March Docent Speaker - Kim Akeman

Even more than our Susie Pair, Kim Akeman has become a “mother seal” with her devotion to the speckled critters she’s been watching, photographing and talking about for the past decade. It’s “her” harbor seals that crawl out onto the beaches or pull themselves up onto rocks, even naming some of them. Her passion will be on display when she presents at our March 7 docent meeting.

For the past 10 years Kim has been a docent in Bay Net, the shoreline naturalists for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary and have spent over 18,000 hours with “her” seals. Kim promises to convince everyone that harbor seals are unique creatures with their own personalities, not just lifeless blobs on the beach.

Mission Statements

CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS

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. 

POINT LOBOS FOUNDATION

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.