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$225 Member Price / $250 Non-Member Price

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This weekend workshop will focus on sketching and painting the magnificent cliffs, bluffs, cloud/fog formations and waters of the deep ocean and dramatic shoreline in our nature journals. We will have plenty of time to experiment with our compact field kits including mixing colors intuitively and accurately, instruction on painting the elements of land, sea and sky and learning techniques for creating depth in our paintings. During leisurely walks, we'll explore the sea cliffs and beaches with our kits in hand, sketching, painting, and adding notes and prose to our pages. This workshop is designed to be a safe place for beginners and experienced nature journalers alike. Accommodations included at the Historic Lifeboat Station. **$55 kit fee required payable to instructor on the first day of class. Students who have taken Kristin's classes in the past may bring their own kits. No substitutions please.**

Instructed by Kristin Meuser

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

-Youth, ages 12 and up, are welcome with adult supervision.

-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:

A chair for outdoor seating
Writing Utensils and Journal
Hat and sun screen.
Comfortable walking shoes
WARM sleeping bag and pillow (linens not provided for bunkbeds, mattress only)
Extra sleeping pad for comfort (optional, but the provided mattress is fairly thin)
Ear plugs (in case of snorers)
Personal toiletries (shampoo, soap, bath towel, etc.)
Insect repellant
Flashlight or headlamp

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.

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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