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 »
Parks to Show New Fire Safety Film During Fire Prevention Week 2007
Contact: Jennifer Chapman, 415-464-5133
"Marin on Fire – Preparing for the Next Urban Wildfire", an educational film recently produced by Fire Safe Marin, will be on view during Fire Prevention Week, October 7 – 13, at the Bear Valley Visitor Center in Point Reyes National Seashore, and the Marin Headlands Visitor Center in Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The film will also be shown at the Red Barn Classroom at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, October 9, during the lunchtime Brown Bag Seminar Series at Point Reyes National Seashore.
"Marin on Fire" is 23 minutes in length, and includes 4 segments which demonstrate how fire resistant building materials, removing vegetation hazards, landscape design, and neighborhood strategies, can protect lives and homes during a wildfire. The National Park Service provided partial funding and two advisors to the project.
Fire Prevention Week is traditionally the week that includes October 8, the day on which two fire disasters occurred in 1871. The better known event was the Great Chicago Fire, in which more than 250 people died, 100,000 were left homeless, and property loss totalled $200 million. Less well known, but even deadlier, was the Peshtigo Fire in Wisconsin, which consumed 1.2 million acres of forest, destroyed 16 towns, and killed an estimated 1,200 people. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922.
The Bear Valley Visitor Center is open daily from 9:00 to 5:00. The Marin Headlands Visitor Center is open daily from 9:30 to 4:30. For directions and additional recreational opportunities at Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area, please visit the park websites at www.nps.gov/pore and www.nps.gov/goga.
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