North of San Francisco: Redwoods, Lighthouses & Marine Mammals

Learn about biodiversity and geology as you explore the carefully preserved parks and beaches of Marin County – home to redwood groves and spectacular marine life and seabirds.
Rating (5)
Program No. 23027RJ
6 days
Starts at

At a Glance

Countless conservation heroes throughout history have fought to protect the wildlife and wilderness, natural ecosystems and cultural resources of Marin County. Learn about these heroes of past and present as you visit the places they preserved. Walk along the coastal bluffs of Point Reyes National Seashore, through the rare old-growth redwood forest of Muir Woods and amongst the marvelous Marin Headlands. Visit conservation and marine centers and field stations to learn about wildlife conservation and marine mammal rescue, and experience biodiversity as you look for marine mammals and spectacular seabirds along the central coast of California.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Wander through the peaceful and majestic Muir Woods, one of the few remaining old coast redwood groves in the world.
  • Visit Point Blue Conservation Science and Palomarin Field Station to learn about conservation and bird habitats and to watch scientists as they safely band birds with geolocation tags.
  • Hike to Point Bonita Lighthouse, built in 1855 and still active, to learn about its history from a park ranger.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Tiburon Peninsula
by Branwell Fanning
Reyes of Light: The Point Reyes Lighthouse and the National Seashore
by Kathleen P. Goodwin, Richard Blair (Photographer)
Assembling California
by John McPhee
Marin Headlands
by Dorothy E. Gibson
by The Sausalito Historical Society
Muir Woods: The Ancient Redwood Forest Near San Francisco
by James W. Morley
Mt Tam: A hiking, running, and nature guide
by Donald Martin
Angel Island
by Branwell Fanning and William Wong
Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula
by Jules Evens
Bolinas and Stinson Beach
by The Bolinas Museum and the Stinson Beach Historical Society
The Golden Gate Bridge: The History of San Francisco's Most Famous Bridge
by Charles River Editors

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