Point Reyes National Seashore Association – Dinner on the Pacific Plate 2017
Auction Ends: Oct 11, 2017 06:00 PM PDT

Park Adventures

Elephant Seals for Lunch! with Dr. Sarah Allen & Jennifer Stock for 10, Children Welcome!

Item Number
Estimated Value
$500 USD to jb244fc6e
Number of Bids
1  -  Bid History

Item Description

Point Reyes National Seashore is surrounded by some of the most productive ocean waters in the world! The Seashore is perfectly situated for us to enjoy and watch how animals use coastal beaches and headlands. Join Dr. Sarah Allen, National Park Service, and Jennifer Stock, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for this exciting and educational two-part adventure!

First, you'll visit Chimney Rock where there is a significant elephant seal colony during their pupping season. You'll use scopes to look down on the colony from a safe distance and observe what is happening with the colony at that time. Sarah Allen will share her extensive knowledge about the National Park Service and Marine Protected Areas, and about the seals, their return from the brink of extinction and why they are thriving today. You'll hop in your vehicles and head west to the Point Reyes Lighthouse.

Walking along the coastal headlands, you'll look for seabirds, marine mammals and more and talk about the unique oceanographic system that makes this part of the Pacific Ocean so incredibly diverse and rich with marine life. We'll explore the Ocean Exploration Center and learn about what lives under the surface of the ocean and how National Marine Sanctuaries work to protect this region from threats. Learn about shallow and deep-sea exploration in the sanctuaries and what we can do to help protect these special places. We'll enjoy the coastal views and wildlife and share our collective knowledge from our work as scientist and educator.

As part of this excursion you'll receive a $100 gift certificate from the Palace Market in Point Reyes Station, and one copy each of "Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast" by Dr. Allen, Joe Mortenson and Sophie Webb, and "Elephant Seals: A Comprehensive Guide" by Carole and Phil Adams, courtesy of the PRNSA Bookstore at Drakes Beach.

This exciting and educational park adventure is suitable for up to ten people, and is great for families and kids, including children ages 8 years and up who are up for hiking short distances.

If you have binoculars, bring them; we'll have a scope and identification guides.

Choose from any of the following dates: December 7, 8, 14 or 15, 2017; January 4, 5, 18, 25 or 26, 2018; or February 1, 2, 8 or 9, 2018. These dates are selected as ideal elephant seal viewing during their annual Point Reyes haul out.

Your adventure must be booked by December 1, 2017.

This is adventure is predominantly outside and can be subject to rain and/or wind. If extreme weather presents itself, we will reschedule within reason.

Sarah Allen is experienced broadly in ecology, wildlife management and marine protected areas, including more specifically in marine birds and mammals. Currently, she is the Science Program Lead for the National Park Service in the Pacific West Region and Research Coordinator for the Californian Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit at UC Berkeley.

She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and has authored and co-authored numerous publications, including the UC Press, Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast: Baja, California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia.

Jennifer Stock has been a coastal/marine educator for over 20 years with the National Park Service, Guided Discoveries Inc., and NOAA/National Marine Sanctuaries. Currently, she is the education and outreach coordinator for NOAA's Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary which is just off the shores of Point Reyes National Seashore and works on bringing the ocean to communities through education programs, exhibits, multimedia including telepresence, and outdoor exploration.

She works locally, regionally and nationally to increase awareness about the role of a healthy ocean in our lives. Jennifer received her BA from the University of Delaware and MS.ED from Dominican University of California.

The Palace Market in Point Reyes Station is a longtime and enthusiastic partner of PRNSA and Point Reyes National Seashore, with a full service deli, provisions, fresh produce, a cheese counter and much more. We thank them for their support of our environmental education programs for young people and adults!

To get the most out of your visit to Point Reyes National Seashore, stop by one of PRNSA's Visitor Center Bookstores. You'll find guides that will enhance your exploration of the Seashore's spectacular beaches, woodlands and wetlands. You'll find natural and cultural histories, children's books, maps, posters, field guides and a wide range of nature-inspired books and gifts. Whether you're heading out for a day of bird watching, hiking, whale watching or wildflower study, PRNSA's bookstores are a great place to start.
PRNSA's Drake's Beach Bookstore stocks a selection of apparel and field guides in addition to a wide variety of snacks, drinks, and hot coffee to provision your excursion to the Headlands.

Visit the Point Reyes elephant seals and learn about marine mammals of the Pacific coast, bid today!

Special Instructions

Funds from the Dinner on the Pacific Plate Auction support important park preservation and environmental education projects at Point Reyes National Seashore, located just 90 minutes northwest of San Francisco on the Marin County coast. All winning bids made above fair market value are tax-deductible.

This package includes:

( 1 ) Walk with Dr. Sarah Allen of the National Park Service and Jennifer Stock of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration during elephant seal breeding season along Drakes Beach at low tide in winter (Devember 2017 through February 2018).

Suitable for up to eight people; great for families and kids, including children ages 8 years and up who are up for hiking short distances. We will connect you with the donor following auction close.

(1) $100 gift certificate from the Palace Market in Point Reyes Station.

(1) Copy of "Field Guide to Marine Mammals of the Pacific Coast" 

(1) Copy of "Elephant Seals: A Comprehensive Guide".

Package expires February 9, 2018.

Following close of auction on October 11, you will be connected with Dr. Allen. Your books will be mailed to you.

Learn more about our donors at:

The Palace Market

PRNSA Bookstores




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