Event Details

  • Everyday from 06/01/2015 to 09/07/2015

    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

Summer Daily Ranger Program

Daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
1:30 pm

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. Some presentations may use the park's Science On a Sphere® (SOS) to help explain complex environmental processes in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating. Stop by or call the Bear Valley Visitor Center at 415-464-5100 x2 x5 for information about today's program. Some programs may require up to a 1.6 kilometer (one mile) walk on easy to moderate trails. Meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

Currently planned* ranger-led programs:

Thursday, August 20 "It's a Small World" SOS program
Friday, August 21 "Birds of Prey" nature walk
Saturday, August 22 "Mountain Lions" ranger talk
Sunday, August 23 TBA
Monday, August 24 Science on a Sphere program
Tuesday, August 25 TBA
Wednesday, August 26 "On Shaky Ground" nature walk
Thursday, August 27 "It's a Small World" SOS program
Friday, August 28 "Mountain Lions" ranger talk
Saturday, August 29 "Mountain Lions" ranger talk
Sunday, August 30 TBA
Monday, August 31 TBA
Tuesday, September 1 TBA
Wednesday, September 2 TBA
Thursday, September 3 "It's a Small World" SOS program
Friday, September 4 Tule Elk Talk
Saturday, September 5 Science on a Sphere program


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.

"Beginning Birding" ranger talk & walk
This is an introductory talk about how to use binoculars and to learn tips on observing and identifying birds. After the talk, we will take a short walk around the Bear Valley Visitor Center area looking for birds.

"Bioluminescence" ranger talk
Learn how dinoflagellates brighten our world.

"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.

"Did you hear about the scientist who crossed a carrier pigeon with a woodpecker?" A Nature Hike on the Woodpecker Trail.
To hear the answer to this joke and to learn about the wonderful natural world of Point Reyes National Seashore, meet us at the Bear Valley Visitor Center for an adventure into the wilderness of Point Reyes. We will bear witness to many different sights and sounds of this beautiful region.

"Find Your Park: A Brief History of Your National Parks" slide show
Learn more about your national parks and the history of the National Park Service. Join a Ranger in the Bear Valley Visitor Center's auditorium for a 45-minute long PowerPoint presentation.

"Icehouse/Greenhouse" SOS program
Scientists have concluded that periods of so-called greenhouse (warmer, wetter) conditions are times of mass extinctions compared to icehouse (cold, dry) conditions. Causes of climate swings vary, and we are living in the time of human-caused change.

"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.

"One Tectonic Plate Bumped into Another and Said: 'Sorry, My Fault.'" nature walk
Join a ranger on a 45-minute walk to learn about the geological history of the ever-changing coastline of Point Reyes National Seashore. The ranger will also discuss the importance of being safe and respecting wilderness even in the most perceivably safe activities.

"Osprey" nature walk
Join a ranger for a 2-mile walk along the Bear Valley Trail. Learn about the osprey that nest in the treetops within sight of the trail. Bring binoculars.

"Plants of Point Reyes: An Ethnobotanical Walk"
Take a 1.3 miles, hour-long walk through time and discover the traditional uses of some of our most common native plants as we examine the relationships between people and plants throughout the history of the Point Reyes peninsula. Meet at the Morgan Horse Ranch

"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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