July 9, 2024
I feel so fortunate that my office window overlooks the Morgan Horse Ranch (MHR). On any given day, I watch park rangers and volunteers lovingly feed, water, and exercise the Morgans, a breed known for their intelligence, strength and gentle disposition. Our equine ensemble of six is essential to the preservation of the Seashore’s cultural and natural wonders, and I feel incredibly proud of all that they’ve done to support the wellbeing of our park and people.
Each year, it costs between $50,000 and $80,000 to keep the horses fed, trained, shoed, and treated by a vet—and we rely on our wonderful supporters to upkeep these essential operations. This month, we invite you to help us raise $80k to support the MHR program. And, I’m happy to share that this month, every dollar raised up to $20k will be matched by generous PRNSA supporters.
Morgan Horses at Work
The MHR was an important part of National Park Service history as a breeding ranch, producing nearly 80 horses for mounted patrol programs in parks around the country. The breeding program ended in the 90s, but the mounted patrol program was brought back to life a few years ago and the team continues to look at other ways the horses can serve park initiatives and needs.
Recently, the MHR program conducted a pilot project with the help of a mule named “Shrek,” on loan from Yosemite National Park. The team recently celebrated its first interdivisional operation, involving specialized staff from protection, natural resources, trails, and education who successfully co-conducted a project to remove debris from areas of the Phillip Burton Wilderness. This project demonstrates what is possible when working together, cross divisionally, and with the support of the Morgan horses—as well as a kind mule. Thank you, Shrek, (he returned to Yosemite last month)!

This year’s $80k fundraising goal (matched to the dollar until $20k) will help ensure that the horses are being trained to support interdivisional collaboration and operations–everything from public engagement and education, wildlife monitoring, and restoration and trail projects. Thank you for helping us sustain this wonderful program!
Heather Clapp
Director of Community Engagement & Philanthropy
P.S. Please join us for the 54th anniversary event on July 13th at the MHR! It’ll be fun for all ages. More info below.
Meet the Equine Ensemble
The Morgan Horse Ranch is home to six incredible horses who help the Seashore's operations run smoothly. Learn about each of them below and visit the Morgan Horse Ranch to meet these characters in person! The ranch is open seven days a week, with staff and volunteers available from 9am-4pm. 
Join Us: Morgan Horse Ranch Anniversary
Join Park Rangers and volunteers in celebrating the 54th Anniversary of the Morgan Horse Ranch on Saturday, July 13th! Drop in any time from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm. The event will include riding and roping demonstrations, games, activities and crafts for kids, community partners, and much more! This event is free and open to the public. Check out our event page to learn more details about the celebration!
We're Hiring!
We’re hiring a full-time Bilingual Environmental Educator to plan and facilitate nature-based youth programs at Point Reyes National Seashore, with a special focus on leading culturally relevant programs delivered fully or partially in Spanish. The educator will manage overnight group stays at our Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, lead day-long outdoor experiences, organize equity-based community events, and more! See the full job description, and please share with anyone who may be interested!
Upcoming Classes & Events

Sat, Aug. 3, 9am-3pm

Learn to express the moods of the environment and channel the natural soundscapes of Point Reyes with your acoustic instrument.

Sat, Aug. 3, 10am-3pm

Learn together as we walk the trail, stop to sketch, and move again making quick paintings or drawings using your favorite materials!

Sat, Aug. 10, 10:30am-1:30pm

Forest bathing is a practice of deep connection with the natural world and with ourselves. Slow down, take the world in through your senses!

We're looking for event volunteers to help at our 15th annual Party on the Pacific Plate on Saturday, September 21. Tasks will include setting up the bar and food station, cleaning up, monitoring the waste and recycle station, and assisting with decor and service. Please contact suzanned@ptreyes.org if you are interested.
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