$135 – $170

Fall Migration Immersion at the Point

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$135 Member Price / $170 Non-Member Price

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This special class on bird migration will take place at the Point Reyes Headlands and other sites in the National Seashore. On the first day, a series of short walks may take us to the Lighthouse, the Chimney Rock area, and Drakes Beach. Depending on weather patterns, many migrant warblers, sparrows, flycatchers, and other passerines concentrate in the cypress groves and willow thickets in this part of the National Seashore. Ranch ponds and marsh habitat can hold shorebirds, while scoters, loons, grebes and other water birds rest on Drakes Bay. Exploring Point Reyes on weekdays allows us to sample these unique landscapes without many other visitors. We will spend the night in this dramatic setting and watch a digital presentation on the birds of Point Reyes. Tuesday morning could find us visiting some of the same locations, however, we may also take a walk at Abbotts Lagoon or another wetland area. The variety of sandpipers, ducks, terns, and other water birds can be dramatic. Many raptors migrate through this rich area as well at this season. Expect to take several hikes throughout the weekend. Accommodations included at the Historic Lifeboat Station.

Instructed by David Wimpfheimer

-Accommodations included at Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock, more info below.

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

Class Cancelation 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 cancellations made less than 14 days in advance of the class date. Class enrollment fees are non-transferable. PNRSA Field Institute classes are generally run rain or shine, though will follow National Park Service weather and road advisories to ensure that classes only run in safe conditions. In the event that the PRNSA Field Institute cancels a class for any reason, participants will receive a full refund of class fees.

Historic Lifeboat Station at Chimney Rock

Lifeboat Station

The Point Reyes Lifeboat Station is a National Historic Landmark overlooking beautiful Drakes Bay. It is the last remaining example of a rail-launched lifeboat station that was common on the Pacific coast. Located at Chimney Rock, the Lifeboat Station was built in 1927 by the U.S. Coast Guard and contains the crew’s quarters, a large boat bay, and a marine railway system for launching a 36-foot life boat.

The ground floor houses the boat bay museum where a renovated motor boat is located.

The area around the Lifeboat Station is used by the Marine Mammal Center as a release site for rehabilitated wildlife. While staying here some classes are unexpectedly treated to the release of an otter or harbor seal.


  • Ample working / studio space
  • Large second floor reading / meeting room overlooking Drakes Bay
  • Seven bedrooms accommodating 24 individuals, bunk style sleeping
  • Fully-equipped kitchen with large fridge, large freezer, and commercial range/over
  • Two large multi person bath/shower rooms
  • Central heat
  • Projector

What to Bring:

Personal Gear

  • Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)
  • Hat and sunscreen
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Daypack
  • Binoculars (a must)
  • Field guide (recommended)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • WARM sleeping bag and pillow (linens not provided for bunkbeds, camp-style mattress only)
  • Extra sleeping pad for comfort (optional, but the provided mattress is fairly thin)
  • Ear plugs (to avoid distraction while writing and in case of snorers/elephant seals)
  • Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, bath towel, etc.)
  • Insect repellant
  • Headlamp or flashlight

A full service kitchen is provided. Please bring all meals and snacks. The nearest stores and restaurants are 20 miles away over country roads, so you will need to be self-sufficient. By tradition, Saturday night is pot-luck with everyone sharing food. So be sure to bring a dish to share for Saturday dinner, as well as food for yourself.

*Participants should bring appropriate outdoor clothing and footwear suitable for walking along coastal trails in varied weather conditions or temperatures, including long-sleeves or pants in case of possible exposure to poison oak or ticks.

Interested in becoming a PRNSA Field Institute facilitator? Want to take classes for FREE while helping out a great cause? Join us! Contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org for more information.

Are you an outdoor educator or artist who would like to teach a PRNSA Field Institute class? Contact us at fieldinstitute@ptreyes.org for more information.
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