Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 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 »
Point Reyes National Seashore to Host Volunteer, Earth Day, and National Park Week Activities in April 2012
Contact: John Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
As Point Reyes National Seashore commemorates our 50th Anniversary this year, Earth Day celebrations will take place along with several volunteer opportunities. National Volunteer Week honors the individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities. For 2012, National Volunteer Week will be observed from Sunday, April 15 through Saturday, April 21.
National Park Week is an annual Presidentially-proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of your National Parks. National Park Week usually coincides with Earth Day (April 22). For 2012, National Park Week will be observed from Saturday, April 21 through Sunday, April 29.
Earth Day began when a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, called for an environmental teach-in in 1969, which was inspired by the teach-ins dealing with the Vietnam War. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, and drew an estimated 20 million participants. Tens of thousands of people filled New York's Fifth Avenue, Congress adjourned so members could speak across the nation, and at least 2,000 colleges marked the occasion. American Heritage Magazine called the first Earth Day "one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy." Today, Earth Day is celebrated in 174 countries by over a half billion people, making it the most celebrated secular holiday in the world, a day on which people get outdoors, plant trees, clean up trash and express support for the environment.
Your National Parks are living examples of the best this nation has to offer-our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge.
This year, take a moment, an hour, a day to visit a national park near you. In the San Francisco Bay Area, that includes Eugene O'Neill NHS (Danville), Golden Gate NRA (Marin, SF and San Mateo Counties), John Muir NHS (Martinez), Muir Woods NM (Marin County), Pinnacles NM (Paicines), Point Reyes NS (Marin County), Port Chicago Naval Magazine NMem (Concord), Rosie the Riveter/WWII Homefront NHP (Richmond), and San Francisco Maritime NHP (San Francisco).
As part of our National Volunteer Week, Earth Day, and National Park Week celebration, Point Reyes National Seashore will be hosting activities throughout the week prior to and on Earth Day to promote sustainability, to raise environmental awareness, and to discuss actions we can take to help reduce our environmental footprint. The week's activities will include:
Earth Day Soy-based/Natural Beeswax Crayon Mural
Green Junior Ranger Pledge Activity Sheet
Third Thursday Weeders Volunteering
Brown Bag Lecture: Point Reyes National Seashore Sustainability Program
Earth Day Marin
Science on a Sphere
Journey of the Whales
On Shaky Ground
Illuminating the Point Reyes Light
Contact: Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center, 415-669-1534
Earth Day Beach Cleanup
2012 Point Reyes Trails Challenge Information Table hosted by Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Cultural History Talk at Kule Loklo with Nick Tipon
A Reading of Dr. Seuss' The Lorax
Commemorating 50 years of Point Reyes National Seashore, 1962-2012
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