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

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • Bear Valley Visitor Center Lighting Retrofit:

    Due to safety concerns during the installation of new LED lights, sections of the Bear Valley Visitor Center's exhibit area may be closed through the end of July. More »

  • The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed on Saturday, July 16.

    We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed on Saturday, July 16. It will open at 10 am on Sunday, July 17.

Annual Naturalization Ceremony

Logos for the National Park Service and the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (left) and a picture of citizenship candidates taking an oath during the 2011 Naturalization Ceremony at Point Reyes National Seashore.
 

Join the National Park Service as we welcome new citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Point Reyes National Seashore. This is one of many naturalization ceremonies taking place in national parks this year under a partnership between the National Park Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Details about the time and date of the 2015 ceremony have yet to be determined. In 2014, the ceremony took place at 11 am on Friday, July 11, at the Bear Valley Picnic Area at Point Reyes National Seashore. Parking is available adjacent to the picnic area.

The National Park Service and USCIS recently renewed a formal partnership to enhance citizenship ceremonies by holding them in national parks throughout the country. The agreement helps introduce new citizens to some of the nation's most significant natural resources and cultural heritage sites. These historic and picturesque sites provide an ideal backdrop for citizenship ceremonies, where new citizens can learn about and reflect on American identity and the responsibilities of citizenship.

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Tule Elk

In the mid-1800s, the tule elk was hunted to the brink of extinction. The last surviving tule elk were discovered and protected in the southern San Joaquin Valley in 1874. In 1978, ten tule elk were reintroduced to Point Reyes, which now has one of California's largest populations, numbering ~500. More...