Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 »
Habitat Restoration Volunteer Opportunities - September 14-15, 2002
Contact: Malia Laber, 415-464-5285
Point Reyes National Seashore is hosting a volunteer weekend event on September 14-15, 2002 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. to restore and protect coastal habitat. Volunteers are needed to help remove invasive plants that threaten our coastal environment and the rare native species that live there. Park staff will be hiking and working outdoors at the beachfront of Abbotts Lagoon and at the Point Reyes Lighthouse headlands.
The Abbotts Lagoon area hosts some of the last intact coastal dune habitat in California. Unfortunately, European beachgrass (Ammophila arenaria) is overtaking the dunes along our National Seashore. Volunteers will be removing this non-native invasive plant to protect rare and endangered species that live in these areas. These species include the federally endangered plants, Tidestrom’s lupine (Lupinus tidestromii) and beach layia (Layia carnosa); an endangered butterfly, the Myrtle’s silverspot (Speyeria zerene myrtleae); and a threatened shorebird, the Western snowy plover (Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus).
The Point Reyes Lighthouse headlands supports a unique array of native plants, most often noticed during the showy spring wildflower display. Many factors including weather and unique soil type combine to create an exceptional habitat type that exists no where else. Non-native plants threaten to overtake native plant species, cover cliffs used by nesting birds, and alter the view surrounding one of our historic and cultural treasures, the Point Reyes lighthouse.
The weekend consists of a short presentation on these restoration projects, a hike to beautiful Abbotts Lagoon to work on beachgrass removal, an overnight stay at the historic Point Reyes lifeboat station, walking off-trail at the Point Reyes lighthouse headlands to remove iceplant, and a special tour of either the lighthouse or the historic lifeboat station. Volunteers are needed on September 14-15, 2002 (for one or both days) from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Free overnight accommodations are available at the Historic Point Reyes Lifeboat Station – space is limited so please RSVP as soon as possible by calling Malia Laber or Patrick McIntyre (415) 464-5285.
Did You Know?
Point Reyes has some of the greatest avian diversity of any U.S. national park, with more than 490 species of birds recorded (45% of species of birds in North America). More...