Natural World

Natural World

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Pincetich, Ph.D.

The Point Reyes peninsula extends into the California Current and collects floating marine debris and plastic pollution from local and global sources along the over 80 miles of shoreline within its boundaries. What is marine debris and how does it impact ocean...

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Lukas

This special course, designed for teachers of all grade levels, is research-based and aligned with recommendations for professional learning required for successful NGSS implementation. Using the spectacular setting of Point Reyes National Seashore as our backdrop we...

Sunday, May 3, 2015 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Dreskin

Explore the butterflies of Cascade Canyon, a lush preserve tucked into the hills above Fairfax, and one of the gems of the Marin County Open Space System. Its 500 acres has some of the most pristine habitat in the Corte Madera Creek watershed.  From swallowtails to...

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 9:30am to 1:30pm
Freeman

Come enjoy a low-tide exploration of one of the largest shale reefs in North America. We’ll discuss the unique geology of the area and the marine influences that make it such a rich site. Peering into tidepools we’ll marvel at extraordinary critters, admiring the...

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 11:00am to 3:00pm
Giorni

Families! Come explore the beautiful riparian woodland that is Muddy Hollow.  We will weave in and out of willow and alder thickets keeping or senses tuned in for Chorus and CA red-legged frog calls and snake slithers.  When we emerge from the hollow we will be...

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 9:00am to 3:00pm
Lukas

If you’ve ever wanted to be a professional naturalist, a tour guide, or a volunteer docent, or if you’ve simply wanted to take your natural history knowledge to a new level, this class will be a fantastic introduction to the skills and strategies for leading groups in...

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00pm
Egert Elan

Immerse yourself in the gorgeous spring bloom of Point Reyes and see the intricate beauty of flowers through the eyes of a botanist. Learn the basics needed to begin identifying wild plants including flower anatomy, terminology, plant family characteristics, online...

Sunday, July 5, 2015 - 7:15am to 10:30am
Dreskin

For a brief time during minus tides the hidden mysteries of the reef are revealed. This is one of the best weekend minus tides of the year. We’ll see giant green anemones, ochre stars, purple sea urchins, and various species of crabs, and possibly mussel worms, bushy...

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Karachewski

Learn about the interesting sedimentary rocks and depositional environments along this scenic hike from the Laguna Trailhead to Sculptured Beach and Coast Camp. The Miocene Monterey Formation at Sculptured Beach exhibits complex and contorted bedding associated with...

Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 10:30am to 3:00pm
Karachewski

Explore the interesting and structurally complex Franciscan rocks on Angel Island that have been altered by extremely high-pressure metamorphism in a subduction zone.  From Ayala Cove we will hike along the Sunset Trail and Fire Road to observe schistose sandstone and...

Sunday, July 26, 2015 - 10:00am to 4:00pm
Egert Elan

 Join a super group of plant lovers for a fantastic day as we steep ourselves in the botanical riches of Point Reyes. We will take time to fully see the plants around us and become skilled at recognizing the patterns that distinguish major plant families in California...

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 9:00am to 11:00am
Harrison

Join master map maker Tom Harrison and look at the different kinds of maps that have been used to describe the trails, facilities, and ownership boundaries of the Point Reyes National Seashore. We will talk about the research and field mapping methods used to make...

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 9:00am to Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 5:00pm
Karachewski

Explore the completely different rocks that are exposed on the North American and Pacific plates on opposite sides of the San Andreas Fault. At the Marin Headlands on Saturday, we will examine rocks of the North American Plate, including pillow basalts, chert, and...

Saturday, October 24, 2015 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Karachewski

Discover the interesting geology along San Francisco’s wild seascapes on three separate hikes in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area from the Presidio to Fort Funston. At the Presidio, we will hike down to Marshall Beach to observe serpentinite bluffs and...