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What a wonderful first summer I've had here at PRNSA! As PRNSA's new executive director I am enjoying getting to get to know this park and the community of supporters who share my love of this special place.


The summer was brimming with learning and play. We hosted our annual Point Reyes Summer Camp and new for this year, an International Youth Peace Summit, which brought youth from around the war-affected areas of the world to promote healing, cultural exchange, compassionate service, community building and leadership development.


Read below about our new partnerships we've established with the Tomales Bay Youth Center and The Latino Photography Project to welcome local youth and families to the park. Also highlighted is the Western Snowy Plover Program, just one of the wildlife protection projects your support helps make possible.  


Summer is on the wane, but we are entering the best weather for a visit to Point Reyes. It is also our biggest fundraising season and I look forward to meeting many of our supporters and volunteers at Dinner on the Pacific Plate, our annual fundraiser on September 21st. The event is sold out, but please contact us if you are interested in being placed on our waiting list. Our online auction is also live through September 22 and I invite you bid on amazing packages that will help support our nonprofit mission.





Samaria Jaffe

Executive Director


Ranger Melanie Gun leads bilingual nature walk at Limantour Beach


Summer at the Seashore:

Healthy Parks, Healthy People


Volunteers on  the Horse Trail


PRNSA received a grant from the National Parks Foundation this past spring to host a series of activities to bring more people from diverse backgrounds into the park. The goal of the "Active Trails" grant was to encourage the use and enjoyment of trails as part of a healthy lifestyle. Over the summer PRNSA hosted the Point Reyes Trails Challenge to encourage the public to explore more of the Point Reyes National Seashore's 150 miles of trails.


With grant support provide a number of incentives for trail challengers, and we host four trail work days to help improve our trails and encourage park stewardship. We also worked with the Latino Photography Project, volunteer Carlos Porrata, and the National Park Service to host three bilingual nature walks to welcome the Spanish-speaking community to our park. These walks will continue throughout the year.

Tomales Bay Youth Center Director Chris Eckert and Superintendent Cicely Muldoon at teen camp


This summer we also established a wonderful new partnership with the Tomales Bay Youth Center, the teen center in Point Reyes Station. Our goal was to welcome our local youth to the park. 

Twenty youth participated in two stewardship work days in the park at SPAWN and a beach clean up at Limantour Beach. 


The teens were most interested in camping and,as volunteers in the park, they were allowed to camp at the Volunteer Campground near Kule Loklo. They especially enjoyed the seven mile hike on the Sky Trail, a Coast Miwok talk by Nick Tipon from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, a pozole dinner and pancake breakfast, campfire and s'mores, and meeting park staff. For some of these local kids it was their first time camping! The partnership will continue throughout the year with activities such as tidepooling and a field trip to visit the elephant seal colony at Chimney Rock during breeding season.   


Youth Center member Bryan Aparicio relaxing at camp



Summer Interns and Volunteers

Serve at the Seashore


Over the summer PRNSA sponsored six resource management interns at Point Reyes National Seashore. What a great summer experience!  Our interns learned real world skills in fish ecology, dune and wetland restoration, invasive species management, and rangeland management.  Their work helps the park immensely and for some of these interns, this experience will launch careers in conservation science. Since 2003, PRNSA has sponsored over 40 interns at the park!


Over the summer PRNSA also funded the work of the western snowy plover program, a summertime project with a goal to protect and nurture this threatened species during its breeding season.   Biologist Carolyn Campbell and a cadre of dedicated volunteers studied and literally watched over the nests of these incredibly adorable shore birds as they work to prevent their extirpation from the park.

Field Institute Class Highlight  


Bioluminescence on the Beach

with Cathleen Cannon

Saturday, September 28  

7:30PM - 10PM 

$25 ($20 Members)


What do glow worms, algal blooms and red tides have in common? Join Cathleen for a magical evening at the beach to learn about bioluminescence. What it is, how it works, who does it and WHY? There will be lively discussions as we wait and watch the waves for bioluminescence activity to begin. Since every participant will receive a phytoplankton sample and care sheet...even you will sparkle as you leave! Also open to youth (age 15-17) with parent attendance.







Naturalization Ceremony


Dinner on the

Pacific Plate



Coastal Clean Up







Field Institute Classes














Point Reyes National Seashore Association
1 Bear Valley Road, Bldg 70
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
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Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) is the official park partner of the Point Reyes National Seashore.  We have proudly supported stewardship, environmental education and natural and historic preservation programs since 1964. PRNSA is an independent 501(3)(c) nonprofit and your gifts to us are are tax-deductible.