I recently visited Point Reyes visitor’s center and was surprised at how professional the building and information services are. The lighthouse closed due to high winds, but they directed us to a place where there were still some elephant seals sleeping in the sun. I recommend you drive to the visitor’s center and chat with a ranger, who can point you to where the animals of the season are or use this Point Reyes Wildlife Viewing page.
We also went over to the Point Reyes Lifeboat Rescue Station at Chimney Rock, which was built in 1927 and has the last existing marine railway on the Pacific Coast. The lifeboats are on display inside.
There’s a unique Marin historical event in July. The Night of Nights is a commemoration of the last day of Morse code in the US, which occurred right at Historic RCA Coast Station KPH. From 3 pm to midnight each year on July 12, the station at 17400 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard is open to the public and begins broadcasting at 5 pm to commemorate maritime radio. Members of the Maritime Radio Historical Society will broadcast and receive signals from ships and other participants.
Something else I’m thinking about getting involved in is the project for Marin Marine Protected Areas Watch. It’s a volunteer opportunity to participate in citizen science by taking a walk on the beach twice a month to record what you see. Upcoming trainings are at Corte Madera Marsh and Drakes Beach, and they also cover Point Reyes, Estero de Limantour, Duxbury Reef and other areas.
Point Reyes also has a need for volunteers to help with habitat restoration and remove invasive plants through the Habitat Restoration Program at Point Reyes. Group work days are on Sundays and Thursdays.
We’re fortunate to have preserved land like this in our backyard. For more ways to explore, here’s the Point Reyes calendar of events.