Exploring Tidepools

Sea Stars

In the bright California sunshine, surrounded by soft sand beaches and sweeping shoreline vistas, it is easy to overlook the small but the astounding world inside a tidepool. If you walk along the water's edge, where mud and rock meet the salty sea, there are thrilling sights, colors, textures, plants, and animals that have adapted to survive in this raucous, dynamic environment.

Ochre sea stars, aggregated anemones, gooseneck barnacles, and periwinkle snails are just a few of the amazing creatures that inhabit this ever-changing inter-tidal zone. We will explore the incredible adaptations and animal behaviors that allow tidal creatures to thrive amidst the strong forces created where the sea meets the land. We will peek into a world where species have remained unchanged for millions of years and discover a place full of stories of survival, partnership, war, food, and family. In this small pool of water, we can begin to see the unity and connection between all living things on our planet.

With the cool ocean breeze in our hair and the warm sun on our faces, we will wander the beach in search of extraordinary creatures and enjoy a delicious snack while watching the ocean play against the shore.

Join us and find out what treasures lie beneath the sea!

Where: The beaches we choose for these adventures vary depending on the
........... weather, tide, and wildlife sighting. You will be given the exact
............locations when you register.

Time: Dependent on low tide and location

Price: $65 - Includes snack. Children 7 and under come free when accompanied by an adult!

Schools: Group Discounts Available: Groups of 24+: $35 per person. Other discounts may apply. 

             *Student groups must provide chaperones in a ratio of 1 adult: 7 children.

Dates: See Calendar or call for dates

Preparing for Your Trip
The success of any journey is often based on well prepared participants. The most important contribution you can make is to arrive on time prepared and eager to enjoy the trip. When getting ready for your trip, please make sure that you understand the directions and allow yourself plenty of travel time. It is very important to be appropriately dressed to insure your comfort and enjoyment. Please study and follow the Clothing Recommendations provided.

Food
To complement this exceptional adventure PRO provides a wonderful snack prepared locally using organically grown produce, baked breads, and local cheeses. Please let us know if you have special dietary needs.

Your Guides
PRO takes pride in the quality and skill level of your guides. Impeccably trained, they bring a wealth of knowledge and proficiency to each trip. With expertise in group facilitation, natural history, wilderness first aid, and marine biology, your guides are ready to provide you with a safe, relaxing, and enjoyable experience. As a trip’s success and safety depends on their judgment, we ask that you respect and support their decisions.

Directions
The following are directions to the Point Reyes Seashore. Directions to the specific beaches will be included in the trip information you receive when you register. Have a safe and enjoyable drive and please do your best to be on time!

Southern Marin County
From Highway 101, take Sir Francis Drake Blvd. west for approximately 20 miles to the junction with Highway 1 in Olema. Turn right (north) on Highway 1. Travel ½ mile to Bear Valley Road, You will see the Point Reyes National Seashore Visitor Center sign; turn left onto Bear Valley Road. Drive 2.5 miles to the stop sign at Sir Francis Drake Blvd. and turn left. Drive through the towns of Inverness Park and Inverness and watch your speed. Follow Sir Francis Drake for approximately 8 miles to the coast. It takes about an hour from HWY 101 in Central Marin County and about 1 ½ hours from the Golden Gate Bridge.

Northern Marin County
From Novato, take Novato Blvd. west approximately 8 miles to Point Reyes Petaluma Road. Turn left and continue west for 10 miles to the junction with Highway 1. Turn left on HWY 1 and travel through Point Reyes Station to Sir Francis Drake Blvd., just after the green bridge. Turn right on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Drive through the towns of Inverness Park and Inverness and watch your speed. Follow Sir Francis Drake for approximately 8 miles to the coast. It takes about an hour from 101 in Novato.

Southern Sonoma County
From Petaluma, go west on D Street, which turns into Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. Continue west for 14 miles to the junction with Highway 1. Turn left on HWY 1 and travel through Point Reyes Station to Sir Francis Drake Blvd., just after the green bridge. Turn right on Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Drive through the towns of Inverness Park and Inverness and watch your speed. Follow Sir Francis Drake for approximately 8 miles to the coast. It takes about an hour from Petaluma.