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Multiple Days: 08/22/2016, 08/23/2016, 08/24/2016, 08/25/2016, 08/30/2016, 08/31/2016, 09/01/2016 1:30 PM
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Ranger-led tour on the Earthquake Trail.

Summer Daily Ranger Program

Most weekdays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day.
1:30 pm

Come join a Park Ranger to learn more about Point Reyes National Seashore's natural and cultural history. Topics may cover earthquakes and plate tectonics, the Coast Miwok, Sir Francis Drake, the U.S. Lifesaving Service, or area flora and fauna. Some presentations may use the park's Science On a Sphere® (SOS) to help explain complex environmental processes in a way that is simultaneously intuitive and captivating. Stop by or call the Bear Valley Visitor Center at 415-464-5100 x2 x5 for information about today's program. Some programs may require up to a 1.6 kilometer (one mile) walk on easy to moderate trails. Meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

Currently planned* ranger-led programs:

Sunday, August 21 "Ecosystems and Us: Raptor Connections" nature walk
Monday, August 22 "Motions in the Ocean" SOS program
Tuesday, August 23 "Ecosystems and Us: Raptor Connections" nature walk
Wednesday, August 24 "Bats of Point Reyes" slide show"
Thursday, August 25 "Find Your Park: A Brief History of Your National Parks" slide show
Friday, August 26 No program
Saturday, August 27 "Deciphering the Green Blur" nature walk
Sunday, August 28 "Deciphering the Green Blur" nature walk
Monday, August 29 No program
Tuesday, August 30 "Ecosystems and Us: Raptor Connections" nature walk
Wednesday, August 31 "Motions in the Ocean" SOS program
Thursday, September 1 Science on a Sphere program
Friday, September 2 No program
Saturday, September 3 "Ecosystems and Us: Raptor Connections" nature walk

Program descriptions:

"Bats of Point Reyes" slide show
Human perceptions about bats have varied throughout history. Are they evil or good? Are they vampires? There are a lot of myths about bats. Dispel some of your misconceptions by learning about these amazing nocturnal animals. Join a Ranger in the auditorium for a one-hour long PowerPoint presentation.

"Birding Bear Valley" nature walk
Curious about birds and birding? Join this one-hour ranger-led bird walk for beginners and all others as we look for resident birds and migrants as we walk around areas of the Bear Valley Visitor Center, which may include the Earthquake Trail, the Woodpecker Trail, and Kule Loklo. Please bring binoculars if you have them.

"Birds of Prey" nature walk
Join a Ranger to learn about the birds of prey at Point Reyes. Learn about their adaptations and habits, and hope to see a red-shouldered hawk or a white-tailed kite and more. This 1-hour long program begins at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. From there, we will take a 1- kilometer (0.6-mile) long walk along the wheelchair-accessible Earthquake Trail. Feel free to bring binoculars and/or spotting scopes.

"Deciphering the Green Blur" nature walk
Do you ever look out on the forest and just see a big blur of green? Get to know the plants of Point Reyes National Seashore by taking a guided 1 hour walk on some of the trails around the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

"Ecosystems and Us: Raptor Connections" nature walk
Everyday, the ecosystems that surround us provide critical "services" for human survival. Join a ranger on this hour-long walk to explore our connection to some of Point Reyes most conspicuous birds—turkey vultures and red-tailed hawks.

"Find Your Park: A Brief History of Your National Parks" slide show
Learn more about your national parks and the history of the National Park Service. Join a Ranger in the Bear Valley Visitor Center's auditorium for a 45-minute long PowerPoint presentation.

"Icehouse/Greenhouse" SOS program
Scientists have concluded that periods of so-called greenhouse (warmer, wetter) conditions are times of mass extinctions compared to icehouse (cold, dry) conditions. Causes of climate swings vary, and we are living in the time of human-caused change.

"It's a Small World" SOS program
Although the earth is quite an expansive place from our individual perspectives, it can appear to be quite small when we consider the human and natural connections throughout it. Explore these connections with a ranger and gain a new perspective on our planet that can help us take the first step towards global stewardship.

Kule Loklo Walk
This lesiurely 1.3-kilometer (0.8-mile) tour introduces visitors to the Coast Miwok and their history and culture. Meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Lasts 1 to 1.5 hours.

"Mountain Lions" ranger talk
Learn about the largest land predator at Point Reyes.

"Motions in the Oceans" SOS program
The world's oceans absorb vast amounts of carbon and produce a substantial portion of the oxygen that we breathe. Humans have greatly accelerated the amount of carbon going into our oceans, with some alarming consequences.

"On Shaky Ground" nature walk
Dare to tread the San Andreas Fault where the earth's crust shifted and moved 5 meters (16 feet) in 1906! Meet a Park Ranger at the start of the Earthquake Trail for this easy 1-kilometer (0.6-mile) walk. Lasts 1 to 1.5 hours.

Pokemon at Point Reyes!
Join a ranger for something completely different: a journey around Bear Valley exploring a different way to interact with the parks: Pokemon! We'll explore the trails around the Bear Valley Visitor Center and look for gyms and stops. For those of you new to Pokemon and curious about this phenomenon, this will be a great way to start. For those with more experience, this will a novel way to explore the park. Expect the program to last about 1 hour and meet at the flagpole in front of the Bear Valley Visitor Center.

"Tule Elk" ranger talk
Come hear the incredible story of extirpation and return of the tule elk at Point Reyes.

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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.

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