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Nature's Tapestry at Point Reyes National Seashore

Program Number: 19541RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/28/2013 - 5/3/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Point Reyes, California
Price starting at: $960.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature; National Parks; Natural History
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Fat; Low Salt    

Nowhere is nature's power to produce transcendent beauty as apparent as amid the more than 70,000 acres of Point Reyes National Seashore. Join a naturalist in its most captivating corners and timeless lands. Depending on the season, observe migrating gray whales, sea lions, elephant seals, harbor seals, tule elk and axis deer, and view its amazing avian diversity. Survey more than 5,000 years of human history, from Coast Miwok Indians to European explorers and farmers to the recent encroachment of nearby population centers.


• Experience the serenity of walking among the giant redwood trees in Muir Woods.
• Delve into the extraordinary effort at The Marine Mammal Center, where injured marine animals — mostly various kinds of seals — are rehabilitated.
• Visit the historic Pierce Ranch and learn the history of its Tule Elk Preserve, numbering nearly 450 protected elk.

Activity Particulars

Walking up two miles, standing up to 30 minutes.

Coordinated by Road Scholar.

Point Reyes

Point Reyes National Seashore, established by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, encompasses ocean breakers, grasslands, hillsides and ridges. This biologically diverse landscape hosts more than 45 percent of North America's bird species.

Lovely resort on Tomales Bay, just minutes from Point Reyes National Seashore.
Meals and Lodgings
   Tomales Bay Resort
  Inverness 5 nights
 Tomales Bay Resort
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
  Room amenities: Coffee makers, TV, no phones
  Facility amenities: Pool, restaurant adjacent
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Please call for prices. Inn usually fully booked on weekends.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Please call for prices. Inn usually fully booked on weekends.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 p.m. hotel check in time. 4:00-5:00 p.m. meet in hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Tomales Bay Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at 11:00 a.m. Room check out time is 12:00 p.m. You will be staying at Tomales Bay Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
The Inn has free parking.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Inverness
  Nearest city or town:  San Francisco
  Nearest highway: Hwy. 101
  Nearest airport:  San Francisco International
  From End of Program
  Location: Inverness
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

San Francisco


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
Marin Airporter
phone: 415-256-8833


Per Person/One Way:


$20 one way
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


2 hours 




65 miles


Airport shuttle to Larkspur Landing and then take a taxi to Tomales Bay Resort. Radio Cabs phone number : 415-485-1234 $3 a mile for 23 miles .

Driving Directions
  San Francisco San Francisco International Airport (SFO) 780 Mcdonnell Rd, San Francisco, CA 94128 1. Head northwest 0.6 mi 2. Take the ramp onto US-101 N 12.1 mi 3. Take exit 434A to merge onto US-101 N/Mission St toward G G Bridge 0.4 mi 4. Turn left at S Van Ness Ave 2.0 mi 5. Turn left at Lombard St 1.1 mi 6. Continue onto Richardson Ave 0.2 mi 7. Continue onto US-101 N/Doyle Dr 11.9 mi 8. Take exit 450B toward San Anselmo 0.5 mi 9. Merge onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd 1.2 mi 10. Slight left to stay on Sir Francis Drake Blvd 19.2 mi 11. Turn right at CA-1 N/Sir Francis Drake Blvd 2.0 mi
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check in and register for the program, wine social, dinner, get-acquainted orientation meeting
(Sunday, April 28)
 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.
Accommodations: Tomales Bay Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: 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
(Monday, April 29)
 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.
Accommodations: Tomales Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field trip to Five Brooks Pond, Audubon Canyon Ranch, Bolinas, Mt. Tamalpais and Muir Woods
(Tuesday, April 30)
 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.
Accommodations: Tomales Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: 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
(Wednesday, May 1)
 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.
Accommodations: Tomales Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field trip to Drake's Beach, Point Reyes LIghthouse and Chimney Rock
(Thursday, May 2)

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.
Accommodations: Tomales Bay Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Final field trip to the Tule Elk Preserve and historic ranch. Farewell breakfast, program ends
(Friday, May 3)
 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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