Yoga and Dune Restoration at Point Reyes

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11/10/2018 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM
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Two volunteers removing invasive European searocket at Abbotts Lagoon.

Yoga and Dune Restoration at Point Reyes
Saturday, November 10, 2018
9:30 am–2:30 pm

Come spend a day at the beautiful and scenic Abbotts Lagoon in Point Reyes, where many of the dune plants are in bloom. Help the dune restoration team remove European searocket, an invasive plant that is threatening a thriving patch of Tidestrom's lupine (a federally endangered species). Afterwards, have lunch watching the crashing waves and spend about 30–45 minutes doing yoga on the beach with a certified yoga instructor. Come prepared to work hard, have fun and feel really good by the end of the day! Bring your own packed lunch and lots of water! Work gloves and tools will be provided. To sign up, please contact Michael Spaeth by email. For more details on the day see below.

Our park recently restored a large swath of coastline near the beautiful Abbotts Lagoon and removed a huge population of invasive European beachgrass. After the extensive restoration process, we were amazed to discover a federally endangered plant called Tidestrom's lupine had quickly colonized the newly restored area, becoming one of the largest populations in the park. However, some wet winters have opened the door to new invasives such as European searocket and New Zealand spinach. These plants are growing at such a rate that they are threatening the long-term viability of the lupine, as well as other species that depend on native dunes such as western snowy plover and Myrtle's silverspot butterfly. If we are going to keep these new invaders out, we need your help!

Diana May Oppenheim will be leading the yoga flow at the end of each work day. Diana is an in-it-for-life yogi as well as an outdoor enthusiast. She believes that yoga, like nature, can be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age, race, gender and even capability. You'll find a well-thought out sequence that focuses on breath, mindfulness, self-inquiry and meets each person where they are at. All levels are welcome.

Worksite and Meet Times:
The workday will be held in a very sensitive area that is off the beaten path and generally not traveled by tourists, so it's going to be quite the day! It is about a 20 to 30 minute walk on sand dunes to get to the worksite.

Meet at the "Antenna Farm" Wayside at 9:30 am. (Map) Feel free to park here and we will ferry you the rest of the way to the work site in a four-wheel-drive vehicle. We will be out in the dunes until 2:30 pm.

Recommended Gear:
Please wear sturdy shoes, long pants, and bring a water bottle and a sack lunch. It is recommended that volunteers bring plenty of water (around 2 liters for the day). There are no restrooms at the site and the nearest restrooms are at the North Beach parking lot, so please keep that in mind. The park will provide all the tools and gloves necessary.

If you would like to volunteer to restore native habitat by removing invasive plants from Point Reyes, but can't participate on any of these workdays, check out these other opportunities:

"Antenna Farm" Wayside | Map

9:30 AM to 2:30 PM

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Contact Name:
Michael Spaeth

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


(415) 464-5100
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