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Morgan Horse Ranch

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes Station, CA 94956

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This UC California Naturalist Saturday lecture series is a partnership between the University of California Cooperative Extension and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association (PRNSA) Field Institute. Our primary mission is to foster a committed corps of volunteer naturalists and citizen scientists.

California Naturalist students are able to experience Point Reyes National Seashore in ways the casual visitor cannot, working in areas less traveled and alongside some of the California's most knowledgeable naturalists. Our instructors are experts in their field and provide an inside look into the diverse wildlife, natural resource management, and large scale public interpretation here at Point Reyes National Seashore.

This program utilizes a combination of science curriculum, guest lecturers, field trips, and project-based learning to immerse students in the diverse natural world of the 70,000 acres that make up Point Reyes National Seashore.

Graduates of this program are ready to take an active role in natural resource conservation, education, and restoration. You are also eligible for 4 credit units from UC Davis Extension.

Instructed by Dr. Chris Pincetich


-The class will be held over the course of 5 Saturdays from 9am to 5pm at the Morgan Horse Ranch.

-This will be a vigorous activity. Expect a few of the days to include hikes of up 5 or 6 miles, with light walking on the other days. None of the hikes are off trail or “extreme,” but you do cover some mileage.

-If you have any special circumstances or questions, please contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org.




This event is rain or shine. We use National Park advisories to determine whether or not the class will run. Click here to check out current weather conditions!

Class Cancellation Policy: If a registered participant wishes to cancel their enrollment and receive a refund, notification must be received at least 14 days in advance of the class date. No refunds will be issued for enrollment cancelations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class, participants will receive a full refund of class fee.




What to Bring

Personal Gear

  • Food & snacks for the day(s)
  • Binoculars
  • Hiking boots
  • Field notebook
  • Pens and pencils for field sketches
  • Work clothes that can get dirty
  • Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing including: rain jacket, windbreaker, gloves, warm hat. (The days may be warm and sunny or cool and foggy, all in a matter of minutes!)
  • Sun hat and sun screen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water bottle for the field

Personal Gear (optional)

  • Digital camera
  • iPod or iPhone with iNaturalist App
  • Spotting scope and tripod
  • Field guides
  • Work gloves




Required text (to be read before the class):

  • The California Naturalist Handbook, UC Press, 2013.

Additional Reading

  • The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula, UC Press, 2008.

*The texts for the course will be mailed to you after you register.*




Interested in becoming a class facilitator to assist PRNSA Field Institute courses or becoming a volunteer for PRNSA? Click Here!
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