Earth Day 2011 and National Park Week in Point Reyes

Earthday at Point Reyes

Earthday at Point Reyes

No plans for National Park Week? Didn’t even know National Park existed? It does, and it’s fast approaching — it starts Saturday, April 16 and continues through Sunday, April 24. Not coincidentally, Earth Day is scheduled for Friday, April 22nd. As one of the most beautiful places on the planet, Point Reyes National Seashore (PRNS) is a great place to celebrate both occasions.

The PRNS staff is organizing a number of events to help commemorate Earth Day and National Park Week. On Friday, for example, its offering a free lecture entitled “Tracking Climate Change from Antarctica to Point Reyes,” which will, in part, feature Dr. Ben Becker, marine ecologist at Point Reyes National Seashore, talking about how climate change is impacting the ecosystems of Point Reyes, and what the National Park Service is doing to try to mitigate this impact. If you’re interested, the lecture takes place in the Red Barn Classroom at the Bear Valley Visitor Center, at 6:30 p.m on Earth Day, April 22. Directions here.

On Saturday, April 23, all sorts of activities will be taking place, including trail stewardship and beach cleanup opportunities, a community picnic, and a guided tour of the Earthquake trail. Look here for complete details.

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