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At the November Docent Meeting, Judith Connor will describe some of the “seasonal secrets of Point Lobos seaweeds.” Many of us relish observing annual cycles (and rain!) on the Central Coast and their effects on our landscapes. But do you wonder about cyclical changes in Monterey Bay? The spectacular seaweeds along our coast respond to seasonal changes too, such that intertidal seaweeds and the kelp forests offshore look different in spring, summer, and late fall. We’ll explore different seaweed species and their life histories during the Monterey Bay seasons to reveal mysteries and interactions in the complex communities below the waves. 

Judith Connor directs external affairs at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute working with a talented team of researchers, technicians, and communicators, and serving on MBARI's senior management team. A writer and teacher of natural history, she has a special interest in California native plants and seaweeds. Connor volunteers at the Elkhorn Slough Foundation on its board of directors and as chair of its land committee.

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Gate Greeting

We should have a gate greeter every weekend.   Signup for at least a one hour shift (longer if you can) on the Public Activities Calendar.  To get up-to-speed, the welcome to Point Lobos gate greeting video is  available on this website.  Paul Reps takes you through the steps to sucessfully welcome visitors to the Reserve, provide them with the map/brochure and send them off on the right trails (the new Lace Lichen for one!) for their Point Lobos adventures. 

The 7 minute video of the procedures, is at Resources / Adm / Docent Procedures, or click here:  GATE GREETING

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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. 
To advance visitors' enjoyment and understanding of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to protect its natural environment for future generations and to strengthen the Monterey County network of coastal California State Parks.

Docent Log-in

Docent led walks

  • Tue, 10/13/2015 - 1:00pm
    Information Station
    Nelson Balcar
  • Thu, 10/15/2015 - 12:00pm
    Information Station
    Daniel Turner
  • Sun, 10/18/2015 - 11:15am
    Information Station
    Lois Hazard

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School Walks

To schedule a school field trip please contact Melissa Gobell, School Coordinator at:
melissa.gobell@parks.ca.gov  (831) 625-1470

Interested in Volunteering?

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