School Program FAQs

How do I make a reservation to use the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center?

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.

How do I sign up for the required training course?

The Environmental Education & Natural History Intensive is offered in April and is open to teachers and youth leaders. For more information, visit Teacher & Group Leader Training

How do I contact you?

415-663-1200 x 306
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

Who is permitted to use the Center?

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.

What are the fees?

All groups are required to pay a $600 deposit and carry $1M in comprehensive liability insurance. Use fees are $16 per person per day with a 40 person minimum daily rate of $640. Fees are calculated per day of occupancy, not per night. For example, a 3-day stay carries a minimum charge of $1,920 (40 person minimum daily rate multiplied by three days).

Is financial aid available?

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 $530,000 and have provided residential environmental, science and wilderness education programs for almost 4,000 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 306 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.

What are the accommodations? Is the site wheelchair accessible?

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.

Are meals provided?

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.

What is the maximum number of people that stay at the Center?

The Center accommodates a maximum of 86 people. Youth groups are required to have a minimum of 1 adult for every 8 minors (children under the age of 18) in attendance. At least one adult who has completed the required training must be with the group at all times.

Does the Center have internet service and mobile phone coverage?

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.

How does the annual reservation lottery work?

Each October we send a lottery application to every teacher and group leader who has completed the required training. The lottery offers the opportunity to reserve the Center for the next academic year. Applications are selected randomly; those first selected receive their first choice of available dates. Between 60% and 70% of applicants receive their first or second choice. 

Are there resources available to help teachers and group leaders with program planning?

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.