Ranger-Led Education Programs

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Visitors entering and exiting a gray barn-like visitor center surrounded by green pasture and trees.

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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Part of a redwood kotca with a basket (left), a shade structure (center), and a second redwood kotca (right) at 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

 
Four white-sided, red-roofed light station buildings sit on the edge of an ocean-side bluff.

Grade 4 - Point Reyes Lighthouse

Self-guided only on Mondays and Fridays.

See corresponding:
State of California Fourth Grade Standards

 
 
A gray whale and her calf come to the surface of the ocean and exhale.

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.

 
Several young elephant seals on a beach, with one of the seals looking directly at the camera.

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.

 

Last updated: September 16, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

Phone:

415-464-5100
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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