Natural World

Natural World

Friday, March 11, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Wimpfheimer

The height of Spring is an excellent time to learn birds at Point Reyes National Seashore. Coastal estuaries such as Drakes Estero are rich feeding areas for huge numbers of waterbirds, raptors, warblers, thrushes, flycatchers and other land birds. This class covers...

Saturday, March 12, 2016 -
9:00am to 1:30pm
Wimpfheimer

Cruise Napa River on this voyage into the past. Launching from the historic Vallejo and Mare Island waterfront, we enter a world of vineyards, backwater homes, and some of the largest contiguous marshes in the Bay Area. Learn why these salt marshes are among the most...

Friday, March 18, 2016 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Fuller

Who’s around in winter?  Who’s around all year?  What are the factors that alter the breeding success of coastal and pelagic species along the California Coast?   Come spend the day with Harry Fuller to discuss these ocean related ideas and more! We will spend...

Saturday, March 19, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Fuller

There are already clear patterns developing among North American birds species.  Some migrants are wintering further north.  Mountain birds are being forced ever higher in elevation.  Changes are happening in breeding range, generally species moving northward.  What...

Sunday, March 20, 2016 -
9:00am to 4:00pm
Fuller

Join Harry Fuller as we spend time in the field at Point Reyes National Seashore watching for nesting activity and territorial defense by mated birds in early Spring months.  In a mid-day presentation we will review some of the many species that breed before mid...

Sunday, March 20, 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, March 26, 2016 -
9:00am to 6:30pm
Klobas

For many, when Sonoma County is mentioned, the scenic coast and inland vineyards come immediately to mind. We will find much more as we seek premier birding areas near the Petaluma River, through the inland hills, to the sloughs and ponds of the bay lands. We will...

Saturday, March 26, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Stewart

Mount Burdell Open Space contains over 1500 acres of oak-woodland, grassland and small creek habitat. Many patches of serpentine and volcanic rock make it equal to yet different from Point Reyes’ Chimney Rock, in terms of floral diversity. Hike open to youth (age 15...

Sunday, March 27, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Egert Elan

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

Saturday, April 2, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Stewart

Chimney Rock is a premier wildflower peninsula jutting into the Pacific Ocean and Drakes Bay. We will learn how the color and shape of flowers has co-evolved with insect and bird pollinators, and we will watch for whales, sea lions, elephant seals, birds and lichens....

Sunday, April 3, 2016 -
9:00am to 3:00pm
Sampson

This is an excellent chance to view California gray whales migrating from Baja California to their feeding grounds in the Bering Sea. This delightful, two-mile round-trip hike along the Point Reyes Headlands will bring spring surprises as we will seek out other...

Friday, April 15, 2016 - 9:00am to Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:00pm
Wimpfheimer

The varied habitats of Monterey County are wonderfully scenic, with over 450 species of birds. We will explore Point Lobos and the dramatic coast towards Big Sur. Includes lodging on Friday and Saturday nights at University of California’s Hastings Preserve, meals...

Saturday, April 16, 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, April 23, 2016 -
10:00am to 4:00pm
Egert Elan

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

Friday, May 27, 2016 - 7:00am 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...

Friday, June 10, 2016 - 6:00pm to Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 2:00pm
Trimble

Participants will write new poetry and prose, talk about craft and form, and practice paying better attention to the animals, plants, and landforms of our Point Reyes peninsula. There will be time to wander on trails, and we'll celebrate the year's longest days with...