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Nature's Tapestry at Point Reyes National Seashore

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Program #19541RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Itinerary for Apr 28 — May 3, 2013

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Type: Inn

Description: Located on the shore of Tomales Bay just outside the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Contact info:
12938 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness, CA 94937 USA
phone: 415-669-1389
web: www.tomalesbayresort.com

Room amenities: Coffee makers, TV, no phones

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant adjacent

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Please call for prices.
Inn usually fully booked on weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, April 28 - Check in and register for the program, wine socia...
Check in and register for the program, wine social, dinner, get-acquainted orientation meeting

Arrive To: Check in after 4 p.m. and register for the program.

Dinner: There will be a wine/cider social followed by dinner.

Evening: Participants will introduce themselves followed by an orientation meeting to discuss the program activities.

Lodging: Tomales Bay Resort

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Located on the shore of Tomales Bay just outside the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Contact info:
12938 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness, CA 94937 USA
phone: 415-669-1389
web: www.tomalesbayresort.com

Room amenities: Coffee makers, TV, no phones

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant adjacent

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Please call for prices.
Inn usually fully booked on weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, April 29 - Field trip to Bear Valley Visitor's Center and wa...
Field trip to Bear Valley Visitor's Center and walk the earthquake trail, visit the Morgan horse ranch and Kule Loklo indian site, picnic lunch, visit Limantour Beach

Breakfast: Breakfast at the adjacent restaurant.

Morning: Today's field trip travels to the Bear Valley Visitor's Center to view a film and exhibits, then continue to walk the Earthquake Trail.

Lunch: Lunch is a picnic at the Bear Valley Visitor's Center.

Afternoon: After lunch we walk a half mile to the Morgan Horse Ranch.This working horse ranch for horses used by National Park Rangers in wilderness areas and for backcountry patrol has trailside exhibits focusing on the characteristics, breeding and history of Morgan horses. The Morgan horse is the first American breed of horse. Self-guided exhibits, corrals and demonstrations are a part of the ongoing interpretive program of the ranch. We continue with a visit to Kule Loklo. This replica Coast Miwok village has trailside exhibits that briefly describe the traditional ways of life of the first inhabitants of the Point Reyes peninsula. Then we visit Limantour Beach.

Dinner: We stop in Olema for dinner before returning to the Inn.

Evening: We have a free evening to relax after a busy day.

Lodging: Tomales Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Located on the shore of Tomales Bay just outside the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Contact info:
12938 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness, CA 94937 USA
phone: 415-669-1389
web: www.tomalesbayresort.com

Room amenities: Coffee makers, TV, no phones

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant adjacent

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Please call for prices.
Inn usually fully booked on weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 30 - Field trip to Five Brooks Pond, Audubon Canyon Ra...
Field trip to Five Brooks Pond, Audubon Canyon Ranch, Bolinas, Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods

Breakfast: Breakfast at adjacent restaurant.

Morning: We travel to Five Brooks Pond for bird watching and learning about the area's forest habitats. We continue to Audubon Canyon Ranch to view nesting egrets and herons. For nearly 50 years, Audubon Canyon Ranch has preserved wildlands and open spaces in Marin and Sonoma Counties—over 2,000 acres so far. But it’s about more than preservation. It’s about conveying a love of nature and fostering an understanding and appreciation for the native plants and animals that call these special places home.

Lunch: Picnic lunch in Bolinas.

Lunch: Our next stop is Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods."This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world," declared conservationist John Muir when describing the majestic coast redwoods of Muir Woods.

Dinner: We return to the Inn for dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: We enjoy a slide show on the birds of the Point Reyes National Seashore. Point Reyes National Seashore offers some of the finest birdwatching in the United States. More than 70,000 acres of habitat harbor an incredible variety of bird life. Nearly 490 avian species have been observed in the park and on adjacent waters.

