$110 – $130

Giacomini Wetlands Kayak Exploration

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$110 Member Price / $130 Non-Member Price

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On the edges of Tomales Bay there is a bed of eel grass. A flowering angiosperm that grows in the shallow water as the lungs of the bay. In 2008 550 acres were purchased from the National Park Service. A fifty year old levee removed allowed the tide back in. Now the Gacomini wetland is the largest intact tidal marsh along the California Coast. Within it a nursery for swimming halibut, nudibranchs, snails, mussels, a life force of marine life that is crucial to the greater San Francisco Bay. In a tides flash causes snails to readjust, mussels pull in, halibut to tuck under a flap of overlapping leaves and the nudibranch draw their outer lungs inward. A major pacific flyway for migratory birds, we will observe resident egrets, surf scoters and visiting red necked phalaropes with a stunning backdrop of the Point Reyes peninsula. Come see what this nexus of shifted plates has in store as we paddle during one of the few times of the year in which conditions allow kayak access.

Schedule for the day:

-Suit up and board kayaks at Inverness
-Paddle south to Gacomini Wetland
-Have snack lunch at Whitehouse Pool
-Paddle back to Inverness

Instructed by Tanya Baxter & our partners at Blue Waters Kayaking

-This is a kayaking event. Children welcome if older than 13 years old and weigh at least 50 lbs. Check out our partners at Blue Waters Kayaking!

-This class will be held outdoors.

-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.

What to Bring

-Dress in quick dry clothing (polypropelene, teva style sandals, or booties).

-Warm, variable-weather, layered clothing (waterproof windbreaker or rain jacket, hat, gloves)

-Hat and sunscreen

-Comfortable walking shoes


-Notebook & Pen

-Lunch, snacks, and water for the day

-Binoculars (optional)

-Camera (optional)

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 or visit www.ptreyes.org/camps-classes-programs/field-institute/class-information for more information about how to become a PRNSA Field Institute Instructor.

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