovery and fire ecology!

Sun, Apr. 17, 10:30am - 1:30pm

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

Sat, Apr. 23, 9:00am - 3:00pm

A workshop in the wild for creating new writing, tuning the senses to the natural world, and asking insightful questions.
Sat, Apr. 23, 10:00am - 4:00pm

Power with Poles! Learn individualized strategies for improving performance and confidence on the trail.
Sun, Apr. 24, 10:30am - 2:30pm

Explore the butterflies of Muddy Hollow from swallowtails to checkerspots and blues! Observe their behaviors and identify host plants.
Fri, Apr. 29, 8:30am - 4:00pm

What a time to enjoy birds in a variety of habitats as nesting birds return and wintering birds linger! Learn to ID by sight and sound.
Sun, May 15, 1:00pm - 9:00pm

See with new eyes as you learn to work with sun, moon, and tides in your photos, then enjoy a field shoot at sunset with a full moon rise!
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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