April 4, 2023

Spring at the Seashore is blossoming and our calendar is full of Field Institute classes, volunteer days, and partner events. From birding by kayak to restoration days to book presentations, you're sure to find an event that speaks to you. Scroll down to find more information and registration details for a variety of upcoming events at Point Reyes!
Watershed Awareness Volunteer Event
Sat., April 8 | Cheda Creek Enhancement | 9:00am - 1:00pm
Looking to get involved and make a difference? Join the Watershed Stewards Program and National Park Service for a volunteer restoration event to improve riparian habitat for native salmonids on a major tributary of Lagunitas Creek. Activities will include planting, fence repair, and invasive plant removal. Be sure to bring sturdy closed-toe shoes, long sleeves and long pants, lunch, and a water bottle. Information and registration here.
Dark Sky Point Reyes Presentation
Wed., April 19 | Dance Palace | 6:00pm
Join Dark Sky Point Reyes for an upcoming presentation on the current initiative for an International Dark Sky designation at Point Reyes National Seashore and the surrounding towns. Speakers will include Don Jolley—who has promoted the importance of local dark skies by leading stargazing classes each month for the last two years—Supervisor Dennis Rodoni, Laura Arndt, and Peggy Day. There will also be a Dark Sky video from the IDS Association, samples of dark sky-friendly light fixtures, and several informational tables. Light refreshments will be provided. Click here to enlarge the event flyer.
Waves & Beaches
Book Presentation & Signing
Sat., April 22 | Ken Patrick Visitor Center | 11:30am - 2:30pm
Join us for a complimentary talk with author and oceanographer Kim McCoy as he dives into the fascinating world of sand, surf, and waves. Explore how climate change is affecting coastal dynamics, watersheds, sediment and marine life. Kim will give a compelling presentation from the Ken Patrick Visitor’s Center at Drakes Beach. The presentation will include two segments: a BIG picture view (changing climate patterns, watersheds and sediments), and a LOCAL view (specific to the Point Reyes area).
Interested attendees can also purchase a signed copy of the book and a guided beach walk with Kim following the presentation, to illustrate his lessons in a real world setting. This event is for anyone who appreciates the sea. Coffee and snacks provided! Information and registration here.
Nature Swagger:
Storytelling Black Joy in Nature
Wed., April 26 | Virtual Event (Zoom Webinar) | 10:00am - 11:30am
Learn how outdoorswoman Rue Mapp turned her childhood experiences on family farmland into a national movement of Black joy and healing in nature. Her first book, Nature Swagger, celebrates those she has connected with along her outdoor journey. This is the third conversation in the Empowering Women in Today’s World series, co-presented by Outdoor Afro, Mesa Refuge, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and The New School at Commonweal. Information and registration here.
Community Discussion:
Bolinas Lagoon, Duxbury Reef, & Bolinas Field Station
Sun., April 30 | Audubon Canyon Ranch | 10:00am - 11:30am
Join our friends at Audubon Canyon Ranch and the College of Marin (COM) for a presentation and discussion of the current and future science and state of Bolinas Lagoon, Duxbury Reef, and COM's Bolinas Field Station. Post-presentation field trip led by Gwen Heistand and Joe Mueller. Please bring your binoculars. Space is limited, refreshments provided. Information and registration here.
May Member Full Moon Hike
Sat., May 6 | Tomales Bay Trailhead | 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Join PRNSA for this month’s member moon walk at the Tomales Bay Trailhead. Let’s tune into the greening of the growing year by seeing what’s in bloom along this trail. This is a relatively flat 2.6 - 3 mile, out and back hike. Optional: Please bring a story, poem, flower, leaf, etc that symbolizes growth or signals spring to you. Information and registration here. Not a member? Become one today for as little as $10 a month!
Field Institute Classes
Spring is full of classes and events at the Seashore, and summer classes will be announced soon! Look below for the full Field Institute Calendar through May!
Sat., Apr. 15, 9:45am - 3:45pm

Power with Poles! Learn individualized strategies for improving performance and confidence on the trail.

Fri., Apr. 21, 9:30am - 3:00pm

Hike the scenic Headlands to the lighthouse and Chimney Rock. Learn about the park's unique geology and coastal processes.

Sat., Apr. 29, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Learn about and explore the use of California invasive plants as art materials for inks, watercolor, and environmental restoration.

Sat., Apr. 29, 9:00am - 3:00pm

Kayak Tomales Bay alongside naturalist David Wimpfheimer to discover the rich diversity of birds and wildlife along the shores.

Sat., Apr. 29, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Learn about and explore the use of California invasive plants as art materials for inks, watercolor, and environmental restoration.

Sat., Apr. 29, 11:00am - 2:00pm

Explore the butterflies of Muddy Hollow from swallowtails to checkerspots. Observe a variety of species and behaviors!

Sat., May. 6, 12:00pm - 3:00pm

Explore observational life-drawing as a pathway to cultivate attention, nurture creativity, and learn about Point Reyes.

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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