Lodging: Tomales Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Inn

Description: Located on the shore of Tomales Bay just outside the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Contact info:
12938 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness, CA 94937 USA
phone: 415-669-1389
web: www.tomalesbayresort.com

Room amenities: Coffee makers, TV, no phones

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant adjacent

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Please call for prices.
Inn usually fully booked on weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 01 - Field trip begins with a nature walk at Roy's Red...
Field trip begins with a nature walk at Roy's Redwoods and Big Rock Ridge, then continues to Golden Gate Headlands and the Marine Mammal Center

Breakfast: Breakfast at a nearby restaurant.

Morning: Today's field trip begins with a nature walk at Roy's Redwoods and Big Rock Ridge, rich areas for many species of birds, wildflowers and other plants.

Lunch: We enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Then we go on to the Golden Gate Headlands and the Marine Mammal Center. Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) chronicles two hundred years of history, from the Native American culture, the Spanish Empire frontier and the Mexican Republic, to maritime history, the California Gold Rush, the evolution of American coastal fortifications, and the growth of urban San Francisco.

The Marine Mammal Center is a nonprofit veterinary research hospital and educational center dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of ill and injured marine mammals – primarily elephant seals, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Headquartered in Sausalito, CA, since 1975 the Center has rescued and treated more than 15,000 marine mammals.

Dinner: Dinner at a restaurant in Point Reyes Station.

Evening: Free evening to visit with new friends.

Lodging: Tomales Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Inn

Description: Located on the shore of Tomales Bay just outside the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Contact info:
12938 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Inverness, CA 94937 USA
phone: 415-669-1389
web: www.tomalesbayresort.com

Room amenities: Coffee makers, TV, no phones

Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant adjacent

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Additional nights before: Please call for prices.
Inn usually fully booked on weekends.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 02 - Field trip to Drake's Beach, Point Reyes LIghthou...
Note: Optional walk at Lighthouse with steps equivalent to climbing a 3 story building

Breakfast: Breakfast at the nearby restaurant.

Morning: Today's field trip takes us to Drake's Beach and Ken Pastrick Visitor's Center. Then on to Point Reyes Lighthouse and Chimney Rock for one of the best wildflower displays on the Pacific Coast..Located at beautiful Drakes Beach, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center contains exhibits that focus on 16th century maritime exploration, marine fossils and marine environments.

Lunch: We enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: We continue our trip. From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches through its open grasslands to its brushy hillsides and forested ridges, visitors can discover over 1000 species of plants and animals. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, Point Reyes preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration.

Dinner: Dinner at a nearby restaurant.

Evening: We enjoy some musical entertainment for our final evening.

Lodging: Tomales Bay Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, May 03 - Final field trip to the Tule Elk Preserve and his...
Final field trip to the Tule Elk Preserve and historic ranch. Farewell breakfast, program ends

Depart From: Program ends. Please check out by 11 a.m.

Breakfast: We have a program wrap-up including a bird count and recap of wildlife we have seen during the week. Farewell breakfast.

Morning: Our final field trip takes us to the Tule Elk Preserve and historic Pierce Ranch.The tule elk herds had virtually disappeared by 1860, 13 years before the state awarded them complete protection. In the spring of 1978, two bulls and eight cows were brought in from the San Luis Island Wildlife Refuge near Los Banos. The elk were contained within a temporary, 1.2-hectare (3-acre) enclosure to allow for adjustment to their new surroundings. That summer, six of the cows bore calves. In the fall, 17 elk were released from the enclosure on Tomales Point to 1,050 hectares (2,600 acres) of open grassland and coastal scrub. By the summer of 1988, the population was at 93 animals. The population census taken in 2000 counted over 400 elk. In 2009, over 440 were counted at Tomales Point, making the the Point Reyes herds one of the largest populations in California. Established in 1858, the renovated Pierce Point Ranch is one of the oldest ranches on the Point Reyes Peninsula and was one of the most successful dairy ranches of its time. It is representative of the agricultural heritage of this area. A short, self-guided path guides visitors through the historic complex.

Meals Included: Breakfast

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14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
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