• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

Event Details

  • Every Monday Weekly & Every Tuesday Weekly & Every Wednesday Weekly & Every Thursday Weekly & Every Friday Weekly from 12/26/2014 to 01/02/2015

    Ranger-led tour on the Earthquake Trail.
    Location: Bear Valley Visitor Center | Map Time: 1:30 PM Fee Information: Free Contact Name: Bear Valley Visitor Center Contact Email: e-mail us Contact Phone Number: 415-464-5100 x2 x5

Come join a Park Ranger to learn more about Point Reyes National Seashore's natural and cultural history. Topics may cover earthquakes and plate tectonics, the Coast Miwok, Sir Francis Drake, the U.S. Lifesaving Service, or area flora and fauna. Stop by or call the Bear Valley Visitor Center for information about the day's program. Some programs may require up to a one mile walk on easy to moderate trails. Meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. We also offer Weekend Ranger Programs throughout the year.

Lasts approximately one hour.

Currently planned* ranger-led programs between Friday, December 26, 2014, and Sunday, January 4, 2015:

Friday, December 26 at 1:30 pm "It's a Small World" SOS program
Saturday, December 27 at 1:30 pm "On Shaky Ground" nature walk


Program descriptions:

"Bats of Point Reyes" slide show
Human perceptions about bats have varied throughout history. Are they evil or good? Are they vampires? There are a lot of myths about bats. Dispel some of your misconceptions by learning about these amazing nocturnal animals. Join a Ranger in the auditorium for a one-hour long PowerPoint presentation.

"Begin with Birds" nature walk
Wanting to learn about birds and birdwatching? Join this one-hour ranger-led bird walk for beginners and all others. We'll look for resident birds and migrants as we bird the Bear Valley Visitor Center area and the Earthquake Trail.

"Birding Limantour" nature walk
Meet at 9:30 am at the main Limantour Beach parking lot. Join this two-hour ranger-led bird walk for beginners and all others. We'll look for resident birds and migrants as we bird the Limantour Beach and Estero de Limantour areas.

"Birds of Prey" nature walk
Join a Ranger to learn about the birds of prey at Point Reyes. Learn about their adaptations and habits, and hope to see a Red-shouldered Hawk or a White-tailed Kite and more. This 1-hour long program begins at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. From there, we will take a 1- kilometer (0.6-mile) long walk along the wheelchair-accessible Earthquake Trail. Feel free to bring binoculars and/or spotting scopes.

"It's a Small World" SOS program
Although the earth is quite an expansive place from our individual perspectives, it can appear to be quite small when we consider the human and natural connections throughout it. Explore these connections with a ranger and gain a new perspective on our planet that can help us take the first step towards global stewardship.

Kule Loklo Walk
This lesiurely 1.3-kilometer (0.8-mile) tour introduces visitors to the Coast Miwok and their history and culture. Meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Lasts 1 to 1.5 hours.

"A Land in Motion" nature walk
Explore the geologic setting of Point Reyes National Seashore and the San Andreas Fault Zone as we look into the past, present, and future of this park on the move. Meet a Park Ranger at the start of the Earthquake Trail for this easy 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) walk. Lasts 1 to 1.5 hours.

"Mountain Lions" ranger talk
Learn about the largest land predator at Point Reyes.

"Motions in the Oceans" SOS program
The world's oceans absorb vast amounts of carbon and produce a substantial portion of the oxygen that we breathe. Humans have greatly accelerated the amount of carbon going into our oceans, with some alarming consequences.

"On Shaky Ground" nature walk
Dare to tread the San Andreas Fault where the earth's crust shifted and moved 5 meters (16 feet) in 1906! Meet a Park Ranger at the start of the Earthquake Trail for this easy 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) walk. Lasts 1 to 1.5 hours.

"A Park on the Move" nature walk
Learn more about Point Reyes geology during this 60-minute walk along the Earthquake Trail. Meet a Park Ranger at the start of the Earthquake Trail for this easy 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) walk.

Park Orientation
Join a Park Ranger for a 15 to 30 minute overview of what to see and do at Point Reyes National Seashore.

"Tule Elk" ranger talk
Come hear the incredible story of extirpation and return of the tule elk at Point Reyes.

"Witness the Wilderness" ranger talk
Explore wilderness and learn what makes it an important part of Point Reyes National Seashore. (1 hour program with a 5.1 km [3.2 mile] hike)

* Program schedule subject to change.

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