Park Holiday Open House

Park Holiday Open House

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Join us on Friday, December 12, 2014 for the Park Holiday Open House at the Bear Valley Visitor Center from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This a public event in celebration of our local, state and federal parks and marine sanctuaries in West Marin, including:

Point Reyes National Seashore-National Park Service
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
​Tomales Bay State Park

See activities below. Light refreshments and drinks will be provided. Be sure to check out the Point Reyes National Seashore Association's (PRNSA) bookstore for all your holiday gifts. Guests will receive 20% off their purchases with funds supporting programs and projects and Point Reyes National Seashore.

Park Sustainability in Action
Come check out some new park sustainability developments this past year at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, including three new Level 2 electric vehicle chargers and all new LED lighting system in the visitor center and bookstore. The chargers and lighting run off electricity generated at the Bear Valley Visitor Center via photovoltaic cells. The park now generates approximately 35% of the energy it uses from 18 photovoltaic solar arrays on various buildings throughout the Seashore. Learn more about sustainbility measures in the park by readng A Few Green Points park newsletter. 

Film Screening
We will be previewing the PRNSA funded abridged version of Rebels with a Cause, a film honoring the people, struggle and successes around the creation of Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. This 21-minute film can be viewed by request at the Bear Valley Visitor Center year-around. The complete film is available for sale in our bookstore. 

Author Signing
We are pleased to announce wildlife biologist and author Jules Evens will be on site to sign copies of a new California Natural History Guide, Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast, which he co-wrote with Rich Stallcup. Evens has over four decades of experience observing Northern California's coastal birdlife and is the author of two other books including, The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula (UC Press, 2008) and An Introduction to California Birdlife (UC Press, 2005). Stallcup (1944-2012) was a preeminent California field ornithologist, naturalist, and local conservationist. He was founder of the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (know today as Point Blue Conservation Science) and the author of many articles and books on bird identification, biogeography, and conservation. The field guide is illustrated by Bolinas-based artist and birder Keith Hansen. 

Book Summary
The Northern California coast--from Monterey County to the Oregon border--is home to some of the richest avian habitats on the North American continent. Field Guide to Birds of the Northern California Coast provides a comprehensive ecological overview of this extensive and diverse region. It features detailed discussions of the area's most common waterbirds, raptors, and landbirds and highlights the most productive birding sites in each Northern California coastal county.  Accessibly written and user-friendly, this guide contains nearly 250 species accounts that focus on seasonal rhythms and behavioral characteristics of each species. More than 130 color photographs and hand-drawn sketches depict the birds in context, and maps and occurrence charts indicate when readers might spot each species.

Food Drive
Bring your non-perishable goods for the annual local food drive and help us give back to those in need. 

Event Sponsors
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Nicasio Valley Cheese Company
Perry's Inverness Park Grocery
Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese Company
Point Reyes National Seashore Association
The Palace Market
Trader Joes - Petaluma
Whole Foods - Petaluma

This is a zero-waste event. All efforts will be made to compost and recycle all goods. 

Stay tuned for more details. For more information contact us