Kayak Drakes Estero with Naturalist David Wimpfheimer

Kayak Drakes Estero with Naturalist David Wimpfheimer

Sat, February 10
Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Drakes Estero marine wilderness by kayak, guided by expert naturalist David Wimpfheimer!

Join our partners at Blue Waters Kayaking and special guest, naturalist David Wimpfheimer, for a unique aquatic tour of one of our most abundant ecosystems, Drakes Estero. A designated marine wilderness, the estero is an essential wildlife rich habitat where you may view a variety of birds and marine life.

We will meet at the parking lot of the former Drakes Bay Oyster Farm. After organizing gear and reviewing basic kayaking instructions and safety procedures, we’ll launch our kayaks and paddle out along Schooner Bay towards one of the other coves or fingers of Drakes Estero.

The waters and hillsides of Drakes Estero are rich in wildlife. As we glide over the eelgrass beds and kelp forest we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for harbor seals, bat rays, leopard sharks and a variety of land, water and shore birds.

-Class activities will be physically demanding

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.

We’ll go rain or shine.

David Wimpfheimer is a professional naturalist and biologist. For almost forty years David has pursed his passion, natural history of the America West. He enthusiastically shares his extensive knowledge about all aspects of the natural world with many groups including Smithsonian Institution, California Academy of Sciences, Road Scholar and Oceanic Society.


-We will be meeting at the Drakes Estero Kayak Launch

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

No refunds will be given for cancellations 7 days or fewer ahead of this class unless cancelled by organizers due to extreme weather or safety conditions.

– 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

– 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.

Sun screen & lip balm

Full water bottle

High energy snacks & lunch

Hat with brim for sun protection or wool/fleece hat for cool days; sunglasses (retention straps recommended for hats and sunglasses)

Quick-dry shorts or pants that can be rolled up (not cotton, not jeans)

Synthetic or wool long underwear for cold days

Base layer shirt (short or long sleeves) that dries quickly (tech/synthetic fabric or wool recommended; avoid cotton)

Fleece or wool warmth layer (long sleeve or vest) for cool days

Shoes you don’t mind getting wet: sport sandals, old sneakers/boots or rubber boots with wool socks, wetsuit booties, or aqua socks are all good options; please do not wear flip flops

Windbreaker/rain jacket (or wear a splash jacket provided by BWK)

You may want to bring a change of clothes for your ride home, including dry shoes & socks

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

In accordance with Marin County guidelines for public health and safety, we ask all participants to 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, suspect you have been exposed to the virus, or are suffering from any other flu-like or respiratory illness

• 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

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