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Mushrooms!

Explore the mysterious and fascinating world of wild mushrooms in Point Reyes. A class designed for beginner to intermediate mushroom enthusiasts. Basics of the identification process and general mushroom understanding will be discussed, and then a foray into the nearby woods in search of seasonal fungi. Instructor will provide fresh wild specimens, and participants are …

Composition in Art & Nature

How do the conventions of composition influence what and how we observe nature? All communication is an act of composition, moving some things to the foreground and others to the margins or out of sight. Yet the unbounded vitality of natural places may challenge us: where to begin? What to include, or remove, when everything …

Mushroom Identification

Explore the mysterious and fascinating world of wild mushrooms in Point Reyes Welcome to the world of mushrooms! Learn their main types, characteristics, and common edible forms followed by a group mushroom foray! Explore the fantastic world of mushrooms, mushrooms, and more mushrooms! In the morning, your instructor will lecture on mushroom types, characteristics, where …

Full Moon Hike

PRNSA Full Moon Hike Celebrate 3 years of Point Reyes National Seashore Association full moon hikes! Participants will gather under the almost-full-moon at the Bear Valley picnic area, across from the Visitor Center, to celebrate community, the lunar cycle, and getting to know the Bear Valley in a different light.

Family Forest Bathing Walk

Exploring Darkness and Light. This is a forest bathing walk where children and youth are encouraged to take the lead! Forest Bathing is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which can be loosely translated to “taking in the medicine of the forest” . This practice was established in the 1980's in Japan as a …

February Featured Hike

Johnstone Trail to Shell Beach PRNSA's featured hike for February is 5 miles out and back. It features a walk through Bishop Pine woods, the beach and views of Tomales Bay. Take the hike any sunny day in February For hike details, check out their 2023 hiking calendar here. It includes information about what's blooming …

Inverness Ridge: The Missing Piece

Explore geologic features evidencing the displacement of the Point Reyes peninsula northward along the San Andreas fault. The Point Reyes peninsula is a migrant, having traveled several hundred miles northward from its place of origin. Time and tectonics have left their mark on the landscape, telling a story of epic proportion. The story is there …

Birding For Families

Children are naturally fascinated by birds. Learn to foster their excitement with games and skills for enjoying birds together everywhere! Discover why birding has become a popular family hobby during this hands-on beginning birding class. Begin the day exploring skulls, bones, feathers, and nests. After learning field identification basics, you’ll hit the trail with binoculars …

Animal Tracking & Awareness

Learn to understand the animal signs that surround us in every landscape and how to read the stories they tell. You'll wander and wonder for a few hours, at a very slow pace, learning to see and understand the myriad animal signs that surround us in every landscape, and how to read the stories they …

Colored Pencil Sunflowers

Draw beautiful summer flowers and explore various colored pencil and botanical illustration techniques. All levels welcome! Summer is the time for warmth, exuberance, and relaxation. Colored Pencils are a fun, safe and portable and meditative way to express oneself artistically. Join the artist at the Point Reyes National Seashore to draw the beautiful flowers of …

Forest Bathing Walk

Forest Bathing is inspired by the Japanese practice of Shinrin-Yoku, which can be loosely translated to “taking in the medicine of the forest." This practice was established in the 1980s in Japan as a direct response to declining health in the population.  The healing energies of the natural world have been known for centuries. Forest bathing is a simple yet …

California Naturalist Program

Become a Certified California Naturalist immersed in the natural history and unparalleled beauty of the Point Reyes National Seashore. The California Naturalist Program at Point Reyes is a Saturday field-based lecture series provided in partnership between the University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. The mission …

Introduction to Natural Dyes and Ecoprinting

Learn the basics of how to transfer color from plants onto fabric. Learn the basics of transferring color from plants to fabric. In this hands-on workshop, you will create a pot of natural dye to tie-dye a cotton bandana, as well as design a botanically printed silk scarf. The completed bandana and scarf are yours …

Christmas Bird Count

Down For the Count: Exploring Bird Diversity at Point Reyes The Christmas Bird Count monitors over two hundred species and the Seashore ranks near the top of all counts. Join us to practice and enjoy! For over fifty years the Point Reyes Christmas Bird Count (CBC) has been an annual tradition monitoring the winter populations …