Planning Your Program

Point Reyes National Seashore is the ideal outdoor classroom, encompassing over 70,000 acres of bishop pine and Douglas fir forest, coastal prairie, rocky intertidal, sandy beach, dune, estuary, marsh and grassland. The Seashore is a hotbed of bird diversity (54% of all North American species have been sighted here) and is home to 60 species of marine and terrestrial mammals including the once almost extinct elephant seal and tule elk. Much of the best of Point Reyes is available within walking distance of the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center.

If you need more information, please call (415) 663-1200 x 306 or email us

Guided Tours & Special Programs
 

The Clem Miller Environmental Education Center staff provide teachers and group leaders with the support, assistance, and information they need to create an impactful program. In addition, the National Park Service, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and our educational partners offer field trips, tours and programs led by biologists, naturalists, and expert field educators.

Science at the Seashore: Hands-On Science Education Programs for Middle & High School Students
​Teachers may schedule one of three experiential field programs led by Point Reyes National Seashore Association staff.

  1. Giacomini Wetlands Field Study - Students practice water quality monitoring, aquatic macroinvertebrate sampling and shorebird surveys to understand wetland ecology and restoration. Contact us to make a reservation.
  2. LiMPETS (Long-term Monitoring Program & Experiential Training) - Students are trained to survey the distribution and abundance of the Pacific Mole Crab (Emerita analoga) on Limantour Beach. Contact us to make a reservation.
  3. Marine Debris Action Team - Students conduct plastic pollution density studies on local beaches using National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration scientific protocol. Contact us to make a reservation.

Habitat Restoration Service Projects
Augment your program by scheduling a Habitat Restoration Project for your class or group by contacting Vegetation Biologist Ellen Hamingson at (415) 464-5196 at least 6 weeks in advance. Habitat Restoration Projects do not take place during the month of September.

Trail Stewardship Service Projects
High School students and adult groups are invited to inquire about Trail Stewardship Service Projects by contacting Trail Supervisor Shawn Maloney at (415) 464-5154. At least 6 weeks advanced notice is required.

Point Blue Conservation Science (formerly Point Reyes Bird Observatory)
This organization offers youth education programs in the classroom and the field. We highly recommend you schedule a visit to the Muddy Hollow research area (20 minute walk from Clem Miller) for mist-netting and bird banding demonstrations.

Art of Mentoring
Chris & Brendan Clark are highly-regarded nature educators with Weaving Earth. Both have worked extensively with Point Reyes Summer Camp and PRNSA's teacher training program, teaching tracking, bird language, and primitive skills. They are available, individually or as a team, to work with school and youth groups and can be contacted at chrisr.clarke1@gmail.com and brendan.clarke1@gmail.com.

Nature Connection & Fire by Friction
Peter Bergen, founder and lead naturalist of Outside in Nature, is a gifted mentor and nature educator with an engaging and down-to-earth style who has worked with Point Reyes Field Institute and PRNSA's teacher training program for many years. He is available to lead a wide variety of nature connection activities as well as primitive skills including fire-by-friction. He can be contacted at pjbergen@yahoo.com.

Storytelling, Nature Crafts & Biological Illustration
Ane Carla Rovetta is a longtime San Francisco Bay Area artist, naturalist, and award-winning storyteller who has worked with Point Reyes Field Institute, Point Reyes Summer Camp, and PRNSA's teacher training program since the beginning. Contact her at (707) 762-5239 to inquire about scheduling campfire storytelling, indigenous arts & crafts, and biological illustration programs.

Ranger-Led Programs & Tours
The National Park Service offers a variety of ranger-led education programs available including tours of the Kule Loklo Coast Miwok Cultural Exhibit, Point Reyes Lighthouse and the San Andreas Fault Earthquake Trail. Advanced reservations are required. Click here more information.

Bear Valley Visitor Center & Nearby Activities
The visitor center houses natural history exhibits and a bookstore and will show films upon request including Point Reyes, the Point of Kings (15 minutes) and Kule Loklo, the First People (20 minutes). There are 3 self-guided nature walks nearby: The Earthquake Trail, the Woodpecker Trail and Kule Loklo Coast Miwok Cultural Exhibit. For more information, call the visitor center at (415) 464-5137. 

The Point Reyes Lighthouse is closed on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and during high winds. The viewing platform is always open and an especially good location for watching migrating California Gray Whales during January, March & April. For more information and current conditions, call (415) 669-1534.