Point Reyes National Seashore hosted a variety of a volunteer projects in recognition of National Public Lands Day on September 25, 2010. Projects were held both Saturday, September 25 (California Coastal Cleanup Day) and Sunday, September 26 (Habitat Restoration Workday). Additionally, we offered the opportunity to experience Tule Elk during the rut (mating reason) with our volunteer Tule Elk Docents on both Saturday and Sunday, September 25 and 26, 2010.
National Public Lands Day on the fourth Saturday of September is an annual event designed to encourage people to get outside and visit places such as Point Reyes National Seashore. National Public Lands Day is also a national volunteer effort to encourage folks to give back to the very lands we use to hike, bike, swim, explore, picnic, or just relax. It is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve and enhance the public lands!
National Public Lands Day began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. In 2008, 120,000 volunteers worked in over 1,800 locations and in every state. Now, eight federal agencies and many state and local lands participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.
Below is a listing of events that were held at Point Reyes National Seashore on or in conjunction with the 2010 National Public Lands Day. All events are co-hosted by Point Reyes National Seashore Association.
Event: California Coastal Cleanup Day
California Coastal Cleanup Day is the premier volunteer event focused on the marine environment in the country. On this day, 50,000 volunteers turn out to over 700 cleanup sites statewide to conduct what has been hailed by the Guinness Book of World Records as "the largest garbage collection" (1993). Since the program started in 1985, over 750,000 Californians have removed more than 12 million pounds of debris from our state's shorelines and coast. When combined with the International Coastal Cleanup, organized by The Ocean Conservancy and taking place on the same day, California Coastal Cleanup Day becomes part of one of the largest volunteer events of the year. This is an annual effort in California, when citizens come out to help collect data and clean up our beaches. Meet in front of the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach at 10 a.m. to pick up supplies. Visit our California Coastal Cleanup Day page for more details.
Contact:Kim Hawkins at 415-464-5130 or by email.
Event: Experience Tule Elk
Every summer, visitors have the opportunity to see the tule elk during the rut (mating season) weekends and holidays July through September, weather permitting. Docents are stationed at the Tomales Point Trailhead from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and at Windy Gap (1 mile north along the Tomales Point Trail) from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Visitors can interact with volunteer docents who will have binoculars and spotting scopes to allow visitors to observe elk rut behaviors. Feel free to ask the docents questions about tule elk.
Contact: Doug Hee 415-464-5145 or by email.
Event: Habitat Restoration Workday
Volunteers helped protect and restore endangered plant and wildlife habitat at Abbott's Lagoon, the Lighthouse Bluffs and other high value habitat areas at Point Reyes National Seashore. They visited some of the most beautiful areas in the park and helped eradicate invasive plant species encroaching upon rare, native habitat. They learned about invasive plant ecology and the flora and fauna of Point Reyes National Seashore, while working up a sweat manually removing the nonnative European beachgrass, iceplant and other invasive species. They had the opportunity to get involved and meet new people. Gloves and tools were provided.
Contact: Ellen Hamingson 415-464-5196 or by email.
Last updated: February 28, 2015