Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project: 10-Year Anniversary Celebration

Aerial photo of recently restored wetlands. A narrow bay stretches off in the distance. A wooded ridge borders the wetlands and bay on the left. A small town is located in the lower right.

Tenth Anniversary Celebration of the
Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project

Saturday, October 27, 2018

The public was invited to join us for a day of hikes, kayaking, and presentations highlighting the evolution of the restored wetlands, and, of course, for general celebration!


Morning Events

Those who wanted to see the restoration up close and personal were invited to participate in one of two morning events.

  • Birds of the Giacomini Wetlands with Jules Evens and Mary Anne Flett
    9 am–11 am
  • Hydrology of the Restored Wetlands with Greg Kamman and Blue Waters Kayaking
    9:30 am–12:30 pm

Afternoon Presentations and Celebration

Those who wanted to learn about how the wetlands have evolved in the years since the final levee was breached ten years ago were invited to join us from 1:30 to 5:30 pm for a rich afternoon of short talks on the changes in shorebirds, water birds, fish, frogs, water quality, plant communities, and eelgrass, followed by a celebration of Restoration Rewarded. The agenda may be found below.

Share Your Memories

This project means a great deal to the partners who made it happen. What does this project mean to you? We would love to hear your stories about what the restoration project means to you. A few paragraphs, a few sentences—all your submissions are welcome. Please email your stories to Lorraine Parsons.


NBC's OpenRoad Comes to Marin and Giacomini
The Giacomini Wetland Restoration Project was featured in August and September 2018 on the Open Road with Doug McConnell TV show! The episode was all about the tremendous conservation legacy of Marin County, including our beloved wetlands!


Anniversary Celebration at the Red Barn from 1:30 to 5:30 pm


Time Topic Presenter(s)
1:30–1:55 pm Welcome
1:55–2:00 pm Overview of Giacomini Long-Term Monitoring Program Lorraine Parsons (NPS)
2:00–2:15 pm From Pasture to Tidal Marsh: Vegetation Community Response to Restoration Cody Ender (PRNSA)
2:30–2:45 pm Changes in Tidal Marsh Fish Communities with Restoration Michael Reichmuth (NPS Inventory & Monitoring Program)
2:45–3:00 pm California Red-Legged Frogs: Build It, and They Will Come Patrick Kleeman (USGS Western Ecological Research Center)
3:00–3:15 pm BREAK
3:15–3:30 pm Avian Responses to Restoration of Tidal Influence and Changing Land–Use Practices: 2008-2018 Jules Evens and Mary Anne Flett (Avocet Research Associates)
3:30–3:45 pm Giacomini Restoration Stimulates Winter Shorebird Populations in Southern Tomales Bay Scott Jennings (Audubon Canyon Ranch)
3:45–4:00 pm Tracing Carbon through Tomales Bay: A Seagrass and Salt Marsh Story Melissa Ward (University of California, Davis)
4:00–4:15 pm Wetland Connections: Engaging Youth in Science to Inspire Future Stewards Leslie Adler-Ivanbrook (PRNSA) and Ben Becker, (NPS)
4:15–5:30 pm Closing remarks and Reception at Red Barn

Top of Page

Last updated: October 28, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(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.

Contact Us