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How to Make and Use Charcoal to Draw Point Reyes Trees

Red Barn Classroom 75 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA

Experience the ancient medium of charcoal to capture the essence of trees in your sketches and explore new directions in your art endeavors.In these times of fire landscapes and burned forests, we forget that charcoal is the oldest recorded art material. Slowly burned wood is an amazing and expressive medium. It captures the beauty and … Continued

Dramatic Shoreline Photography: Five Part Series

3 Online Evening Classes, 2 Shoreline Hikes, Meeting Locations TBD Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA

Photograph some of the seashore's most beautiful beaches under the best tidal conditions during this series of online and in person classes.This course is timed for the extreme high and low tides which provide ideal conditions for photographing some of the most beautiful beaches and estuaries of Pt. Reyes National Seashore. With two guided Saturday … Continued

Drawing the Colors of Fall

Autumn is a time to explore color with the beauty of changing leaves. Learn to create rich colors with layering, blending, and burnishing.Autumn is the perfect time to explore colored pencil techniques with all the beauty of the changing leaf colors, seed pods, gourds and berries. Their unique colors provide the opportunity to practice mixing … Continued

Mushrooms, Mushrooms, Mushrooms!

Red Barn 75 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA

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 they are found, and how to forage for them. Following this morning lesson … Continued

Forest Bathing Walk: Gratitude and Reciprocity

Bear Valley Visitor Center 1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road, Point Reyes Station, CA

A Forest Bathing walk is a guided slow meander intended to allow for a deep and meaningful connection with the natural world.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 … Continued

Fall Migration at the Seashore: Waterbirds and Raptors

Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead/Parking Lot Point Reyes National Seashore, Inverness, CA

Abbotts Lagoon and Tomales Bay are important habitats for many waterbirds, raptors and shorebirds. Observe and ID as they migrate through!By early November most of our wintering birds have arrived at the productive and diverse habitats of Point Reyes. Abbotts Lagoon and Tomales Bay are important habitats for thousands of ducks, loons, grebes and other … Continued

Oh No, Not Gulls!

Red Barn 75 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA

In this class we will focus on developing a system for approaching gull identification in an enjoyable manner, then test your new skills!All birders have experienced that feeling of overwhelming frustration when trying to identify gulls. But this does not have to be the case. In this class, we will focus on developing a system … Continued

Mushroom Identification

Red Barn 75 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA

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 encouraged … Continued

Forest Bathing Walk

Bear Valley Visitor Center 1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road, Point Reyes Station, CA

A Forest Bathing walk is a guided slow meander intended to allow for a deep and meaningful connection with the natural world.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 … Continued

Down For the Count: Exploring Bird Diversity at Point Reyes

Bear Valley Picnic Area 1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road, Point Reyes Station, CA

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 of over two hundred species of birds here. Point Reyes National … Continued

January Full Moon Hike: 3-Year Anniversary Event!

Bear Valley Picnic Area 1 Bear Valley Visitor Center Access Road, Point Reyes Station, CA

A special gathering to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of our monthly member full moon hikes! (Rescheduled from November.)Come celebrate 3 years of full moon hikes with us! On January 7th, we will gather under the full moon at the Bear Valley picnic area, across from the Visitor Center, to celebrate community, the lunar cycle, and … Continued

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Composition in Art and Nature

Limantour Beach Picnic Tables Limantour Beach, Point Reyes Station, CA

What can the unbounded vitality of natural places teach us about composition in visual and written art forms?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 … Continued

Mushroom Identification

Red Barn 75 Bear Valley Road, Point Reyes Station, CA

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 encouraged … Continued