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Point Reyes National Seashore For Kids

Point Reyes National Seashore is home to nearly forty species of land mammals, and at least a dozen species of marine mammals. Nearly half the bird species of North America have been spotted here. The park is home to one of the largest populations of tule elk and a thriving breeding ground for the once nearly extinct elephant seals. Jutting 10 miles into the Pacific Ocean, Point Reyes offers one of the best spots for viewing the migrations of the California gray whale.

Junior Ranger Program

Point Reyes National Seashore offers lots of fun opportunities for kids. While at Point Reyes, children can discover the wonders of wildlife watching, hike along a variety of trails, build sand castles, watch for whales, seals and sea lions, discover the lighthouse, check out our visitor centers with interactive displays, or become a Junior Ranger! We have two self-guided Junior Ranger programs. One is a study at the lighthouse, while the other explores the history of the Coast Miwok people. Stop at the Bear Valley Visitor Center or the Lighthouse Visitor Center for more information on becoming a Junior Ranger.

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