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
— General walk at Information Station

Sights, Sounds and Scents of the Sea. We will walk the Cypress Grove Trail, through Coastal Scrub, Monterey Cypress Forest, and around Pinnacle Point, enjoying views of the open ocean and Sea Lion Point from the edge of the continent, as we discuss plant & animal habitats we find along the way.

— General walk at Entrance Station

Join a docent for an early morning stroll to witness the Reserve and it’s wildlife gradually transitioning to human presence. Walk will include The Pit and Coal Chute Point and will be tailored for anyone needling full accessibility. 

— Family Centered walk at Bird Island Parking Area

Storytelling on the environment and climate action. 

— General walk at Information Station

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

— Wildflowers walk at Whalers Cabin

Lets see what might be blooming!  Are there any California native orchids still blooming behind the cabin? Will there still be any native California roses blooming?  Bring water, a sun hat and a California wildflower book if you have one. No prior knowledge of California native wildflowers required.

— Artists of Point Lobos walk at Information Station

Follow in the footsteps of artists who were inspired by the beauty of Point Lobos in the early to mid-20th century. We will focus on the Cypress Grove Trail area, and study artists including Pedro de Lemos, E. Charlton Fortune, Chiura Obata, William Ritschel, Mary de Neale Morgan, and Edward Weston.   

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

Sights, Sounds and Scents of the Sea. We will walk the Cypress Grove Trail, through Coastal Scrub, Monterey Cypress Forest, and around Pinnacle Point, enjoying views of the open ocean and Sea Lion Point from the edge of the continent, as we discuss plant & animal habitats we find along the way.

— General walk at Information Station