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PLSNR will be closed on Wednesday 2/22. Melissa

We hope to open again on Thursday, Feb. 23. The additional day will allow the trails to drain a bit and give our crews an extra day to clear the downed trees.

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The Ocean and Climate Change

Our speaker for March 4 will be Jim Barry, Senior Scientist at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI), who will speak on a most timely topic --  "How is climate change affecting the ocean - from the surface to the deep sea and from sea snails to society?"

Dr.  Barry is a marine ecologist whose research focuses on the consequences of climate-related changes in ocean conditions, including ocean acidification, warming, and reduced oxygen levels, for marine organisms and ecosystems. His research spans topics in deep-sea biology, the ecology of chemosynthetic biological communities, polar marine ecology and the biology of submarine canyon communities.  The ocean has become more acidic over the past few decades because of increased levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide, which dissolves in the water. Higher acidity affects the balance of minerals in the water, which can make it more difficult for certain marine animals to build their protective skeletons or shells. Independent analyses show that the amount of heat stored in the ocean has increased substantially since the 1950s. Ocean heat content not only determines sea surface temperature, but also affects sea level and currents. 

Dr. Barry has published over 100 scientific papers, and has helped inform the public and policy-makers on ocean acidification, ocean carbon sequestration and climate change by speaking at congressional hearings, briefings and meetings with members of Congress.

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Mission Statements


To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Docent volunteers serve as a visible representative of California State Parks at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve promoting the California State Parks mission.  These four simple words -- preserve, protect, educate and interpret -- sum up the docent experience. 


Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.

Docent Log-in

Docent led walks

  • Tue, 02/21/2017 - 1:00pm
    Information Station
    Nelson Balcar
  • Thu, 02/23/2017 - 12:30pm
    Information Station
    Daniel Turner
  • Fri, 02/24/2017 - 11:30am
    Information Station
    Randy May


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School Walks

To schedule a school field trip please contact Melissa Gobell, School Coordinator at:  (831) 625-1470

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers needed to be interpretive guides for visitors.  Interested?  For training schedule contact:  Melissa Gobell, Docent Coordinator  (831) 625-1470