Homesteader's Weekend Activities Announced
Contact: Carl Brenner, (831)389 4486 ext 265
Pinnacles National Monument will celebrate its 100th year with a Centennial Weekend March 28-30, 2008. A variety of programs will be offered through the weekend. Topics include: condor reintroduction, raptor monitoring, red-legged frogs and amphibians, bats, and invasive plant eradication. We will also be offering cultural programs, including living history demonstrations from the San Juan Bautista Mountain Men and the Pajaro Valley Ohlone Indian Council. Landscape Historian Timothy Babalis will present two talks on the early history of Pinnacles National Monument.
The public is encouraged to attend these programs, or talk to park staff, partners and volunteers who will be stationed throughout the park. Park biologists will be available for informal discussions about park projects and current Pinnacles research.Spring is the busiest time of year at Pinnacles, with abundant wildflowers and comfortable hiking temperatures. Parking lots often fill early on busy weekends. We encourage carpooling and riding park shuttles, especially for large groups. Two shuttles will be running on the east side of the monument from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. There may be a wait to board park shuttles, so please be sure to allow extra time to arrive at program meeting locations.
Did You Know?
Pinnacles National Park began as a volcanic field that originated about 195 miles south of its present location. It has traveled northward along the San Andreas Fault, and currently moves at a rate of about 3 - 6 centimeters per year.