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Welcome to #ParkInPlace, our series of newsletters, educational activities, and videos to keep you connected to nature and Point Reyes National Seashore while you shelter in place. 

The idea behind the Park In Place campaign was born as staff were packing up our office on March 16, 2020 to comply with the first shelter in place order. We wanted to stay in touch with our community and continue to share the park and our love of the outdoors. Our programs at Point Reyes National Seashore are looking much different, but we are still here for you! We will lend support by sharing information and ideas, encouraging exploration of the various places where we are taking shelter, and forging new and deeper connections with each other and our shared natural world. Follow us on social media and together we can #ParkInPlace.

Nature In Place Home Activities



As Point Reyes National Seashore continues to expand access during COVID19, PRNSA would like to welcome you back to the park. Check out our welcome video. 

Welcome Video



Natural Laboratory Podcast

Episode 1 - The Legacy of Fire at Point Reyes

Episode 2 - New Growth

Episode 3 - How Wildlife Withstands Wildfires

Park in Place Educational Webinar Series

Park-In-Place Highlight Reel



The Superintendent's Hour - Thursday March 11, 2021

Point Reyes has a new Superintendent! Craig Kenkel has a lengthy resume with the National Park Service and is now bringing his experience to Point Reyes. Coming from Cuyahoga National Park he will be in a very new environment, but is excited for the opportunity. He’s even more excited to meet you! Join us in March for a special meet and greet with Craig and have all your questions answered about him, his plans, and our park. This will be a great way to learn more about the future of Point Reyes National Seashore and how you can be a part of it. Register for this free webinar today!

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Field Conservation for Mountatin Gorillas??? - Jena Hickey has devoted years to conservation efforts while working in the field and has a lot to share. Come learn more about how change can happen at a variety of levels.

The Wide Variety of Winter Birds in Point Reyes - Point Reyes National Seashore has a large diversity of birds in the winter. Our mild weather conditions are much more favorable to birds compared to colder interior areas. Over 200 species have been monitored over the past decades, including several that have not been seen anywhere else in the country. Check out this video to hear from naturalist David Wimpfheimer about population trends that have been observed over many years on our seashore and have a chance to ask your birding questions with an expert. 

150 Years of Light: The National Park Service and PRNSA celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Point Reyes Lighthouse. 

Helping the Monarchs Overwinter in Coastal Communities and Beyond: Monarchs are arriving now in coastal Marin for the winter! This is the beginning of a major milestone in their lifetime, but they need help. Mia Monroe is a community science volunteer with The Xerces Society and is a co-founder of the long-running Western Monarch Thanksgiving Count. She has been watching monarchs her whole life in the Bay Area and enjoys this time of year most.

Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors: Community Read & Discussion with author Dr. Carolyn Finney - In partnership with the Marin County Free Library, we read the book Black Faces, White Spaces: Reimagining the Relationship of African Americans to the Great Outdoors by Dr. Carolyn Finney. Dr. Finney, Isaac Taylor and Ranger John Eleby shared a conversation about the intersection of race and the outdoors.

Fire Steals the Show - Watch our Dinner on the Pacific Plate virtual program to hear stories from the heart, stories about fire, and stories of the park. 

Are Sea Otters the Ghosts of Estuaries Past? Join Sonoma State Assistant Professor Brent Hughes for a talk in celebration of Sea Otter Awareness Week. Like many top predators across the globe, sea otters suffered from overhunting during periods of rapid European colonialism in the 18th and 19th centuries. However, with legislation aimed at protecting endangered species and marine mammals, sea otters are slowly recovering. Through this recovery sea otters are revealing the breadth of habitats that can utilize, such as estuarine seagrass beds and salt marshes. These recent discoveries have fundamentally changed our understanding of sea otter biology and ecology and presents new opportunities to promote their recovery. Presented in collaboration with Sea Otter Savvy.

Caring for Endangered Coho Salmon The annual return of salmonids to their freshwater spawning grounds, commonly known as "the salmon run", is one of the most beautiful and studied phenomena in the natural world. From our California rivers to the Great Pacific Ocean, species like coho salmon and steelhead trout face a variety of threats from human-related interactions. Carter Perez Adamson shared his amazing work with these species this summer and expertly shares first-hand experiences. Hear from a rising conservation leader about the work that goes into protecting an endangered species, and learn about the significance of fish conservation and health in Point Reyes National Seashore. 

A Cause for Rebellion: Preserving Point Reyes National Seashore - Then and Now: PRNSA board member Seth Rosen hosted this tribute to the rebels who fought for the conservation of Point Reyes National Seashore. Hear from filmmakers Nancy Kelly and Kenji Yamamoto and longtime NPS marine biologist Dr. Sarah Allen, who spoke about the then and now of science of conservation at Point Reyes. 

If you have not yet seen REBELS WITH A CAUSE (2013), or you would like to see it again, we encourage you to watch the film by following the link below, where it can be purchased or streamed on your digital device for a small fee of $4.99.  http://rebelsdocumentary.org/buy/home/

Shark Week: Red Barn Virtual Shark Talk with Scot Anderson - Biologist and longtime shark researcher, Scot Anderson, joined PRNSA and NPS for a special Shark Week webinar! Learn about all about the scarring patterns on sharks, as well as other interesting facts. 

