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.
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Program No. 23027RJ
6 days
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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.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to three miles a day on trails which can be steep and uneven.
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.
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David Wimpfheimer
David Wimpfheimer, is a biologist and professional naturalist with a passion for birds and the natural history of the West. Since the mid-1980s, David has shared his knowledge of the natural world with hundreds of groups. From birding classes to whale watching expeditions to natural history hikes, David takes great pleasure in leading people on hikes of discovery and exploration. Along with the intended, nature's unpredictability might present you with the unexpected excitement of a unique bird behavior, or a mammalian critter such as a hunting bobcat or meandering coyote. Lizards, butterflies, trees, lichen, fungi and even paw prints may be in your path. Even though David is most passionate about birds and the majority of his excursions are geared toward teaching and interpreting the language of the avian world, he is just as enthusiastic teaching about all the wonders of nature.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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