School Program FAQs

The Clem Miller Environmental Education Center accommodates up to 86 overnight guests in five dormitory-style cabins. The facilities include a large cedar lodge with dining room, library science center and commercial kitchen, a bathhouse with hot showers, a large central meadow and a campfire center. The sleeping cabins are furnished with wooden bunk beds and mattresses. Bed linens are not provided.

The Main Lodge, Annex, and two sleeping cabins are wheelchair accessible.

Teachers and group leaders who have completed the required training may reserve the Center. In addition, we are sometimes able to accomodate other groups whose mission and activities are in alignment with our own.

415-663-1200 x 305
programcoordinator@ptreyes.org

Clem Miller Environmental Education Center is managed by:
Point Reyes National Seashore Association
1 Bear Valley Road, Bldg 70
Point Reyes Station CA 94956

February through November, the minimum fee is $680 per day, with a total capacity of 38 people. Rates are as follows for additional cabins: 3 cabins and up to 54 people is $870/day; 4 cabins and up to 70 people is $1070/day; 5 cabins and up to 89 people is $1330/day. December and January reservations will receive $100 off each day. Fees are calculated per day of occupancy, not per night. All groups are required to pay a nonrefundable $600 deposit and carry $1M in comprehensive liability insurance.

Point Reyes National Seashore Association believes environmental education should be part of every child’s life and that teachers must be given the necessary tools to guide their students toward environmental literacy. We know that raising sufficient funds for field science programs can pose a significant obstacle for teachers. In 2009, PRNSA established the Young Stewards Youth Scholarship Fund to support field trips for students who traditionally have little to no access to national parks. To date, we have raised more than $600,000 and have provided residential environmental, science and wilderness education programs for more than 5,000 underrepresented youth.

Young Stewards Fee Waivers are awarded to classes based on their school's Title 1 status or other compelling need. In order to qualify for a Fee Waiver, teachers must complete and submit an application, provide documentation of compelling financial need and submit a letter of support from a school administrator. For a Fee Waiver application, please contact 415-663-1200 x 305 or programcoordinator@ptreyes.org.

San Francisco Bay Area nonprofit Science by Nature offers transportation funding for low income schools. For more information and to apply for funds, visit Science by Nature.

Meals are not provided. Group leaders and their support teams plan menus, shop for, prepare, and serve meals in the Center’s commercial kitchen. To assist with menu planning, shopping, and preparation, we have constructed a meal planning & shopping guide and menu suggestions.

The Center accommodates a maximum of 86 people. A minimum of 1 adult must be present for each group of 8 minors at all times including overnight in the sleeping cabins. At least one adult who has completed the required training must be with the group throughout their stay.

There is no internet service or mobile phone coverage at the Center. We have one landline telephone for which a calling card is required. Free internet access is available in Point Reyes Station, 20 minutes by car.

Each fall we send a reservation application form to every teacher and group interested in reserving the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center for environmental education purposes. The priority reservation process offers groups the opportunity to reserve their first choice date/s for the next academic year. Groups registering after the priority registration period will be able to reserve remaining available dates on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Our program is somewhat unusual in that we require participating teachers and group leaders to complete a weekend-long training course at our site prior to reserving the Center. Teachers who have registered for the Environmental Education & Natural History Intensive may begin the process of reserving the Center for a three- to five-day stay. The Center can accomodate a maximum of 86 overnight guests; one adult is required for every eight children under 18. Click here for a list of available dates and fees. A signed Application & Use Agreement, $600 facility use deposit, and $1M in comprehensive liability insurance are required to secure a reservation. Partial fee waivers are available for qualifying schools.

The Clem Miller Environmental Education Center staff provides teachers and group leaders with the support, resources and information they need to create an impactful program. In addition, the National Park Service, Point Reyes National Seashore Association, and local partner organizations offer tours and programs led by biologists and field educators. Teaching supplies, activity kits, an extensive natural history library, and additional resources are available at the Center. 

The Environmental Education & Natural History Intensive is offered in April and is open to teachers and youth leaders. Occasionally, we will have space for college students interested in environmental education and interested adults. For more information, visit Teacher & Group Leader Training