Join the National Park Service as we welcome new citizens during a naturalization ceremony at Point Reyes National Seashore. This is one of many naturalization ceremonies taking place in national parks during Citizenship Week this year under a partnership between the National Park Service and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).
Details about the time and date of the 2024 ceremony have yet to be determined, but past ceremonies have more frequently than not been held at the Bear Valley Picnic Area on Constitution Day, September 17.
For directions and a map to help you get to the Bear Valley Picnic Area, visit our Directions page.
To help reduce traffic congestion in the paved parking lot adjacent to the Bear Valley Visitor Center, please park your vehicle(s) in the gravel, picnic area parking lot on the left (east) side of the access road close to the Bear Valley Trailhead. Download the Bear Valley Area Map (427 KB PDF), which shows the location of the picnic area parking lot relative to picnic area and the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
In 2010, the National Park Service and USCIS renewed a formal partnership to enhance citizenship ceremonies by holding them in national parks throughout the country. The agreement helps introduce new citizens to some of the nation's most significant natural resources and cultural heritage sites. These historic and picturesque sites provide an ideal backdrop for citizenship ceremonies, where new citizens can learn about and reflect on American identity and the responsibilities of citizenship.
On Wednesday, September 13, 2023, 40 individuals from Albania, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, India, Ireland, Mexico, Peru, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom became citizens of the United States during the naturalization ceremony at Point Reyes.
Last updated: October 28, 2023