• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

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  • Bear Valley Visitor Center Lighting Retrofit:

    Due to safety concerns during the installation of new LED lights, sections of the Bear Valley Visitor Center's exhibit area may be closed through the end of July. More »

  • The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed on Saturday, July 26.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed on Saturday, July 26. It will open at 10 am on Sunday, July 27.

Ferns

Nature and Science

Myrtle's silverspot butterfly resting on a fern.

Point Reyes is host to 13 species of ferns from six different fern families. Ferns are by far the largest group of living seedless vascular plants. Vascular plants have stems, roots, leaves, and vascular systems that transport water, minerals, and food. Other seedless vascular plants include horsetails and club mosses. Ferns have a worldwide distribution on all continents except Antarctica and most islands. Keep your eye out for ferns along creek banks and in moist places; you’ll be rewarded with views of the delicate five-finger fern, California maiden-hair, wood fern, bracken, and more.



View Fern and Fern Allies of Point Reyes species list (9 KB PDF, Adobe® Acrobat Reader® required)

Did You Know?

Dorsal view of a gray whale breaching. Photo by Merrill Gosho/NOAA.

The Endangered Species Act turned 40 on December 28, 2013. 99 percent of the plants and animals protected by the ESA have been saved from extinction, including the bald eagle, brown pelican, gray whale, and peregrine falcon, all of which can be seen at Point Reyes. More...