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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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Event Details

  • Everyday from 05/24/2014 to 09/01/2014

    Ranger-led tour on the Earthquake Trail.
    Location: Bear Valley Visitor Center | Map Time: 10:30 AM 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, except for June 7, June 9, June 11, June 13, July 19, and August 31.
10:30 am

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:

Friday, July 25 "Tule Elk" Talk
Saturday, July 26 "A Land in Motion" nature walk
Sunday, July 27 TBA
Monday, July 28 "A Land in Motion" nature walk
Tuesday, July 29 "It's a Small World" SOS program
Wednesday, July 30 "Witness the Wilderness" nature walk
Thursday, July 31 "It's a Small World" SOS program
Friday, August 1 "Mountain Lions" Talk
Saturday, August 2 "Tule Elk" Talk
Sunday, August 3 "Tule Elk" Talk
Monday, August 4 "Tule Elk" Talk
Tuesday, August 5 "Witness the Wilderness" nature walk
Wednesday, August 6 "Witness the Wilderness" nature walk
Thursday, August 7 TBA
Friday, August 8 "Tule Elk" Talk
Saturday, August 9 "Begin with Birds" 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.

"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.

"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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