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Saturday, June 22 • 6PM – 9PM • $20 ($15 Members)
Celebrate the summer solstice and the full moon by spending the late dusk hours prowling around Point Reyes to explore an area where we hope to either see or discover evidence of bats, raccoons, coyotes, possums, deer, rodents, owls and other birds! The hours before dark are active in the animal world. Diurnal (active during the day) animals are busy stocking up for the night of rest. Nocturnal critters are rousing for a busy night of looking for food, and crepuscular (dawn and dusk) creatures are at their peak of liveliness. Bring your favorite young person for an interactive evening of learning more about the animal world through games, stories, observation and investigation with a fun and seasoned naturalist.
Open to youth (age 5-17) with attending adult.
This class is currently full, please call (415) 663-1200 x373 to be added to the waitlist.
Wednesday, June 26 • 7:30AM – 10:30AM • $40 ($30 Members)
For a brief time during minus tides the hidden mysteries of the reef are revealed. This is one of the best minus tides of the year. We’ll see giant green anemones, ochre stars, purple sea urchins, various species of crabs, possibly mussel worms, bushy headed peanut worms, and brittle stars. Herons, egrets, black oyster catchers, and other birds will be on hand for the low tide buffet spread. We will be going out on the reef in hopes of seeing the nudibranchs, the colorful sea slugs known as the butterflies of the sea. With luck we will see several species. Be prepared for a long walk, much of it on slippery seaweed covered rocks, and for getting wet feet!
Open to youth (age 12-17) with attending adult.
July 19-21 • 8AM Friday – 2PM Sunday • $320 ($300 Members)
Join David to explore one of the most dynamic ecosystems on the planet. We’ll start this adventure by kayaking the lake’s southern shore so we can glide by oddly wonderful tufa towers, and hopefully encounter hundreds of phalaropes where we’ll learn how their fate is tied to the trillions of brine shrimp in the lake. The basin contains geologic wonders not found anywhere else in the world like the tufa formations, the oldest lake on the continent and its youngest mountain range. Saturday’s focus will be Lundy Canyon because of it’s incredible botanical diversity and waterfalls in a spectacular canyon. The rest of the weekend features several short hikes to young volcanic domes, sagebrush meadows, mixed conifer woods and riparian forests. These habitats are the breeding zones for many birds, including green tailed towhee, sage thrasher and townsend’s solitaire. The battle to save Mono Lake was one of the most influential environmental victories of the twentieth century. Accommodations are not included.
Saturday, July 27 • 8:30AM – 4:30PM • $50 ($40 Members)
Join this challenging natural history hike to visit a more remote part of the national seashore. David will interpret the varied habitats as we travel from the San Andreas Rift Zone Valley near Five Brooks Pond and ascend through the lush old growth forest of Douglas Fir to the Inverness Ridge. From the ridge where Pacific Wrens and several warbler species call out we will descend down through a coastal scrub habitat to our ultimate destination, Alamere Falls. Even at low water this is one of he more dramatic landscapes at Point Reyes. Depending on the tide level we will walk on the beach before taking a different trail back. This hike is designed for enthusiastic hikers who want to learn more about the area’s geology, flora and fauna. The hike will cover about 14 miles with a cumulative 2500 feet of elevation gain.
Saturday, August 10 • 5:30 PM - 10PM • $50 ($40 Members)
Mark your calendars for a unique trip with renowned naturalist Michael Ellis to Sunset Beach. This exceptional location affords a beautiful perspective on the intriguing juxtaposition of land and sea, a sight that encapsulates the spirit of Point Reyes National Seashore. We’ll enjoy a varied trek through rolling headlands to the beach, where estuary meets ocean with excellent land and marine wildlife viewing opportunities along the way. With Michael’s knowledge and wit as our guide we’ll experience this most special trail as the light dwindles and we step out onto the beach where two ecosystems meet as the sun sets. The hike will cover about 8 miles in total.
This class is full, please call (415) 663-1200 x 373 to be added to the waitlist.
Note: Michael is also leading Kayaking class with the Field Institute.
Saturday, August 10 • 11AM – 3:30PM • $20 ($15 Members)
Come to the end of the road in search of serpents and other squamates (scaled reptiles). We will park at the foot of Mesa road on gravel and dirt at the Southern end of Point Reyes National Seashore, just outside of the Bohemian village of Bolinas. Get ready to walk a snake line, shoulder to shoulder with your fellow trekkers. It is a tried and true technique for stirring up snakes – garters, gophers and maybe even a racer. As we emerge from the eucalyptus forest and California coastal scrub habitat surrounding the trailhead we will be greeted with stunning vistas of the Pacific Ocean as can be seen up North in the Lost Coast. Learn to noose a basking blue-bellied lizard. Look under cover objects for sleeping garter snakes. Walk the edges of Bass Lake listening for the plop, splash, swish of leaping frogs and shy turtles. Get out and get dirty on this summer herp hunt adventure!
Open to youth (age 7-17) with attending adult.
Jayah Faye Paley
Saturday, August 31 • 10:30AM – 4:30PM • $50 ($40 Members)
Learning how to use poles for hiking gives you an edge with your outdoor adventures. You’ll feel more power and confidence as you use your whole body on easy paths in the morning, then on the trail in the afternoon. Optimal use of poles improves endurance, posture, balance and upper body strength. Using your core muscles helps to preserve your joints! Learn skills that will reduce knee stress, improve back health, and prolong agility. Practice new skills and improve your performance in beautiful Point Reyes National Seashore. A variety of top quality poles will be available to help you discover which poles fit you best and can help you to achieve your outdoor goals. Hikers of all experience levels are welcome, from novice to advanced. Class includes a short nature pole-practice hike in the afternoon. Participants who are not quite ready for hiking have the option of learning the basic skills in the morning and opting out of the practice hike in the afternoon.
Open to youth (age 15-17) with attending adult.
We offer gift certificates for specific classes or the dollar amount of your choice. Email or call 415.663.1200 ext. 373 and we can create a certificate for you to give as a gift.
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This page last modified June 13, 2013.