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 »
Art Exhibition: "BayWood Artists Paint Point Reyes"
An exhibition by the BayWood Artists will begin the holiday weekend of Saturday, August 30, 2014, and continue through September (except September 14) from noon to 5 pm at the Red Barn Classroom. Admission is free, all welcome!
An opening reception is planned for Saturday, August 30, from noon to 5 pm (free admission). Festivities culminate with a cocktail hour on Saturday, September 20, in conjunction with Point Reyes National Seashore Association's (PRNSA) Dinner at the Pacific Plate. To purchase tickets for this event, contact Donna Faure at 415-663-1200 x303 or by email. Tickets will also available at www.ptreyes.org.
Throughout 2014, the BayWood Artists are painting in the National Seashore's lands as part of the campaign, "Wilderness Forever" celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act passed by the United States Congress in 1964.
Several BayWood Artists will be teaching classes for PRNSA's Field Institute in the fall, celebrating outdoor painting, wilderness, and the Point Reyes National Seashore. A "paint out" is being planned, during which BayWood Artists will be painting in the park and the public will be invited to visit the artists at work. (Date/time/location to be determined.) Visitors may also view, enjoy, and purchase BayWood Artists' paintings that will be displayed at the Bear Valley Visitor Center from August 30 through the end of September. The Bear Valley Visitor Center is open 10 am to 4:30 pm on weekdays, and 9 am to 4:30 pm on weekends and holidays.
BayWood Artists is a group of professional Northern California artists dedicated to helping preserve and protect areas recognized as particularly beautiful and important to future generations.
In recognition of the effort of preserving our parks, the award-winning BayWood Artists come together in giving back to the community through their art. Some of the most famous American landscape artists feature some of their best paintings in this art exhibit. The artists have gone to great lengths to capture the light and beauty of landscape and seascape of areas that are not easily accessible in order to create paintings; a window to the world of nature that we all have come to love.
For the third year, the artists known for their plein aire style, will give a portion of the proceeds to PRNSA, the primary nonprofit park partner organization, which was created to raise awareness and funds for education, preservation, and resource protection of the singular west coast National Seashore.
To get to the Red Barn Classroom, follow the directions to Point Reyes National Seashore. As you proceed up the driveway toward the Bear Valley Visitor Center, turn left at the sign for the Red Barn Classroom.More »