Natural World

Natural World

Sunday, September 4, 2016 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Egert Elan

This fun adventure will weave ecology, ethnobotany, and mythology to discover how we are all interwoven within the web of life on physical, spiritual, and emotional levels. Class will cover basic botany and ecology as well as the wild foods and medicines of Point...

Thursday, September 8, 2016 -
8:30am to 3:30pm
Wimpfheimer

Come spend the day observing migrant shorebirds that have traversed thousands of miles from their Arctic breeding areas. Some stay within these rich habitats well into the winter; others pause only briefly before traveling south. Depending on where the birds are, join...

Saturday, October 1, 2016 -
7:00pm to 10:00pm
Freeman

Come have fun learning to identify the major constellations of the Fall night sky and marvel at the vastness of the cosmos while peering through a telescope at deep sky objects. The myths and legends that gave the constellations their names will also be shared. We may...

Sunday, October 23, 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, October 29, 2016 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Pincetich, Ph.D.

The Point Reyes peninsula extends into the California Current and collects floating marine debris and plastic pollution from local and global sources along the over 80 miles of shoreline within its boundaries. What is marine debris and how does it impact ocean...

Sunday, October 30, 2016 -
10:00am to 5:00pm
Egert Elan

Embark on an ecological and culinary adventure with the wild foods of Point Reyes. Identify local plants, hear their stories, and learn how to use them for food. We will prepare and eat tasty bay nut truffles and acorn treats in a great class for foodie friends and...

Friday, November 11, 2016 - 7:30pm to Sunday, November 13, 2016 - 3:00pm
Shuford

This class will emphasize the identification, seasonal occurrence patterns, and natural history of wintering waterfowl, loons, grebes, pelicans, cormorants, herons and egrets, rails and coots, shorebirds, gulls, and terns. We will explore a range of habitats to see...

Sunday, November 20, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:30pm
Wimpfheimer

Many people have enjoyed the abundance and bird diversity at Limantour Estero, Bolinas Lagoon, and other West Marin sites. However, few have been to the Hamilton Field Wetlands, which has some of the finest shorebirding in the area. This class will focus on bird...

Friday, November 25, 2016 - 6:00pm to Sunday, November 27, 2016 - 2:00pm
Campbell

Spend a wild and woodsy weekend in the forests of Point Reyes at the height of our local mushroom season. Instructor David Campbell will guide beginning and intermediate mushroom enthusiasts on a series of forays into the rich and diverse wild mushroom habitats all...

Saturday, December 3, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Hug

Many birders find looking at gulls to be an intimidating process, but it doesn’t have to be. There are some simple strategies to follow that can take some of the frustration out of gull identification. You won’t become an expert overnight, but you may become more...

Sunday, December 18, 2016 -
9:30am to 3:00pm
Wimpfheimer

For over forty years the Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count has monitored winter populations of over two hundred species that winter in the National Seashore and adjoining areas. We will enjoy exploring the area's rich bird diversity at this annual event.

Sunday, December 18, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Campbell

Learn the basics and explore the mysterious and fascinating world of wild mushrooms. We will cover terminology, collecting techniques, spore prints, ID keys, and much more. A fresh wild mushroom specimen display will be provided by the instructor.