Whale Watching Wonders

Whale Watching Wonders

Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

The Point Reyes National Seashore Association is proud to host the first annual Whale Watching Wonders day. Come help us count the many whales that pass by the coast, as they make their way south to warmer waters. This outdoor event is designed for family fun, and everyone is welcome. We will take the park service shuttle to Chimney Rock from Drakes Beach. PRNSA staff will guide you near the cliffs' edge, where we will spot whales through scopes and binoculars. In between whale sightings, we will offer lessons on cetacean biology and behavior. It will be a fun and interactive day watching the largest animals in our National Seashore with your family. Remember, this event is FREE, but space is limited. Register today and mark your calendar!


- Registration is first-come, first served.

- Children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

- Please list parent and children names in the attendees drop-down menu.

-This is a zero-waste event.

- Expect another email prior to the event after registration with more details and directions.

- Please try to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the event.

- In case of rain this event will still happen, but in a different capacity to avoid the rain.

- In order to keep these events free or low-cost, a $10 donation is generally suggested and very appreciated.


What to Bring:

  • Warm variable weather clothing

  • Extra layers

  • Rain gear

  • Bagged lunch

  • Large water bottle

  • Hiking shoes

  • Day pack

  • Watch or other time tracking device

  • Sun protection

  • Notepad and pen

  • Binoculars (Optional)

  • Camera (Optional)

  • Good Attitude (Not Optional)



Group Schedule:

10:00 am - Arrive at Drakes Beach for short greeting

10:10: am - Get on Park shuttle to go to Chimney Rock

10:45 am- Arrive at Chimney Rock parking lot, unload and do proper introductions.

11:00 am Hike out to Chimney Rock Point

11:30 am- Arrive at Chimney Rock Point and begin whale counts

12:00 pm - Lunch Break

12:30 pm - Hike back to parking lot

1:00 pm - Tour of the Historic Chiefs House with snacks

1:45 pm- Begin wrap up

2:00 pm - Return to shuttle and go home


Adult and Family Program:

The Point Reyes National Seashore Association Adult and Family Program is a new series of events catered to adults and families that want to experience the national seashore together in a new way. Every program is designed to be educational and entertaining for both adults and children. Many of our scheduled events are either free or low-cost, and you can register through our website at ptreyes.org. For any questions about current or future Adult and Family Program events, please email fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org, or call at 415-663-1200, ext. 307.

In order to keep these events free or low-cost, a $10 donation is generally suggested and very appreciated.

Interested in becoming a member of PRNSAClick Here!

Interested in becoming a PRNSA Field Institute facilitator? Want to take classes for FREE while helping out a great cause? Join us! Contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org for more information.