Color In Nature Seminar - As part of our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives, we were excited to host an online seminar discussing the significant, but often underrepresented experiences of the Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) community in the great outdoors. Check it out to hear ideas on how to make the outdoors welcoming to all. 

The Connection Between Nature and Good Health: In conversation with Florence Williams, author of "The Nature Fix". Presented by PRNSA, the Mesa Refuge, Black Mountain Circle and Point Reyes Books. 

Does Earth Have a Memory - How do we make sense of a story extending 4.5 billion years into the past? And what events in that long history have left their marks most indelibly on the planet we call home? Presented by favorite local educator and naturalist Don Jolley and our friends at the Bolinas Museum.  

A Wide-Ranging Conversation on Lighthouses and the Sea with authors Jazmina Barrera & Philip Hoare, a Point Reyes Books and PRNSA colaboration. 

A Response of California Black Rails to Wetland Restoration with Jules Evens, biologist and author of the The Natural History of the Point Reyes Penninsula. (A PRNSA funded study!)

Changing the River Otter Range Map: Brought to You by Community Science with Megan Isadore of the River Otter Ecology Project

Bats of Point Reyes and Marin County: Studying Secretive and Nocturnal Mammals of the Night Sky with Gabe Reyes of the U.S. Geological Survey

Best Picks from Partner Organizations

Amazing Secrets of Elephant Seals with Frank Binney - Hosted by the San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Marine Mammals of Point Reyes with Dr. Sarah Allen (a presentation by the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin). 

Community Unlearning Racial Justice Panel with Chandra Alexandre, CEO of Community Action Marin, Jonathan Logan, VP of Community Engagement with the Marin Community Foundation, and Don Carney, Founder of Youth Transforming Justice (a program of San Geronimo Valley Community Center)


#ParkInPlace Issue 43 - Love is a Verb  

#ParkInPlace Issue 42 - Gratitude and Gifts in 2021

#ParkInPlace Issue 41 - Mapping A Park for All

#ParkInPlace Issue 40 - Regeneration in the New Year

#ParkInPlace Issue 39 - Our Final Gifts and Goodbye 2020!

#ParkInPlace Issue 38 - Stories from the Heart

#ParkInPlace Issue 37 - Smiles at the Seashore

#ParkInPlace Issue 36 - A Solstice Gift from Point Reyes

#ParkInPlace Issue 35 - Winter Rhythm

#ParkInPlace Issue 34 - Environmental Education Looking Back and Forwards

#ParkInPlace Issue 33 - Finding Light at the Seashore

#ParkInPlace Issue 32 - Pt. Reyes Bounty and Gratitude

#ParkInPlace Issue 31 - Safe Learning Outdoors

#ParkInPlace Issue 30 - Gratitude for Service 

#ParkInPlace Issue 29 - Honoring What You Love

#ParkInPlace Issue 28 - Blue Moon Transitions

#ParkInPlace Issue 27 - Voting for Preservation and Parks for All

#ParkInPlace Issue 26 - Heartfelt Thanks and Post-Fire Regeneration

#ParkInPlace Issue 25 - Two Moon Month + Fire Science

#ParkInPlace Issue 24 - Fire on the Mountain

#ParkInPlace Issue 23 - We Can Do Virtually Everything

#ParkInPlace Issue 22 - Scorched and Looking Forward

#ParkInPlace Issue 21 - Signals at the Seashore 

#ParkInPlace Issue 20 - Women Preserving our Land and Waters

#ParkInPlace Issue 19 - Celebrating Like It's 2020

#ParkInPlace Issue 18 - Reflections on Latino Conservation Week 

#ParkInPlace Issue 17 - Conservation - Then and Now

#ParkInPlace Issue 16 - World Listening Day

#ParkInPlace Issue 15 - Towards A Park for All 

#ParkInPlace Issue#14 - Praising the Pollinators

#ParkInPlace Issue#13 - Welcome Summer and Happy Juneteenth

#ParkInPlace Issue#12 - Welcoming All Back to the Park

#ParkInPlace Issue#11 - Memorial Day and Isolation and Connection

#ParkInPlace Issue #10 - Wild by Nature

#ParkInPlace Issue #9 - Happy Mother's Day

#ParkInPlace Issue #8 - May Day and Wildflowers

#ParkInPlace Issue #7 - Earth Day Message and Activities

#ParkInPlace Issue #6 - Bioblitz Nearby

#ParkInPlace - Issue #5 - Under Our Common Moon

#ParkInPlace - Issue #4 - Otterly Wonderful 

#ParkInPlace - Issue #3 Rebels With A Cause

#ParkInPlace - Issue #2 Staying Safe, Staying Local

#ParkInPlace - Issue #1 - Stay Connected

Bridge the Gap: Shelter in Place Fund Letter



an aerial view of the Point Reyes headlands with a green-topped bluffs overlooking the ocean.