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 »
Join the Marin Chapter California Native Plant Society's "Third Thursday Weeders" to spend a day at beautiful Point Reyes and help tackle invasive weeds that threaten important plant habitat in the Point Reyes National Seashore.
The Thursday, April 17 workday will target iceplant (Carprobrotus spp.) regrowth in the Paleodunes north of Sir Francis Drake, at the Point Reyes Headlands/Lighthouse region.
We'll be hiking about 15-20 minutes on uneven trails from the parking spot to the ridges where we'll be working. Some of the hike may require us to keep our eyes open for avoidable poison oak. We'll go through a newly installed gate keeping cattle out of the sites. The ridges where we'll rove for iceplant have high native plant diversity, including some rare species, and we should see spring wildflowers in bloom. Your help in stemming the tide of invasive iceplant will be much appreciated.
Please meet at 9:30 am at the gate to the last ranch road north of Sir Francis Drake Blvd. before the Lighthouse parking lot. (It would be ideal if people could consolidate cars at the parking lot or carpool from the Inverness General Store. Please contact Ellen Hamingson by emailing Ellen Hamingson or by calling 415-464-5196 if you need further directions, or Carolyn Longstreth by email if you'd like to find out about carpooling from Inverness.)
We'll work until about 1:30 p.m. with a lunch break; if you need to leave after lunch, you are welcome to hike out on your own.
This workday will happen if at least four people confirm participation by 1:30 pm on Wednesday afternoon, April 16. Please RSVP by emailing Ellen Hamingson or by calling 415-464-5196. Ellen or Carol will send a confirmation by the end of Wednesday to those who have responded.
Please bring warm and wind-stopping layers, water, snacks and/or lunch, and clothes that can get dirty. The park will provide tools and gloves. The workday usually goes until 1:30 pm with a lunch break.
As we celebrate National Volunteer Week, Ellen would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who in the last year have supported our vegetation program with your time, energy, and hard work. Your enthusiasm for protecting and improving the Seashore's native plant communities is inspiring and motivating for me and the rest of our staff. Thank you for your commitment, your botanical expertise and determination to eliminate invasive plants, and your good company during our workdays.
The Third Thursday Weeders meet on the third Thursday of every month (except December) at 9:30 am, usually at a trailhead near the work location. They visit beautiful sites to conduct important follow-up removal to maintain and enhance large-scale restoration projects. The workday usually involves a chance to view native plants—often including rare species—that are recolonizing the areas.More »