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Giacomini Wetlands Kayak Tour

Giacomini Wetlands Kayak Tour

November 12, 2023
Explore California’s largest intact tidal marsh by kayak and find yourself immersed in the beauty and wildlife of this essential habitat.

Join our partners from Blue Waters Kayaking for this guided kayak trip through the magnificently restored Giacomini Wetlands.

In 2008, 550 acres were purchased from the National Park Service and a fifty year old levee was removed to restore natural tidal flows to the Giacomini wetlands. The largest intact tidal marsh along the California Coast, Giacomini teems with eel grass beds, and is a nursery for halibut, bat rays, leopard sharks and a variety of land, water and shore birds. It is a life force of marine life that is crucial to the greater San Francisco Bay. Come see what is revealed as we paddle through this abundant ecosystem!

We will meet at the White House Pool parking lot. After organizing gear and reviewing basic kayaking instructions and safety procedures, we’ll launch our kayaks and paddle into the wetlands.

All guided tours are in tandem closed deck sea kayaks. Our double kayaks track well, are difficult to capsize, and are easy to maneuver. All the necessary gear such as life jackets, paddles, and spray skirts is provided.

Single paddlers are welcome and may be paired with another single paddler or with a guide in a tandem kayak. Paddling solo is not guaranteed.

We’ll go rain or shine.

Details:

-We will be meeting at the White House Pool Parking Area

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

All sales are considered final seven days before class. No refunds will be given 7 days or fewer from the start of class. For COVID policy see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring:

Come prepared for variable weather. Bring clothes that reflect your degree of sensitivity to heat and cold.

Sunscreen & lip balm.

Hat: with sun visor or/and wool and fleece hat for cool weather.

Long-underwear, no cotton.

Quick-dry shorts or baggy nylon pants that can be rolled up.

Shoes you don’t mind getting wet: sandals and wool socks, wetsuit booties, aqua socks or rubber boots in cool weather.

Windbreaker/rain jacket.

Long sleeve: wool, capilene, poly pro, or some other synthetic material, no cotton.

Sweater: pile, fleece or wool pullover.

Change of clothes, including dry shoes.

1 liter (minimum) water bottle.

High-energy snacks and light meal.

About the PRNSA Field Institute:

The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x304 or by email at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.

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COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

Please respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

• Perform a health self-check before coming to class using the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus as a guide

• Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID symptoms, know that you have had a close exposure, or are suffering from any flu-like or respiratory illness

• Contact the Field Institute if you will not be able to attend due to COVID. You may be eligible to receive a full or partial refund

• Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

• Masks are optional at your discretion

• Please bring your own food and water

All guidelines are subject to change pursuant to State or County Health order updates.

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.