Join us for Free Youth & Family Programming at the Festival
in partnership with Amigos Alados
Calling all families with fledglings ages 3 - 16! Bring your brood out to Point Reyes Station on Saturday, April 27 to learn more about bird life at the 10th anniversary of the Point Reyes Birding & Nature Festival.
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 | 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Where: 65 Third Street | Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(on the green lawn next to the EAC office and Cowgirl Creamery)
*Location may be adjusted due to weather
RSVP, Dress WILD
Wear layers, and dress wild for the this nature festival. Bring a blanket, picnic lunch and drinks. Restrooms available behind the Palace Market.
Pick up your birder passport at the Amigos Alados or EAC tables, and collect a stamp from each activity station to receive a goodie bag once you have completed the activities.
10 AM - 11 AM
Our event will kick off with a special live bird ambassador presentation from The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County. Docents will bring two Live Bird Ambassadors — (a resident owl and hawk, whose permanent disabilities have made them non-releasable). This is a rare and memorable opportunity to see these wild birds up-close, and learn about our native bird species, their fascinating adaptations and the essential roles they play in our local ecosystems. The Bird Rescue Center of Sonoma County is a rehabilitation center for wild native birds. Their mission is to assist in the rescue, treatment and release of injured, orphaned or ill birds in the northern San Francisco Bay Area, and to educate the public regarding their ecological importance. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Please help us keep the birds calm, take a seat, and listen with your owl ears!
11 AM - 12 PM & 1 PM - 2 PM
Bilingual Family Nature Discovery Walks In The Giacomini Wetlands with Juan Carlos-Solis.
Juan-Carlos is the founder and expedition leader of QuetzalAdventures.com and a Programs Specialist for Sonoma Water. He is passionate about connecting people to nature and designing programs to experience our planet first-hand. He’s a seasoned expedition leader and naturalist with 20 years of experience managing and leading local trips in California and in all of the world’s 7 continents. While working as Public Programs Manager for the California Academy of Sciences for 9 years and Field Associate for the Ornithology and Mammalogy Research Department, he led several local and international natural history programs including Academy Travel Expeditions to Antarctica, Baja California, Mexico and Canada’s West Coast. He continues to lead trips for other companies and has lectured on environmental education topics in India, Australia, Panama, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, and most recently in Sweden. Throughout his career, Juan-Carlos has been praised for his hands-on teaching style, enthusiasm and vision for environmental education. He pioneered the delivery of interpretive programming at the California Academy of Sciences and significantly contributed to the design of the highly interactive model of the new Academy. Moreover, as Director of Education for WildCare, he founded new programs serving thousands of children and families with field trips to some of the Bay Area’s most beautiful parks, including Muir Woods, China Camp and Spring Lake. Through one of these programs, WildCare Family Adventures, and in collaboration with the Audubon Society and Point Blue (former PRBO) he organized the very first bilingual / bicultural Christmas Bird Count for Latino families in the United States in 2009.
Binocular Boot Camp (learn how to use binoculars and about the 16 birds who migrate between Marin and Mexico)
Visit the Bear Valley Visitor Center to see Amigos Alados art and pen pal letters in the auditorium hallway.
Check out Bird Books & Backpacks at the Point Reyes Library or at our event!
Interested in birds, but don't have the tools? Individuals and families are encouraged to visit the Point Reyes Library during open hours to check out a bird backpack, which includes:
A full size pair of binoculars
A bird diagram
Bird guide book
Marin County local bird chart
Some backpacks may be available in Bolinas or Stinson Beach. Call each location for details. View locations and contact info.
2018 Story Time with Marin County Free Library & EAC Was a Great Success!
On Monday, April 16th, 2018 EAC partnered up with Marin County Free Library to visit Papermill Preschool for story time focused on birds. We read two books, which helped engage the youth in understanding birds, where they live, how they eat, and more. EAC brought a touch table of stuffed birds, nests, books, feathers, feet and beak visuals, plus coloring pages on bird parts, types of bird, and more. We dissected Barn owl pellets and found two skulls of small rodents, plus other random bones to the surprise and delight of the youngsters.