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River in Ruin or River in Recovery?

In 1999 the Carmel River was declared one of the top 10 most endangered rivers in the country, and in his recent book, Ray March called it a “River in Ruin.”  At our March Docent meeting, Lorin Letendre will present the state of our river today and how far has it come from an endangered status.  

Although many improvements have been made to this important riparian habitat, human development in the form of water diversions, levees, bridges, and buildings has dramatically altered the river, diminished and redirected flows, and threatened associated ecosystems.

Lorin is a primary leader in the Carmel River restoration projects, and he will provide answers for what we can do to restore it to its original healthy and natural conditions, and what the future holds for our primary water supply.

Lorin Letendre is the Executive Director of the Carmel River Watershed Conservancy and Chair of the Carmel River Task Force, and the former Chairman and CEO of CPP Inc, publisher of the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and other leading career and personality tests and Director of Marketing of National Geographic Society’s Science and Social Studies Division.

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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.

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Docent led walks

  • Sun, 02/25/2018 - 10:00am
    Information Station
    Jonathan Briggs
  • Mon, 02/26/2018 - 11:30am
    Information Station
    Robert Andonian
  • Tue, 02/27/2018 - 11:30am
    Information Station
    Gregg Margossian


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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