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 »
27th Annual Sand Sculpture Contest at Drakes Beach - Sunday, August 31, 2008
Contact: Loretta Farley, 415-464-5140
Point Reyes National Seashore invites you to join the 27th annual Sand Sculpture Contest. We welcome all ages at this free community event located at Drakes Beach. Categories include: Children (14 and under), Families, Adult Individuals, and Adult Groups. Three prizes will be awarded in each of those categories along with prizes for the sculpture with the most recycled plastic included. This event is family-based, but please remember no dogs are allowed on this designated swimming beach (no lifeguard on duty). Local celebrity judges—including Madeline Hope, Director of the Artists In The Schools Program for Gallery Route One—will make the call on creativity and originality. This year, students from the Latino Photography Project of Gallery Route One in Point Reyes Station, will be capturing the sculptures on film for the park website. Bring a picnic and spend the day!
For more information, please contact the Bear Valley Visitor Center (415) 464-5100 x2 x5. This event is sponsored in partnership with the Point Reyes National Seashore Association.
Did You Know?
Elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris)are the largest pinniped with males reaching a maximum of about 5,000 lbs. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) are much smaller with both males and females reaching a maximum weight of around 250 lbs. More...