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 »
2014 Winter Shuttle Bus Operations Have Ended
March 30, 2014, was the last day for the 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System. Sir Francis Drake Blvd. is open daily from now through late December 2014. 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 »
Red Barn Art Exhibitions - 2011
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.
The Red Barn Art Exhibitions of 2011 included:
Visit the Red Barn Art Exhibitions section of our Indoor Activities page to find out what is currently on display. The Red Barn art gallery is open by appointment only, Mondays through Fridays, 9 am to 4 pm; closed holidays and as otherwise noted. Please contact Carola DeRooy at 415-464-5125 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.
Grounded: A California Indian Life
Artist Kathleen Rose Smith's artwork depicting California Indian life was on display in the Red Barn Classroom weekdays from Monday, October 10, 2011, through Friday, January 6, 2012.
In conjunction with this art exhibition were two events held at the Red Barn Classroom.
"Limantour Estero Paintings"
Artist Leslie Allen's oil paintings of Limantour Estero were on display in the Red Barn Classroom weekdays from Monday, July 8, 2011, through Friday, September 30, 2011. There was also an artist's reception at the Red Barn Classroom on Sunday, July 31, 2011.
Mill Valley painter Leslie Allen's large-format oil paintings feature views from and within Limantour Estero, just south of Drakes Estero, on Point Reyes. They are recollections of one blissfully warm and windless, very low-tide afternoon in September. They are also faithful and lovingly rendered, authentic representations of the particular ecology and natural history of this extraordinary place.
"My goal is to distill that sense of spacious calm, to declare my reverence for this interface between the ocean and the earth. I have observed that in seeking the subtle patterns in nature, they become apparent only with prolonged looking, which gradually becomes deeper seeing."
"In and Around the Point Reyes National Seashore"
Artist Carol Branan's oil paintings of scenes in the Point Reyes area were on display in the Red Barn Classroom weekdays from Monday, April 11, 2011, through Thursday, June 30, 2011. There was also an artist's reception at the Red Barn Classroom on Sunday, April 10, 2011.
"A Celebration of Art and the Community"
Artwork from Volume III of the West Marin Review was on display in the Red Barn Classroom weekdays from Monday, January 10, 2011, through Thursday, March 31, 2011. There was also a Book Release Party at the Red Barn Classroom on Sunday, January 23, 2011.
Did You Know?
The Point Reyes Lighthouse was completed in 1870, 16 years after Congress initially appropriated funds for its construction. It still stands in its original location, having weathered over 140 years at what is considered to be the windiest, foggiest location on the US west coast. More...