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Pinnacles 101

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Date: March 5, 2009

Pinnacles National Monument Turns 101 Years Old

On Friday, January 16, 2009, Pinnacles National Monument transitions to its second 100 years. “Harnessing the momentum gained from the people, relationships and events of recent years, Pinnacles hosts the first of many events launching the park into its second century. Friday, January 16th through Sunday, January 18th Pinnacles celebrates its 101st Birthday” announced Michael Rupp, Pinnacles Centennial Ranger.

Pinnacles 101
Friday night, 7:00 pm
Campground Amphitheater

Join a park ranger for this informational program that will cover the basics of Pinnacles, including things you can see, hikes you can take, and ways to make the most of your weekend.

Geology 101
Saturday and Sunday, 3:00 pm
Bear Gulch Nature Center
Come learn about the fiery past and slow-moving present of the rocks at Pinnacles, and what changes to expect in the next century.

Condors 101
Saturday and Sunday
9:00 to 11:00 am and 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Spotting Scopes located in the Campground

Stop by anytime during these informal talks to learn what the next 100 years may have in store for California condors and the condor program here at Pinnacles.

Habitat Restoration 101
Saturday and Sunday
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Pinnacles Visitor Center, Campground

Learn about these botanical threats and how park staff manages these invasive plants. Stick around to try your hand at pulling Horehound (Marrubium vulgare), a common campground weed

“Pinnacles is at a very pivotal point in its history and this birthday is an excellent springboard to continue moving forward into the next 100 years,” continued Rupp.

Additional activities and events planned for 2009 include the second Artist in Parks program, Star Parties, public meetings to discuss a proposed preferred alternative for the park’s General Management Plan, Rockpile Rendezvous (a celebration of rock climbing in the park), Jr. Ranger Day, Condor Celebration days, and Community Celebration day to name a few. A complete list of 2009 activities will be available by late January.

General park information can be obtained by visiting www.nps.gov/pinn or by calling 831-389-4485.

 

Did You Know?

Yellow Starthistle

The yellow star thistle is one of many invasive (non-native) plants threatening the ecosystems of Pinnacles. Many seeds are accidentally transported into the park on shoes and gear; you can do your part to prevent the spread of these pests by cleaning shoes, socks, and gear before visiting the park.