Based at the Olema Ranch Campground, a private campground quarter of a mile from the entrance to Point Reyes National Seashore adjacent to Tomales Bay. The campground has spacious campsites, modern facilities and hot showers.
This national seashore offers a rich variety of forest, grassland, and coastal landforms. The rugged coastline of the Seashore varies dramatically from protected sandy beach coves on the northern end to the sharp bluffs and sheer cliffs that plunge straight down to the sea. Several rocky beaches provide an opportunity to study the tidepools and the inter-tidal zone.
Animal life is abundant. Blacktail deer, raccoon, coyote, bobcat, gray fox and badger inhabit the Park and the surrounding area. Bird life is plentiful and varied: rare brown pelicans, osprey, red tail hawks, and numerous water birds. Between December and March, California gray whales pass close to shore during their yearly migration.
This is a place for students to discover the unique natural and human history of the area, develop group cooperation through a shared camping experience, enhance leadership abilities, and learn basic camping skills. The Naturalists at Large program gives the students a "sense of place". This is accomplished by introducing them to the natural and cultural history of the Seashore while they explore the over 14 miles of trails and kayak the waters of Tomales Bay.
Natural History themes can include the chaparral community, north coast forest, fire ecology of the redwood forest, shoreline geology, and environmental influences on plant geography. The Bear Valley Visitor Center is located less than a half a mile from the camp. The San Andreas Fault is only a few steps from the Visitor Center. Evidence of the 1906 earthquake abounds. Naturalists at Large's program emphasis will be designed to complements the school's goals.
Naturalists at Large is a leading outdoor and environmental education group in California. Since 1985, we have provided outdoor education programs for tens of thousands of students from over two hundred schools, offering custom client designed trips, flexible dates and locations, commitment to safety and comfort in the outdoors, the wonder of nature and the importance of outdoor and experiential education.