The biologically rich waters of Drakes Estero provide a haven for thousands of shorebirds, harbor seals, bat rays, leopard sharks and other wildlife. The estuary’s scenic shoreline also reveals fascinating glimpses into the past human history of the landscape, from vibrant Coast Miwok communities and shipwrecked European explorers, to 19th Century butter ranches and 20th Century bootleggers. This class offers a unique opportunity to explore the spectacular scenery of the Estero Trail with a local history writer and Park wildlife docent. As we hike above the shoreline though verdant, rolling ranchlands we’ll look for clues into the Estero’s geological and cultural past, as well as enjoy many opportunities to view the diversity of marine and avian wildlife that make the estuary so special. A midmorning low tide increases our chances of seeing bat rays and leopard sharks just beneath the surface, as well as sea stars and other tide pool life along the shoreline. Open to youth (age 12-17) with attending adult.