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.

Upcoming Public Guided Walks

— Wildflowers walk at Information Station

A wildflower walk out to the Old Veteran view, up to whalers knoll, out to the Guillemot Island view and back to info. Bring water and a hat. Approximately 1.5 hours.

— Tide Pools walk at Weston Beach

Come join experienced docents as we explore the wonders of the negative low tide at Weston Beach.  Tide pool creatures have so many different and fascinating ways of adapting to this 'unnatural' experience of being exposed to air, sun, wind, and more, come explore with us!

— Family Centered walk at Whalers Cabin

Storytelling Hour for all ages. This is not a walk. Stories about the environment and conversations about climate change.

— General walk at Information Station
— General walk at Information Station

Enjoy an exceptionally beautiful walk along seaside cliffs and through the unique Cypress Grove. Learn about plants in bloom, the many land and sea animals living around the Reserve, and the history of Point Lobos.

— Family Centered walk at Whalers Cabin

Storytelling Hour for all ages. This is not a walk. Stories about the environment and conversations about climate change.

— General walk at Information Station

The walk will include discussions of the cultural history and the natural wonders of Point Lobos.

— General walk at Information Station

This walk will cover the plants, animals, cultural history, and geology of the Cypress Grove trail.  

— General walk at Information Station

The walk will include discussions of the cultural history and the natural wonders of Point Lobos.

— General walk at Information Station

On this general public walk we will see beautiful vistas,  observe the native flora, fauna and geologic features of the reserve and learn briefly about the historical peoples who lived on the land that is now the reserve. Families welcome!