Natural World

Natural World

Thursday, May 5, 2016 -
8:00am to 2:00pm
Wimpfheimer

Located on the north side of Mount Diablo, Mitchell Canyon is the home of a rich variety of birds. On this three- to four-mile hike, we will focus on identification by plumage, behavior, song, and call. Besides birds, these areas can display resplendent wildflowers...

Saturday, May 7, 2016 -
8:00am to 3:30pm
Wimpfheimer

Many species of water birds spend the breeding season in Point Reyes National Seashore. While most of the shorebirds migrate north to breed, a fascinating variety of herons, cormorants, murres, and guillemots remain here to breed. During this class we will explore...

Sunday, May 8, 2016 -
8:30am to 3:30pm
Wimpfheimer

In visits to Olema Marsh, Five Brooks, Bear Valley, the Giacomini wetlands, and other sites, this class focuses on observing and identifying a variety of land birds including flycatchers, warblers, grosbeaks, woodpeckers, thrushes, and finches. Identification using...

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 8:00am to Tuesday, May 24, 2016 - 3:00pm
Wimpfheimer

Located at the southern edge of the Sierra Nevada, the Kern Valley is a unique place where several major California ecological regions merge: Great Basin Desert, Mojave Desert, Chaparral, Sierran Forest, and Great Valley Grassland, including the largest remaining...

Sunday, May 22, 2016 -
8:30am to 2:30pm
Bergen

Learn the skills to understand the constant bird conversation going on in the wilds of Point Reyes. This class explores basic core routines of bird language and the “shapes of alarm” generated by each animal. Practice diminishing your ring of disturbance and expanding...

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 7:00pm to Monday, May 30, 2016 - 2:00pm
Egert Elan

Immerse yourself in the gorgeous spring bloom of Point Reyes through the eyes of a botanist. Learn the basics of wild plant identification and their uses as food and medicine. Join this fun-filled weekend, deepen your connection to nature, begin to build an herbal...

Saturday, June 4, 2016 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Karachewski

Participants will view fault-related landforms and discuss plate tectonics, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and natural hazards in the Bay Area. We will explore and take short hikes at Stinson Beach, near Five Brooks in the Olema Valley, along the Earthquake Trail...

Sunday, June 12, 2016 -
8:30am to 2:30pm
Bergen

Learn the skills to understand the constant bird conversation going on in the wilds of Point Reyes. This class explores basic core routines of bird language and the “shapes of alarm” generated by each animal. Practice diminishing your ring of disturbance and expanding...

Saturday, July 2, 2016 -
8:30am to 2:30pm
Bergen

Learn the skills to understand the constant bird conversation going on in the wilds of Point Reyes. This class explores basic core routines of bird language and the “shapes of alarm” generated by each animal. Practice diminishing your ring of disturbance and expanding...

Sunday, July 3, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Egert Elan

Immerse yourself in the gorgeous plant life of Point Reyes and see the intricate beauty through the eyes of a botanist. Learn the basics of identifying wild plants, including flower anatomy, terminology, plant family characteristics, online botanical resources, and...

Monday, July 4, 2016 -
5:30am to 9:30am
Dreskin

For a brief time during minus tides, the hidden mysteries of the reef are revealed. Join us for an exploration of the intertidal zone as we discover giant green anemones, ochre stars, purple sea urchins, and various species of crabs. Be prepared for a long walk, some...

Sunday, July 10, 2016 -
8:30am to 3:30pm
Hug

Learn the life histories of common murres, pigeon guillemots, pelagic cormorants, and more. We will start the day in the classroom, getting to know what to expect in the field. Then we will travel to the Outer Point, exploring Drakes Beach and Chimney Rock. Bring...

Friday, July 15, 2016 - 8:30am to Monday, July 18, 2016 - 2:00pm
Wimpfheimer

We'll start this weekend by kayaking Mono Lake’s southern shore. The basin contains an incredible geologic and botanical diversity, including Lundy Canyon's wildflower display set amongst waterfalls in a spectacular glacial canyon. The rest of the adventure features...

Sunday, July 17, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Egert Elan

Join Ethnobotanist Jolie Elan for a fun filled adventure and explore the fantastic flora of Point Reyes. We will learn to identify local plants and their culinary and medicinal uses. Immerse yourself in the myths, medicine and magic of the wild plants of Point Reyes....

Saturday, August 6, 2016 -
9:00am to 12:00pm
Harrison

Join master mapmaker Tom Harrison and learn about the different kinds of maps that have been used to describe the trails, facilities, and ownership boundaries of the Point Reyes National Seashore. We will talk about the research and field mapping methods used to make...

Sunday, August 7, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Egert Elan

Immerse yourself in the gorgeous plant life of Point Reyes and see the intricate beauty through the eyes of a botanist. Learn the basics of identifying wild plants, including flower anatomy, terminology, plant family characteristics, online botanical resources, and...

Saturday, August 20, 2016 -
9:00am to 5:00pm
Karachewski

Participants will view fault-related landforms and discuss plate tectonics, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, and natural hazards in the Bay Area. We will explore and take short hikes at Stinson Beach, near Five Brooks in the Olema Valley, along the Earthquake Trail...

Sunday, August 21, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Egert Elan

Join us for a day steeped in the botanical riches of Point Reyes and become skilled at recognizing the major plant families in California. This class is for advanced beginners and intermediate botanists. Students should know the basics of flower anatomy and how plants...