Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 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 »
50th Anniversary Commemoration
In 2012, Point Reyes National Seashore, in conjunction with numerous community partners, will carry out a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary as part of our nation's National Park System. This website will provide up-to-date information about anniversary events and promote public involvement with the park during our anniversary year. Other features will include a photo gallery and a space where people can leave memories of past trips to Point Reyes. The site will be updated with details as anniversary events are developed.
Point Reyes was established as a National Seashore on September 13, 1962, by President John F. Kennedy.
Throughout 2012, Point Reyes, our Cooperating Association, the Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and our other partners will host special events and activities that focus on the park's history and future. Reflecting the relationship that Californians, all Americans, and a growing number of international visitors have with Point Reyes National Seashore, the theme of the anniversary is A Natural Sanctuary, A Human Haven.
Anniversary Commemoration, Tree Planting Ceremony, and Nature Walk
Point Reyes 50th Anniversary Photo Contest
To commemorate our 50th anniversary, Point Reyes National Seashore is sponsoring a photo contest. From the 308th step at the historic lighthouse to high up on Mt. Vision's bishop pine covered ridge, share your favorite memories of this natural sanctuary. Park visitors were invited to submit their photos in three categories: flora and fauna, landscapes, and people in the seashore.
The competition was open to all park visitors. Submissions were accepted between August 1, 2012, and August 27, 2012. The winners will be announced in September to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the park.
Crowning Glories: Celebrating the Landscapes of Point Reyes
Point Reyes National Seashore's Legacy
Read the letter Senator Tom Udall sent to Superintendent Cicely Muldoon congratulating Point Reyes National Seashore on its 50th anniversary. Senator Udall is the the son of Stewart Udall, who was the Secretary of the Interior under Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and who helped shepherd the legislation authorizing Point Reyes National Seashore through Congress.
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