Pt. Reyes Coast Program
Programs along the Pt. Reyes National Seashore are some of our favorites because they provide a variety of program options for your class. Camping nearby allows us to visit various places in the Seashore within a 30-45 minute drive.
To explore some of these fantastic program elements here is a possible program for a 3-day FIELDGUIDES trip: a day at Bear Valley touring the reconstructed Miwok village called Kule Loklo, and a walk along the Earthquake Trail to learn about the San Andreas fault zone and see evidence of the 1906 quake centered near San Francisco. A visit to the Point Blue Palomarin Field Station on the morning of the second day. PRBO offers an up close look at bird mist-netting, banding, and research methods. In the afternoon, Limantour beach and estuary provide a stunning view of Drakes Bay and miles of investigative exploration and fun play. Another exciting program option for this day is visiting the Pt. Reyes Lighthouse combined with time on Drakes Beach. If you are interested in rocky shore ecology, we can plan a visit to the tide pools at Agate Beach. Cap your experience off with a final morning of group games and exploration of the redwood forest at Sam Taylor State Park.
FIELDGUIDES offers 5-day programs at this location as well. These longer visits are ideal for 5th and 6th graders and enable us to do all of the options mentioned above, or simply include more study of the redwood and oak-chaparral ecosystems in the National Seashore. Instructors also love to engage the students in an all-class resource management debate, calling on them to apply their new found knowledge of the Pt. Reyes area's diverse habitats.
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