• Pt. Lobos celebrates 150 years of State Parks

    Visitors to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve on  Sunday, October 26  will  have the option to enjoy special activities and adventures in honor of the 150th  anniversary of California State Parks.

    Responsible for almost one-third of California’s scenic coastline, California State Parks manages the state’s finest coastal wetlands, estuaries, beaches, and dune systems. Long considered the “crown jewel” of the California State Park system, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a magnet for nature lovers from around the world. From its breathtaking beauty to its fascinating wildlife to its inspiring and knowledgeable volunteers, Point Lobos is a place where one can escape to the serenity of nature at its best.

    In addition to its spectacular beauty, nearly every aspect of its resources is of scientific interest. There are rare plant  communities, archeological sites, unique geological formations, and incredibly rich flora and fauna of both land and sea. Point Lobos hosts two Marine Protected Areas, the Point Lobos State Marine Conservation Area and the State Marine Reserve.  With over six miles of hiking trails and three miles of wheelchair-accessible trails spanning 550 acres, Point Lobos is one of the most accommodating resources on the central coast for people with disabilities or limited mobility.

    “One of the things that makes Point Lobos so special,” said Anna Patterson, Point Lobos Foundation Communications Director, “is the 185 highly-trained and inspiring volunteer docents. When we looked at how best to celebrate this milestone for California State Parks, we looked to them to come up with exciting interpretive ideas and adventures for visitors.”

    From 10:00am-5:00pm, volunteer docents are offering:

    o      Guided nature walks every hour, leaving from the Information Station at Sea Lion Point and from Whalers Cove,

    o      A guided tide-pooling exploration (Weston Beach) at 4pm,

    o      A history presentation (Whalers Cabin) at 3pm,

    o      A history presentation (Whalers Cabin) at 3pm,

    o      Docents on the trails with spotting scopes (Whalers Cove and Sea Lion Point) from 10:00am-4:00pm,

    o      Easy Access Adventures  (for visitors with limited mobility and accessibility issues) (Bird Island Trail) from 1-3pm, and

    o      the MINT (Mobile Interpretive Station) stationed at Bird Island from 10:00am-4:00pm.

    Visit Piney Woods anytime from 10:00am – 5:00pm for fun children’s activities and giveaways (coloring books, posters, bookmarks, etc.) and to learn more about the Point Lobos Foundation. In addition, new Point Lobos merchandise will be unveiled and available for purchase throughout the Reserve.

    There is a $10 entry fee to drive into Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Once inside, all activities are free. The entrance fee is waived for current Point Lobos Foundation members. Members must provide their membership card for complimentary entry. To support Point Lobos by becoming a member, visit  pointlobos.org. A printed map with an updated schedule of activities and walks will be available at the entrance to Point Lobos on event day.

    California State Parks

    California State Parks is commemorating the 1864 establishment of the first park lands in the world. On June 30, 1864, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill granting 39,000 acres of Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Big Tree Grove to the State of California. Never before had land been set aside to protect its natural state for the public to enjoy. This historic legislation was the beginning of not only the California State Park System, but the national park idea we know today. For more, visit  www.150.parks.gov.

    The Point Lobos Foundation

    While the California State Park system is increasingly looking for creative ways to sustain our state parks, Point Lobos is flourishing due to the support of the Point Lobos Foundation (PLF). The Foundation is the primary source of funding for the model volunteer program, protects the Reserve’s environmental health by funding work on trails, facilities and invasive plant removal, and is continuously striving to improve programs and services for all visitors, especially children and people living with disabilities.  Formed in 1978, their mission is to advance visitors’ enjoyment and understanding of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, protect its natural environment for future generations and strengthen the Monterey County network of coastal California State Parks. Learn more at  www.pointlobos.org.

     

    posted to Cedar Street Times on October 24, 2014

    Topics: Front PG News

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