I invite you to join me in wishing Point Reyes National Seashore a happy 50th birthday by supporting the Point Reyes Trails Challenge! My family has loved visiting the Point Reyes National Seashore for 15 years and it has been such a thrill for me to work on behalf of this amazing park for the last two years. If you’ve been here you know the park is truly a place of unparalleled beauty, but did you know it is also the home of 32 endangered or threatened species?
To honor the park’s golden anniversary the Point Reyes National Seashore Association has created a Trails Challenge to encourage people to explore the park and raise funds to restore and enhance its 150 miles of trails. Trails are the red carpet that welcome people to the park and ours are in need of some extra care to make them more inviting to us humans and a true asset to the ecosystem.
FOR THE KIDS
As a national park, Point Reyes is here for all to enjoy. I'm proud to say that in the last year we have hosted camps and hikes along our trails for kids from all the youth groups I worked with in San Francisco...a neighborhood center, an elementary school and a program for homeless children. What a thrill it’s been seeing young people who live in the most densely populated neighborhood west of Manhattan exploring and experiencing nature in a way that is completely new for most of them. For kids like Buddy who live locally, what an amazing backyard!
There are lots of statistics about the positive physical and mental health benefits of spending time outdoors. I've seen first hand how kids relax, breathe easier, and become more curious while on the trails. I've also found that children who learn to love nature grow up to become adults who protect it and that's why one of the challenge tracks we've developed is the Family Challenge. It's goal is simple... get more kids and families reaping the benefits of time spent here at Point Reyes.
FOR ALL OF US
We've developed five different challenge tracks to encourage people of all interests to come out and play in our park. I've been spending a lot of time in my office lately, so I'm especially excited about this good excuse to be outdoors in my favorite park. My goal is to hike 50 miles of trails I've never visited. I'll begin hiking on June 2nd in celebration of National Trails Day. I hope you will join me on the trails and support my challenge with a gift to encourage me on my journey.
Donating through this website is simple, fast and totally secure and I am thrilled to let you know that your gift will be matched dollar for dollar thanks to a $50,000 matching fund that has been pledged by a pool of generous donors. All sizes of gifts are welcome and I've done the math to help you decide your level of support.
$.25/mile = $12.50 - trail visitor
$.50/mile = $25 - trail friend
$1.00/mile = $50 - trail scout
$2.00/mile = $100 - trail explorer
$5.00/mile = $250 - trail blazer
$10.00/mile = $500 - trail steward
If you love spending time at Point Reyes please consider registering for the Trails Challenge yourself. All the details can be found at www.ptreyes.org or by giving me a ring at (415) 663-1200 x 303.
PS: Looking for a guide for your own explorations? Check out this blog by local naturalist Jules Evens. He is hiking all 150 miles in the park this year and shares observations, musings, pictures and recordings along the way. He'll inspire you to look and listen a little more closely next time you visit the park. www.baynature.org/ptreyes-walkabout