Brown Bag Presentations

Brown Bag Presentations. Photo Credits: Jessica Weinberg, NPS.

The Pacific Coast Science and Learning Center presents science-oriented talks in the Red Barn Classroom at Point Reyes National Seashore. The Golden Gate National Recreation Area also holds presentations at Ft. Mason Building 201. These “brown-bag” lunch talks are usually held at noon, and last approximately 45 minutes. All are welcome and admission is free.

Upcoming Brown Bag Lectures:

Golden Gate National Recreation Area

Nothing scheduled at this time 

To get to Fort Mason:
A map and directions for Ft. Mason can be found here. After turning off of Bay St., proceed straight ahead to MacArthur Ave. Building 201 is the large white building with the green roof directly ahead and to the left. Visitor parking is available in front of the building and in other marked areas.

Point Reyes National Seashore      

Fly agaric

"Fungus Fair at Point Reyes Bear Valley Visitor Center"
Sunday, January 3, 2016 (at the Bear Valley Visitor Center), 10am-4pm 
Fungi from the park will be on display and experts available to answer questions throughout the day.
Fungi Lectures are in the Bear Valley Visitor Center Auditorium:
         12:00 pm, Introduction to Wild and Edible Mushrooms, David Rust
         2:00 pm, Amanitarita’s Freaky and Fabulous Fungi, Debbie Viess
More info:
(Also: Join local mushroom walks on Saturday, January 2nd. Meet at the Bear Valley Visitor Center at 10:00 a.m. Bring your finds to the Red Barn at 1:00 p.m. for identification. Park visitors and local residents are welcome to participate!).

Friday, January 8, 2016 (at the Red Barn Classroom), 6-7:30pm 

"Of Mice and Plants"
Speakers: Dr. Tiffany Knight and Dr. Eleanor Pardini,  Washington University, St. Louis, MO. 
Summary: Native mice on sand dunes consume the seeds of plants.  Recent research at Point Reyes National Seashore has shown that invasive European beachgrass provides shelter that allows mice to consume large quantities of fruits of the endangered plant, Tidestrom’s lupine.  The recent large-scale restoration at Abbotts Lagoon, which has removed European beachgrass, has allowed for an incredible recovery of this endangered plant at this site.

"Secretive inhabitant of the beach and dunes: Snowy Plovers on the West Coast"
 Speaker: Lynne Stenzel, Point Blue Conservation Science  
Summary: You find Snowy Plovers year-round on our coastal beaches and dunes, habitats they share with an ever-increasing human population.  Learn their intriguing life-history and hear how the public, government agencies, and non-profit organizations have collaborated to recover their populations in many locations along the coast.

Invasive tunicate coating eelgrass

"Overgrowth of eelgrass by an invasive tunicate in Tomales Bay"
Thursday, January 14, 2016 (at the Red Barn Classroom), 12pm 
Speaker: Holly Long, M.S., Bodega Marine Lab - UC Davis, Mosaic Associates 
More info:

Bird carcass filled with bits of colored plastic

"Threat of plastic pollution to seabirds is global, pervasive, and increasing"
Friday, January 15, 2016 (at the Red Barn Classroom), 12pm 
Speaker: Dr. Chris Wilcox and Dr. Denise Hardesty, Senior Research Scientists,  Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia  
Summary: This paper was published in the August 2015 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and was widely reported by the national and international media.
More info:

Fog rolling through Bay Area hills

"Climate change and conservation in the Bay Area: Visualizing the future"
Thursday, February 4, 2016 (at the Red Barn Classroom), 12pm
Speaker: David Ackerly, Ph.D., Professor, UC Berkeley
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Whale fossil being carried along a beach"Coastal Paleontology Monitoring at Point Reyes"
Thursday, February 18, 2016 (at the Red Barn Classroom), 12pm
Speaker: Lillian Pearson, Geological Society of America Intern, Point Reyes National Seashore Association Intern, UC Berkeley Museum of Paleontology


To get to the Red Barn Classroom:
After turning off of Bear Valley Road, proceed up the two-lane, paved driveway toward the Bear Valley Visitor Center. You will see the Red Barn on the left and after about 0.1 miles, there is a brown road sign pointing left to the Red Barn Classroom. Turn left on to the gravel driveway and proceed across the bridge to the parking lot. The Red Barn Classroom is on the end closest to this parking lot.