Point Reyes Headlands Winter Shuttle Bus System
On weekends & holidays, Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is closed beyond the South Beach Road junction from 9 am to 5:30 pm during favorable weather conditions. Bus service to the Lighthouse & Chimney Rock is provided from Drakes Beach. More »
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 »
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 »
National Public Lands Day
Point Reyes National Seashore annually hosts a variety of a volunteer projects in recognition of National Public Lands Day, which in 2013 will occur on September 28. Visit our National Public Lands Day 2013 page to find our what events Point Reyes National Seashore will be offering this year.
National Public Lands Day is an annual event held on a Saturday in late September. It is designed to encourage people to get outside and visit places such as Point Reyes National Seashore. National Public Lands Day is also a national volunteer effort to encourage folks to give back to the very lands we use to hike, bike, swim, explore, picnic, or just relax. It is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands!
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. In 2012, about 175,000 volunteers worked at 2,206 sites in every state, the District of Columbia, and in many U.S. territories. 2012 was the biggest National Public Lands Day in the history of the event. 2013 will be the 20th Anniversary of National Public Lands Day. Now, eight federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.
Past volunteer projects have included Adopt-a-Trail, Giacomini Wetland Restoration Workday, Habitat Restoration Workday, and a Beach Cleanup. All events are co-hosted by Point Reyes National Seashore Association. Additionally, we have offered the opportunity to experience Tule Elk during the rut (mating reason) with our volunteer Tule Elk Docents. To find out what events were held at Point Reyes National Seashore in previous years, click on the appropriate year:
Did You Know?
Climate scientists warn that the safe upper limit for atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations is 350 parts per million (ppm). For most of human history, atmospheric CO2 rarely exceeded 275 ppm--until the industrial revolution. As of 2013, atmospheric CO2 was ~400 ppm–-and rising 2 ppm/year. More...