Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December, reopening weekends and holidays on December 28. More »
Visitor Center Winter Hours
Visitor Center Winter Hours took effect on Sunday, November 3, 2013. More »
National Park Week & National Volunteer Week 2013
National Volunteer Week honors the individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities. For 2013, National Volunteer Week will be observed from Sunday, April 21 through Saturday, April 27.
National Park Week is an annual Presidentially proclaimed week for celebration and recognition of your National Parks. National Park Week usually coincides with Earth Day (April 22). For 2013, National Park Week will be observed from Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 28.
Earth Day began when a U.S. Senator from Wisconsin, Gaylord Nelson, called for an environmental teach-in in 1969, which was inspired by the teach-ins dealing with the Vietnam War. The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970, and drew an estimated 20 million participants. Tens of thousands of people filled New York's Fifth Avenue, Congress adjourned so members could speak across the nation, and at least 2,000 colleges marked the occasion. American Heritage Magazine called the first Earth Day "one of the most remarkable happenings in the history of democracy." Today, Earth Day is celebrated in 174 countries by over a half billion people, making it the most celebrated secular holiday in the world, a day on which people get outdoors, plant trees, clean up trash and lobby for the environment.
Your National Parks are living examples of the best this nation has to offer-our magnificent natural landscapes and our varied yet interrelated heritage. Parks can provide recreational experiences, opportunities to learn and grow, and places of quiet refuge.
This year, take a moment, an hour, a day to visit the national parks near you.
As part of our National Volunteer Week, Earth Day, and National Park Week celebration, Point Reyes National Seashore will host or participate in a variety of activities throughout the week prior to and after Earth Day to promote sustainability, to raise environmental awareness, and to discuss actions we can take to help reduce our environmental footprint. The weeks' activities include:
Third Thursday Weeders Volunteering
Brown Bag Lecture: "Disrupting the flow: Effects of stream fragmentation on juvenile steelhead ecology."
On Shaky Ground
Artist's Reception: Thomas Wood Paints the Marin Landscape
Journey of the Whales
Contact: Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center, 415-669-1534, email
Science on a Sphere
Kule Loklo Walk
Electronic Waste (e-waste) Recycling Collection
Please note the following items will be accepted:
The following items will NOT be accepted:
All e-waste will be taken to Renew Computers in San Rafael, California, for recycling. For more information about e-waste recycling at Point Reyes National Seashore contact Dale Dualan at 415-464-5286.
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Did You Know?
In addition to raising sea levels and temperatures, the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is changing ocean chemistry by reducing the pH of the ocean. This decreased pH reduces the availability of minerals which marine organisms use to build shells and reef structures. More...