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

CANCELLED— General walk at Information Station

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

— General walk at Whalers Cabin

Join docent Randy for a walk from Whalers Cove to Coal Chute Point and Granite Point, breathtakingly beautiful but relatively little-traveled areas of our Reserve.  This is an area where human history and our natural environment are intimately connected, and as we look for birds, animals and flowers, you will also learn about human activities that have come and gone over time.

— Plants walk at Information Station
— Cypress Grove Treasures walk at Information Station

Although the wonder and beauty is everywhere at Point Lobos, the Cypress Grove Trail surrounding Allan Memorial Grove is the heart of the Reserve.  Please join me as we explore the six habitats we will encounter-exploring wildlife, plant life, and geology unique here.  The Allan Memorial Grove invites a look into the history of P.L. and the Monterey Bay.  Docent Doug

— General walk at Information Station
CANCELLED— Women walk at Whalers Cabin

Take an easy one-mile round trip walk along the Granite Point trail in Whaler’s Cove to learn about the lives of nine extraordinary women whose efforts shaped and preserved this land.  During our 1 ½ hour and stroll, we’ll revel in the beauty of the reserve as we celebrate the vision, labor and passion of those in the past who made it all possible.

— Geology walk at Weston Beach

Join docent Randy for a geology walk in the Weston and Hidden Beach areas. You will see close up, touch and compare the major rock types at Point Lobos, and we will seek out trace fossils on the rocky shore.  You will also learn how the beautiful rock formations at Point Lobos relate to plate tectonic and other geological processes.

 

— 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
— General walk at Whalers Parking Lot

Walk Theme: Geology, Habitats and Human History of Point Lobos.  This is an easy walk along the Granite Point Trail around Whaler's Cove, and we'll discuss the plant and animal communities, the geology that made Point Lobos possible, and the story of human habitation of Point Lobos. Maybe a chemistry lesson, a physics lesson or even a poem.  But guaranteed to be both informative and fun. Meet in the Whalers Cove parking lot.  Walk guided by Peter Fletcher.

— General walk at Whalers Cabin

Join docent Randy for a walk from Whalers Cove to Coal Chute Point and Granite Point, breathtakingly beautiful but relatively little-traveled areas of our Reserve.  This is an area where human history and our natural environment are intimately connected, and as we look for birds, animals and flowers, you will also learn about human activities that have come and gone over time.

— General walk at Information Station

WONDERS OF POINT LOBOS docent-guided walk. Join this easy-paced, 1-hour walk and learn about the unique geology, human history, plant and animal habitats and the many special attributes that make the Point Lobos State Reserve a one-of-a-kind coastal environment.  

— General walk at Information Station

Join docent Randy for a guided walk around the Cypress Grove trail.  We will keep a close eye out for marine mammals, shore birds and other wildlife while appreciating the lush plant life and stunning scenery all around us.  Learn how sea otters have come and gone from the central coast, and how our deep marine canyons support the animals you see on the surface.