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The Kelp Forest

Life in the Kelp Forest

Our May speaker, Dr. James Watanabe, will be taking us under the ocean to one of our most important habitats:  the kelp forest.  In his talk Jim will cover some basics about giant kelp including where it lives and how it gets there but also teach us more in-depth about this amazing alga, discussing what factors limit the growth or even occurrence of giant kelp in an ecosystem.  He will also delve into some stories about the inhabitants of this rich marine forest- their interactions that influence where we find them and their population density: for instance, how different snail species defend themselves against their sea star predators.

Jim has been a full-time lecturer at Hopkins Marine Station since 1994, teaching undergraduate courses ranging from introductory biology to ecology, invertebrate zoology and statistics.  Prior to Hopkins, for 10 years he ran the research program at the Monterey Bay Aquarium.  His research interests focus on the fields of invertebrate zoology and marine ecology, with a particular emphasis on kelp forests and rocky intertidal communities.

For our refresher, Mary Conway will step lightly through our new tide pools brochure with fascinating photos of the creatures that live in Point Lobos tide pools and some tips on leading a tide pool walk.

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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

  • Thu, 04/24/2014 - 11:00am
    Whalers Cabin
    Vicki Odello
  • Sat, 04/26/2014 - 10:00am
    Information Station
    Rick Pettit
  • Sun, 04/27/2014 - 10:30am
    Information Station
    Lois Hazard


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Scheduled School Walks

Check out the school walks that have been reserved by schools on the website

Interested in Volunteering?

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