Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures
From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »
Using Park Resources
to Teach, Inspire
and Motivate Students
Last year thousands of students visited our Coast Miwok roundhouse, toured the historic Point Reyes lighthouse, and watched elephant seals, migratory gray whales, and creek critters in their natural habitats. For the 2012-2013 school year, we are full. Do not submit a reservation form at this point. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Beth Shenton at 415-464-5139.
If you want to bring a group out for a self-guided experience, please plan for a Monday or Friday. These are the days when ranger-led programs are not scheduled.
Did You Know?
Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are present in the waters of Point Reyes year round. Every spring, approximately 7,000 harbor seals, or 20% of the mainland California breeding population, haul out on the beaches of Point Reyes. Look for them in the esteros and in Tomales Bay and Bolinas Lagoon. More...