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

— General walk at Piney Woods

California State Parks Week: Many factors, including climate change, have affected the environment and biodiversity in and around Point Lobos. Impacts have been seen culturally, ecologically, and economically. We will discuss the past and future of plants and animals at Point Lobos as we walk along the South Shore trail. Dress in layers and wear sturdy walking shoes. Meet at the entrance to South Shore trail across from the Piney Wood parking lot. 

— 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 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.

— Birds walk at Bird Island Parking Area

With hundreds of cormorant pairs returning to nest, Bird Island is a very lively place in late spring.  Your docent guides will be carrying a spotting scope for close views and will point out other birds and animals, which may include Brown Pelicans, Pigeon Guillemots, Black Crowned Night Herons, Harbor Seal pups and their moms, and Southern Sea Otters.

— General walk at Information Station

Sights, Sounds, and Scents of the Sea

We will walk the iconic Cypress Grove trail through the enchanting Cypress Forest, discussing the different habitats, plants and wildlife we encounter, and we will touch on the history of the native peoples whose ancestral land includes Point Lobos.

— Women walk at Whalers Cabin

Celebrate State Parks week by taking 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

This public walk is presented as an event for State Parks week, and participants will meet at the Weston Beach parking lot in Point Lobos.

Geological features at Point Lobos can be appreciated simply for their spectacular beauty but understanding what they are and how they got here will greatly enhance your enjoyment.  Join docent Randy to see close up, touch and compare the major rock types at Point Lobos and gain insight on how various rock formations at Point Lobos relate to plate tectonic and other geological processes.  We will be walking on some uneven ground, so please wear walking shoes or hiking boots with a good gripping sole.  Flat soled sneakers or boat shoes are not adequate.  If you have concerns about your balance, you may wish to bring a walking pole.

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 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.

CANCELLED— 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
— General walk at Information Station
— Easy-Access Adventure walk at Sea Lion Point Trail

Between 10am and 12noon, visitors of all abilities are invited to experience our accessible, Sea Lion Point trail. Docents with scopes, binoculars, marine mammal pelts and information will be stationed along the trail for all to go at their own pace. As well as enjoying our beautiful, flat coastal trail, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and migrating whales may be seen! 

— 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.

— General walk at Information Station

Walk Theme: Habitats of Point Lobos.  A discussion of plant and animal habitats in Point Lobos, including both land and ocean.  We will walk the Cypress Grove Trail, a relatively easy 0.8 mile loop with a little bit of climbing required as we round Pinnacle Point.  Not recommended for strollers unless you have someone to help carry them.  Guaranteed to be both informative and fun!  Meet at the Info Station parking lot.  Walk guided by Peter Fletcher.

CANCELLED— 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.

 

 
— 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

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

— Plants 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.

— Tide Pools walk at Weston Beach

The Weston Beach tide pools have a wide array of intertidal wildlife, thriving under the protection of the reserve and in an interesting geologic zone.  Come see what we can find at the morning low tide, one of the few "minus" tides of the summer.   The tide reaches its lowest point at 8:45 a.m. Sturdy shoes or boots advised.  

— 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