Natural World

Natural World

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 8:30am to 2:30pm
Bergen

**DATE CHANGE: Please note this course appears as May 6th in our catalogue -- this course has been rescheduled for May 5th**

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Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Freeman

Wildflowers will be abloom in full Spring glory! Come enjoy a fun and educational native plant walk in the wilds of Cascade Canyon Preserve. We’ll identify the many wildflowers, ferns, native trees and bushes that abound and discuss how these plants were used by the...

Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Ellis

From mosses, ferns, and alga to oaks and daisies, the springtime energy of new life bursts forth and infuses even the casual visitor with a sense of renewal. We’ll learn about the evolution of a fascinating array of reproductive strategies during this beautiful outing...

Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Ellis

Spring brings a new generation of elk calves to the wilderness landscape of the Tomales Point Tule Elk Preserve. Join us for an evening hike along scenic coastal cliffs. We'll scope elk groups for glimpses of spotted nursing babies under the moonlight. 

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Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Dreskin

How do various species of butterflies spend the winter? What is an instar? Learn the answers to these and all your other butterfly questions on an exploration of Muddy Hollow. By the end of the day, you will be on a first name basis with about ten species of...

Friday, June 15, 2018 - 10:00am to Sunday, June 17, 2018 - 5:00pm
Egert Elan

Immerse yourself in the gorgeous spring bloom of Point Reyes. Learn the basics needed to identify wild plants and use them for food and medicine. On each day we’ll begin with a classroom talk on botany basics. After lunch we take a walk down a gorgeous wildflower...

Friday, July 13, 2018 - 5:45am to 9:00am
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. Hopefully, we will also come across...

Sunday, July 15, 2018 - 8:30am to 12:00pm
Freeman

Come enjoy a low-tide exploration of one of the largest shale reefs in North America. We’ll discuss the unique geology of the area and the marine influences that make it such a rich site. Peering into tidepools we’ll marvel at extraordinary critters, admiring the...

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 8:00am to 5:00pm
Karachewski

Discover three classic geology locations including the Point Reyes lighthouse, Drakes Beach, and Kehoe Beach. Learn about these interesting sedimentary and igneous rocks and their different seascapes in the park. Understand how these far-travelled rocks on the Pacific...

Saturday, August 11, 2018 - 8:30am to 4:00pm
Karachewski

NEW CLASS! Hike the Rift Zone trail along the San Andreas Fault and learn about this active boundary between the North American and Pacific Plates. View fault-related landscapes, such as shutter ridges and sag ponds, and discuss plate tectonics, the 1906 San Francisco...

Sunday, August 26, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wimpfheimer

Based on where the birds are, we'll explore at one of a few locations throughout the Point Reyes National Seashore. The walk will focus on migratory shorebirds, but we’ll see a variety of terns, raptors, and other local species as well. Expect to walk 3-4 miles over...

Sunday, September 2, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Walla-Murphy

This class will teach the foundations of wildlife tracking. We will look through the broad lens of habitat patterns as well as the detailed lens of tracks, sign, and scat to better understand our animal neighbors and how they survive around us.

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Friday, September 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wimpfheimer

**DATE CHANGE: Please note this course appears as September 19th in our catalogue -- this course has been rescheduled for September 21st**

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Saturday, September 22, 2018 - 9:00am to Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 5:00pm
Pincetich, Ph.D.

This UC California Naturalist Saturday lecture series is a partnership between the University of California Cooperative Extension and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) Field Institute. Our primary mission is to foster a committed corps of volunteer...

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 9:00am to Wednesday, September 26, 2018 - 3:00pm
Wimpfheimer

This special class on bird migration will take place at the Point Reyes Headlands and other sites in the National Seashore. On the first day, a series of short walks may take us to the Lighthouse, the Chimney Rock area, and Drakes Beach. Depending on weather patterns,...

Friday, September 28, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Wimpfheimer

Hamilton Wetlands in Novato, the site of a former air force base, is one of the largest restoration projects in California. In just a short amount of time it has also become one of the most successful. Even though some work is still ongoing, the number of shorebirds...

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Freeman

Come enjoy a wonderful interactive day learning about the Monarch’s remarkable life history, the perils they face, and how you can help save them by sowing seed balls of their nectar and host plants which we’ll make in class. During the Fall, the magnificent Monarchs...

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:30am to 5:00pm
Karachewski

Explore the wild seascapes of San Francisco on this one-way hike along the Coastal Trail. Discover sandstones at the Cliff House, mélange at Lands End, serpentinite at the Presidio as well as beach, dune, and landslide deposits that sculpt this scenic shoreline....

Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Binney

Explore the elk range with Frank Binney, a nature writer who has assisted park biologists with tule elk studies for 20 years. With scores of large-antlered bull elk actively competing for females in the annual rut, we’ll have many opportunities to observe breeding...

Sunday, October 28, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm
Walla-Murphy

This class will teach the foundations of wildlife tracking. We will look through the broad lens of habitat patterns as well as the detailed lens of tracks, sign, and scat to better understand our animal neighbors and how they survive around us.

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