Muir Woods Visitor Center,
Time: 6:45 AM to 11:15 AM
Fee Information: Free
You are cordially invited to attend a sunrise guided tour through Muir Woods National Monument. While the early hour may seem uncivilized, if not down-right obscene, sunrise is a particularly beautiful time to visit an old-growth redwood forest. Participants will be introduced to the local plant and animal residents (more likely seen in early morning), all of whom have been invited to stop by and meet you. Note that many of the animal residents are distracted by family or personal concerns and the event often slips their mind. Not to mention that some are not very social, others are rather afraid of visitors, and still others are too caught up in the rat race of making a living to stop by and greet you. The resident plants, on the other hand, are more staid. They are quite happy to stand around while visitors admire their majesty and beauty. During the tour, we will explore the ways in which the residents make a living, how they form a unique community, and the similarities and differences with the ways residents in your own community make a living. Participants will also be invited to explore the evolutionary history of Muir Woods and how the community managed to survive the threats posed by an invasive species, namely us.
This three-mile stroll through Muir Woods (mostly flat, with a relatively steep section) is designed to engage adults and may be over the head of younger teens. Dress warmly, ideally in layers. Wear sturdy shoes. Shivering in the early morning cold is not the way to enjoy the tour. Bring a water bottle and optionally a thermos of your favorite hot drink and pastry to enjoy at Camp Eastwood. Heavy rain cancels. Reservations required: (415)-388-2596.