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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • 2014 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 »

  • 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended

    March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. More »

  • Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1, 2013

    The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center is open on weekends and holidays when shuttles are operating. More »

Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center Newsletters

Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center Newsletters

Parks for Science, Issue 8, Spring 2011 (651 KB PDF)
Topics: Climate Change: Where Will Our Beaches and Coastal Wetlands Go?; Dune Restoration at the Point Reyes Headlands; Featured Resource: Endangered Black Abalone; Rocky Intertidal Monitoring on Alcatraz; Habitat Maps Give a New Window into the Deep; New Park Science Website www.sfnps.org; Engaging Park Visitors in Coastal Resources

Parks for Science, Issue 7, Spring 2010 (681 KB PDF)
Topics: Project Aims to Double Salmon Habitat; Creek Flows Freely Again; Uncovering People and Plants; Traditional Ecological Knowledge Guides NPS; Putting Down Sustainable Roots; Redwood Creek Restoration at Muir Beach; My Science Communication Internship by Elaine Albertson

Parks for Science, Issue 6, Fall 2008 (609 KB PDF)
Topics: In Search of the Great White Shark; Sea Change in Tomales Bay: The Giacomini Wetlands Restoration; Coho Salmon Monitoring in Redwood Creek; An Internship at Point Reyes National Seashore; Status of Redwood Creek Coho Salmon; Coastal Biophysical Inventory; Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center (PCLSC) Partners with Universities; Point Reyes Home to New Species of Lichen; Newsletter Subscription; Internships

Parks for Science, Issue 5, Spring 2007 (705 KB PDF)
Topics: Keeping Track of Elephant Seals at Point Reyes National Seashore; Working Together Against Weeds; Pacific Railroad Surveys: Roots of the San Francisco Bay Area Inventory and Monitoring Program; New Research Projects at Point Reyes National Seashore; Protect the Snowy Plover And Conserve Our Seashore; Volunteer Resources; Internships

Parks for Science, Issue 4, Fall 2006 (266 KB PDF)
Topics: Global Climate Change and the Western National Parks; Weed Watcher Invasive Plant Early Detection Volunteer Program; Raptor Monitoring at Pinnacles National Monument; Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center's Grant Recipients for 2006; Giant Underwater Sand Waves Revealed for the First Time Ever, Submerged between Ocean Beach and Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreational Area; My College Internship at Point Reyes National Seashore, by Adrienne Barrett

Coastal Science Review, Issue 3, Fall 2005 (675 KB PDF)
Topics: Tomales Bay Biodiversity Inventory Update: Tomales Bay Species Diversity, Didemnum lahillei, Nebalia kensleyi, Coastal Biophysical Inventory Nears Completion; Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center Works with Tomales High School Mapping Project; Monitoring Northern Spotted Owls in Marin County; Partnering Education and Science To Save Threatened Species; Harbor Seal Monitoring Update; Soundscape Monitoring Project; Bighorn Sheep Survival Requires Volunteer Help; Global Climate Modeling Research at Point Reyes National Seashore; Volunteer and Docent Opportunities

Coastal Science Review, Issue 2, Summer 2004 (687 KB PDF)
Topics: Tomales Bay Biodiversity Partnership Updates: "Bio-Quests," New Partnership to Develop Water Quality Database, New Species in the Bay, Update on Didemnum vexillum, Loon Research Project Expands to Tomales Bay, Statewide Assessment of Harbor Seals; Training Future Scientists: Homeschool Students Assist with Intertidal Monitoring, College Intern Gains Hands-On Experience, "Summer Science Seminar" for High School Students; Coastal Air Quality; Tomales Bay Biodiversity Partnership Updates: Algae and Invertebrate Inventories Summer 2004, Native Oyster Restoration Project by UC Davis and Bodega Marine Lab

Coastal Science Review, Issue 1, Fall 2003 (736 KB PDF)
Topics: Tomales Bay Biodiversity Partnership; Tomales Bay Biodiversity Projects: Algae Inventory, Fish Inventory, Ascidian Workshop, Bird Inventory, Lichen Inventory, Environmental History of Tomales Bay; Marine Biodiversity Database; Involving Students in Biodiversity: Environmental Marine Science Magnet School, Science Immersion for High School Students, Biological Science Aids; Tomales Bay Species Composition; Partnerships; Pacific Coast Science Learning Center

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Elephant seals at the main colony at Point Reyes

Northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) began breeding at Point Reyes in 1981 after being absent for over 150 years. The population breeds at terrestrial haul out sites at Point Reyes Headland, one of only eleven mainland breeding areas for northern elephant seals in the world. More...