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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

National Park Week & National Volunteer Week 2014

National Volunteer Week honors the individuals who dedicate themselves to taking action and solving problems in their communities. For 2014, National Volunteer Week was observed from Sunday, April 6 through Saturday, April 12.

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 2014, National Park Week was observed from Saturday, April 19 through Sunday, April 27.

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 Earth Day and National Park Week celebration, Point Reyes National Seashore hosted or participated 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:

 
Ranger-led tour on the Earthquake Trail

On Shaky Ground
Date: Saturday, April 19 & 26
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Earthquake Trailhead at Bear Valley
Description: 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. Program lasts 1 to 1.5 hours.
Contact: Bear Valley Visitor Center, 415-464-5100 x2 x5, email

 
Photo of juvenile rockfish, strawberry anemones, sponges, and hydroids in the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary. NOAA.

Photography exhibition: Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary a National Treasure, a Local Jewel
Date: Daily
Location: Red Barn Classroom
Description: Cordell Bank is an offshore underwater oasis that thrives with ocean species above and below the surface. Its biological wealth earned federal protection as a National Marine Sanctuary in 1989. Since it's so difficult to visit, come visit it in this photo exhibit, where we bring it to you. Photographs of some of Cordell Bank's marine organisms are on display in the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore from January 8 through June 3, 2014. The Red Barn art gallery is open by appointment only. Visit the Red Barn Art Exhibitions section of our Indoor Activities page for more information.

 
Gray Whale

Journey of the Whales
Date: Saturday, April 19; Sunday, April 20; Saturday April 26; & Sunday, April 27
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center
Description: Join a Ranger to learn about gray whales as they migrate past Point Reyes. Learn about their habits and adaptations, and hope for a whale sighting from the Observation Deck. Program lasts 30 minutes. This program is given out-of-doors. Come prepared for windy, cold and damp weather.
Contact: Point Reyes Lighthouse Visitor Center, 415-669-1534, email

 
Science on a Sphere

Science on a Sphere
Date: Saturday, April 19; Sunday, April 20; Saturday, April 26; & Sunday, April 27
Time: 1:30 pm
Location: Bear Valley Visitor Center Auditorium
Description: Join a National Park Service ranger in the Visitor Center's auditorium to get a perspective of planet Earth that once was available only to astronauts. Science on a Sphere® gives a view of the Earth and the forces that shape life on our planet. We use the Science on a Sphere® to illustrate various models from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and other scientists, such as atmospheric warming, ocean acidification, sea level rise, and other potential effects of climate change.
Contact: Bear Valley Visitor Center, 415-464-5100 x2 x5, email

 
Kule Loklo

Kule Loklo Walk
Date: Sunday, April 20 & 27
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Bear Valley Visitor Center
Description: Join a ranger for this 1 to 1.5 hour tour of Kule Loklo, a replica Coast Miwok village. This leisurely 1.3 kilometer (0.8 mile) tour introduces visitors to the Coast Miwok Culture. Program lasts 1 to 1.5 hours.
Contact: Bear Valley Visitor Center, 415-464-5100 x2 x5, email

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Truck collecting e-waste at Bear Valley Visitor Center on November 15, 2012.

Electronic Waste (e-waste) Recycling Collection
Date: Tuesday, April 22, 2013
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Location: Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot
Description: On April 22, at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, from 10 am to 2 pm, Point Reyes National Seashore hosted an electronic waste (e-waste) recycling collection, joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling and other events across the country to celebrate Earth Day, the only nationally and globally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating planet Earth and the protection of its resources.

Please note the following items were accepted:

  • All computers and related accessories and peripherals
  • Televisions/CRT Monitors
  • Audio/video equipment
  • Small printers, scanners, and faxes
  • Wires, cables, and power cords
  • Printer toner and inkjet cartridges
  • Cell phones, PDAs, and telephones
  • Small kitchen appliances
  • VHS, cassette, 8-Track tapes

The following items were NOT accepted:

  • Dry cell batteries (AA, AAA, D, etc.)
  • Light bulbs of any kind
  • Large household appliances such as refrigerators and stoves
  • Furniture
  • Commercial copy machines
  • NO HAZARDOUS WASTE

All e-waste was 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?

Spotted towhee. Dave Menke / FWS.

Point Reyes has some of the greatest avian diversity of any U.S. national park, with more than 490 species of birds recorded (45% of species of birds in North America). More...