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5 Unique Ways to Connect With Nature in Marin

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Posted Thursday, May 10, 2018 by MCVB Staff

By John Egan

Conservationist and explorer John Muir, the namesake of Marin County’s spectacular Muir Woods National Monument, is alternately known as the “Father of Our National Parks,” the “Wilderness Prophet” and “John of the Mountains.” Therefore, to say that Muir was in touch with nature is an understatement as big as the redwood trees themselves. “In every walk with nature,” Muir once wrote, “one receives far more than he seeks.”

With abundantly diverse and protected habitats, from salt marshes to woodlands, Marin County is the perfect place to disconnect from work and reconnect with nature. Check out these upcoming events that put a unique spin on your connection to and understanding of the environment and ourselves.

Basketry Garden Tour at Marin Art & Garden Center

May 18, 2018; 10 a.m. to noon; free admission

Love nature, and passionate about arts and crafts? Join basket weaver Charlie Kennard of San Anselmo for a fascinating tour of the basketry plant garden at the Marin Art & Garden Center, which has “long inspired artist, gardener, and conservationist alike with [its] shady gardens and sunlit lawns.” About 70 species of fiber plants will be on display, along with baskets, woven fences and straw beehives.

Heidrun Meadery’s “Bee, Experienced”
May 20, June 24, July 22, Aug. 26 and Sept. 23, 2018; $90 per person, $5 discount for members of Club Mead

You’ll be buzzing with excitement at this event, held on five Sundays over the course of five months.

The expert beekeepers at Heidrun Meadery in Point Reyes Station will start with a horticultural tour of the winery and vineyard’s bee farmscape. Then everyone will put on beekeeping suits and head to the apiary to get an up-close look at working hives.

From those hives, visitors will pull frames covered with honey that will be extracted at Heidrun Meadery’s honey house. Visitors will even learn how to pour that honey into jars. Finally, everyone will retire to the patio for a well-deserved tasting of cordial mead.

Full-Moon Tour With Blue Waters Kayaking
May 28, 2018; 7:30 p.m; $78 per person, 13 years and older

There’s perhaps nothing more tranquil than a nighttime kayak tour. Fortunately, tour operators in Marin offer several exciting excursions.

Blue Waters Kayaking provides three nighttime tours. There’s a four-hour bioluminescence kayak tour of Tomales Bay, a three-hour moonlight tour of Tomales Bay, and an outing that combines the bioluminescence tour or the moonlight tour with an overnight camping trip.

On May 28, the full-moon tour will launch at sunset from Miller Boat Launch. Kayakers will experience the tranquility of the moon’s light reflecting off the surfaces of the water during this one-of-a-kind experience in nature.

Martin Griffin Preserve

Dates, times and admission vary

Audubon Canyon Ranch’s Martin Griffin Preserve covers 1,000 acres in West Marin, hosting more than 25 species of mammals, over 90 species of birds, 13 species of reptiles and eight species of amphibians.

Open to the public during the week by appointment, as well as on weekends and holidays from May through July, the preserve’s highlights include picnic areas, hiking trails and exploration zones for kids. Trained naturalists are on hand to answer questions.

A donation of $15 to $25 per person is suggested and supports Audubon Canyon Ranch, a nonprofit organization.

“Butterflies for Beginners” at Point Reyes National Seashore

June 2, 2018; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; $40 for members, $50 for non-members

Spread your wings and learn more about one of nature’s most beautiful and delicate creatures at “Butterflies for Beginners.” While exploring Muddy Hollow, instructor Wendy Dreskin will introduce visitors to about 10 species of butterflies and answer an array of butterfly questions.

For all you need to plan your Marin County vacation, visit the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website or Facebook page.

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