CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Inner Tomales Bay
The Cal. Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops from inner Tomales Bay. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have been detected in mussels from this area. More »
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 »
Although most visitors consider Point Reyes National Seashore to be primarily a park at which to enjoy the outdoors, there are three Visitor Centers in which one can find shelter and learn more about Point Reyes during inclement weather. In the Visitor Centers, one will find informative exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the Point Reyes area. Please see our Visitor Centers page to learn more about the Bear Valley, Kenneth C. Patrick and Lighthouse Visitor Centers. Or visitors with an appointment are welcome to check out the artwork that is on display in the Red Barn Classroom.
Visitors may also request and view a number of audio-visual programs at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
Bear Valley Visitor Center Auditorium
Audio-visual programs are shown on request. Inquire at the desk about additional offerings.
Science On a Sphere
Attend a presentation of the park's Science On a Sphere® (SOS) at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. SOS presentations are offered by rangers at 1:30 pm on weekends throughout the year. In 2013, SOS presentations will also be offered at 1:30 pm on weekdays from June 3 through August 30. Daily SOS presentations may also be offered during winter and spring breaks. We also have a variety of SOS films which can be viewed at other times of the day.
Science On a Sphere® is a room sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display planetary data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. Researchers at NOAA developed SOS® as an educational tool to help illustrate Earth System science to people of all ages. Animated images of atmospheric storms, climate change, and ocean temperature can be shown on the sphere, which is used to explain complex environmental processes in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating.
Red Barn Art Exhibitions
In 2003, Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) established the art gallery in the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore. Rotating painting, photography, and educational exhibits several times a year, themes of the selected shows reflect the natural or cultural aspects of the Seashore and surrounding area. PRNSA sponsors the Art Exhibitions and handles all art show sales, a portion of which supports the Point Reyes National Seashore Museum and Archives Research Services. For art sales, contact PRNSA Gallery Manager: Annalisa Price at 415-663-1200 x309 or by email, or PRNSA Business Manager 415-663-1200 x302 or by email. If you are interested in exhibiting your art work in the Red Barn, download and submit the Red Barn Art Gallery Guidelines for Artists and Application for Exhibit (116 KB PDF).
The Red Barn art gallery is open by appointment only, daily, 9 am to 4 pm; closed holidays and as otherwise noted. Please contact Carola DeRooy at 415-464-5218 or by email or Annalisa Price at 415-663-1200 x309 or by email to schedule an appointment or for more information. For most exhibitions, there is also an accompanying artist reception, which is open to everyone.
To get to the Red Barn Classroom, follow the directions to Point Reyes National Seashore. As you proceed up the driveway toward the Bear Valley Visitor Center, turn left at the sign for the Red Barn Classroom.
"M.B. Boissevain, Marin's First Farm Advisor - Historical Photographs of Marin's Agrarian Roots: 1920–1950"
The historical photographs of M.B. Boissevain will be on exhibit in West Marin starting October 1 through December 18. These magnificent images provide a unique opportunity to embrace Marin's agrarian roots and present bounty, as well as take an intimate look at what life was like for Marin ranchers and farmers during the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. The photos will be exhibited in shared display at the Point Reyes National Seashore Red Barn Classroom in Bear Valley and the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History in Inverness. The public was invited to attend receptions at both locations on November 17 from 1 pm to 4 pm. Other than on the reception date, the Red Barn gallery is open by appointment only. Please call 415-464-5125 on weekdays and 415-663-1200 x 309 on weekends to schedule a viewing. The Jack Mason Museum is open Mondays 3 am–6 pm and 7 pm–9 pm, Tuesdays 10 am–1 pm and 2 pm–6 pm, Wednesday 10 am–1 pm and 2 pm–6 pm, Fridays 3 pm–6 pm, and Saturdays 10 am–1 pm. These are the same hours as for the Inverness Library. Both the Jack Mason Museum and the Inverness Library are located in The Gables, an historic house on Inverness Way.
M.B. Boissevain began as the first University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor in 1920. During this period, UC Berkeley, California's first land-grant university, was sending agricultural agents out to agricultural communities up and down the state to spread practical information and new methods about farming. M.B. Boissevain was the first farm advisor in Marin County and served as agronomist and community leader for 30 years, from 1920 to 1950.
Boissevain was also a talented and prolific photographer, and his 4 x 5-inch negatives capture a rarely seen view of the people and the land during the early part of the 20th century. The 74-image collection chronicles the predecessors of Marin’s current farm families standing in their fields and with their livestock, implementing farm production and health innovations during this “progressive era” of agriculture, participating in youth education and development, and managing many of the same farms and landscapes that are part of Marin’s working landscapes today.
A companion book of the images is available for purchase through the Point Reyes National Seashore Association at the Bear Valley Visitor Center’s bookstore and at the Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History, as well as online and at Book Passage, Point Reyes Books, Toby’s, and the Tomales Regional History Center.
On behalf of the project partners, including Point Reyes National Seashore, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, Jack Mason Museum of West Marin History, Tomales Regional History Center, and Novato History Museum, we look forward to seeing you on October 6 and also hope you find time to see the exhibit this Fall.
"Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary a National Treasure, a Local Jewel"
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.
Earlier Red Barn Art Exhibitions have included:
Did You Know?
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