POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE ASSOCIATION

February 2014
 
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Upcoming Events

January 8 - April 1
Photography exhibition


Saturday, March 8
Volunteers maintain the park's demonstration Coast Miwok village

Bioblitz Point Reyes 
March 28 & 29
Citizen science event at the Giacomini Wetlands 

Sunday, April 13
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Come Learn With Us!
 
Greetings!    

 

Winter wildlife, family learning, outdoor classrooms...come learn with us on a journey of discovery into the magic of the Point Reyes National Seashore.

 

We believe that hands-on learning about the environment should begin in childhood and continue throughout life. For nearly 40 years we've offered transformative, place-based learning experiences throughout the Seashore that inspire environmental and community stewardship.

 

Please join us on this great adventure! I hope to see you in the park this winter!

 
Samaria Jaffe
Executive Director
DIVE DEEPER WITH OUR WINTER WILDLIFE  DOCENTS
"Winter is one of the best times of year to experience the Seashore, and the Winter Wildlife Program offers a fun and fulfilling opportunity to deepen your personal connection to one of America's most spectacular sections of coastline." - Frank Binney, Park volunteer

 

The amazing world of the northern elephant seals and Pacific gray whales are just a short bus ride away for visitors to Point Reyes National Seashore. Winter marks the return of these majestic marine mammals and you can learn about their lives, habits, and how humans can protect these animals by talking with one of the park's informative Winter Wildlife docents.

CALLING ALL TEACHERS AND 
YOUTH LEADERS!
  

Are you looking for a beautiful, inspiring and low-cost place to hold an overnight school field trip or retreat? Are you a teacher looking for ideas on how to share the natural world with your class? Do you love Point Reyes and want to share it with the young people you teach?

 

Join us this April for our annual Environmental Education and Natural History Intensive to gain the skills to plan your next academic outdoor adventure at Point Reyes National Seashore.

Completion of this course is required to  to use the Clem Miller Environmental Education Centerour 80-bed facility located in the park's Hidden Valley and surrounded by the Phillip Burton Wilderness.

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CREATURE FEATURE COMES 
TO POINT REYES
PRNSA and the National Park Service brought hands-on science and environmental education to our local elementary students in December when we transformed the West Marin School into a science laboratory. 

BIRD COUNT FOR KIDS ADDS UP
Photo by Rex Frobenius
Photo by Rex Frobenius
Thank you to all the families and volunteers who made the fourth annual Christmas Bird Count for Kids (CBC4Kids) a hit!  With some of the greatest bird diversity and numbers of any national park in the country (490 or 54% of all North American bird species), the park is the perfect outdoor classroom for our event.                                            

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PERSPECTIVE FROM THE FIELD
You've probably passed artists with easels set up in fields or seen someone sketching on the side of a trail. Less visible, but just as popular, is the art of writing as a means of experiencing the beauty of Point Reyes. Our Field Institute offers writing workshops throughout the year, each focused on a different theme or park influence. Read about why Field Institute Instructor Sarah Rabkin loves to use the park as an outdoor classroom.  
Reptilian Ramble and Amphibian Amble

Saturday, March 8, 2014 - 10:00am to 1:00pm

Instructor: Chris Giorni

 

Join biologist Chris Giorni of Tree Frog Treks for an afternoon in search of cold-blooded critters large and small. This is a great class for adults and children alike!

REGISTER NOW! 

iNaturalist: Build your Naturalist Skills with Technology and an Expert Community

Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Instructor: Todd Plummer

 

Smartphones are a great tool to take photographs of what you observe  while exploring in nature. With the iNaturalist app you can share info and ask questions about what you've found. This is a great class if you are interested in volunteering for the  BioBlitz on March 28th and 29th.   

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Why do Cat's Eyes Glow in the Dark?

Saturday, March 1, 2014 - 6:45pm to 9:15pm

Instructor: Cathleen Cannon

 

Come discover plants and animals of the night! This class begins indoors with demonstrations and discussions of the plant and animal communities that have different light reflecting and absorbing characteristics. Then it's outside to discover the world of Point Reyes with blacklights to better see the creatures of the night.

REGISTER NOW! 

Point Reyes National Seashore Association | (415) 663.1200 x 304 | membership@ptreyes.org | www.ptreyes.org
1 Bear Valley Rd, Bldg 70
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956