Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve

Two logos side by side: a cartoon of a classical building with the letters UNESCO serving as pillars; a blue, green, white and red rainbow with the letters MAB.

Situated in North-Central California, the Golden Gate Biosphere Reserve represents a highly diverse complex of terrestrial, coastal, and marine environments, including Point Reyes National Seashore. The reserve is complimented by a rich cultural history with lands and waters in Sonoma, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo Counties.

Designated in 1988 by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Man and the Biosphere Programme (MAB), the Golden Gate Biosphere encompasses urban, multi-use managed areas, and wildlands that include marine and aquatic ecosystems as well as terrestrial ecosystems ranging from evergreen forests (including the iconic and endemic Coast Redwood), oak woodlands, chaparral, coastal scrub and prairies, rare serpentine grasslands, as well as coastal and offshore islands.

Through a collaborative approach, the Golden Gate Biosphere protects the natural and cultural resources of the dynamic North-Central California coastal bioregion through conservation, education, research and monitoring, and sustainable development.

Partnerships between Golden Gate Biosphere managers and communities adjacent to and within the reserve greatly enhance the adaptive capacity of the ecological and cultural resources here. This alliance also provides a critical network for the coordination of regional and local stakeholder engagement, sustainable development for local economies, and environmental training for current and future leaders.

Download the Golden Gate Biosphere Fact Sheet (PDF, 3.5MB)

Download the Golden Gate Biosphere Zonation Map (PDF, 6.7MB)

Collaborative Partners

Audubon Canyon Ranch
Bodega Marine Reserve
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Farallon Islands National Wildlife Refuge
Fort Point National Monument
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary
Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve
Marin Municipal Water District
Mount Tamalpais State Park
Muir Woods National Monument
Point Reyes National Seashore
Presidio Trust
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Peninsula Watershed
Tomales Bay State Park

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Last updated: May 4, 2020

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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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