Ranger-Led Education Programs

Bear Valley Visitor Center

Kule Loklo education programs will not be offered for the 2019–2020 school year due to deteriorating conditions at the replica village.

In 2019, the park submitted a request to fund the restoration of Kule Loklo. At this time, funding has not been approved. The park will be working with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and other park partners to determine what a restored village and education programming will look like in the future.

Visitors and schools groups are still able to access and explore Kule Loklo on their own. Please use caution while visiting the village as the structures are fragile.

In addition, teachers may contact us in advance of their trip to see if we can schedule a ranger to talk to the class at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Teachers may also request a showing of the 20-minute Kule Loklo video in the Bear Valley auditorium.


Grades K-3 - Wild about Wildlife
Self-guided Only

Using a self-guided trail booklet, students discover the diversity of wildlife within Point Reyes National Seashore. Kindergarteners, first and second graders focus on the interrelationship of animals and their habitats, while third graders learn about ecosystems, and adaptations. Takes place at Bear Valley. Bus accessible.

See corresponding:
State of California Kindergarten Standards
State of California First Grade Standards
State of California Second Grade Standards
State of California Third Grade Standards

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Kule Loklo

Grades 3-4 - Kule Loklo
Self-guided Only
Students learn about the traditions and land-use ethics of the Coast Miwok people as they tour a recreated village at Bear Valley. Bus accessible.

See corresponding:
State of California Third Grade Standards
State of California Fourth Grade Standards

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Grade 4 - Point Reyes Lighthouse

Self-guided only on Mondays and Fridays.

See corresponding:
State of California Fourth Grade Standards

Humpback Whale Spouting

Grades 6-8 - Whale Watching

Self-guided only Mondays and Fridays. Gray whales migrate along the California coast on their journey from Alaska to Baja, and are seen from the Point Reyes Lighthouse in January as they swim south, and March and April on their return trip. They make this journey to give birth to their calves in the warm waters of the Mexican lagoons.

Observing Pacific Gray Whales Curriculum Guide 170 pages (840 KB PDF)

Elephant Seal Colony

Grades 6-8 - Elephant Seal Watching
Self-guided only. Seals are visible January and February from the Elephant Seal Overlook a short walk from the Chimney Rock parking lot. NOT BUS ACCESSIBLE - MUST CAR POOL.

Discovering Northern Elephant Seals Curriculum Guide 158 pages (1.7 MB PDF)


Last updated: April 24, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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