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In-Person: The Poetry of Stream Ecosystems

January 30, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

| $50 – $60
Spend a relaxing day exploring Bear Valley Creek through science and poetry!

About this Event

Writing in the experimental and short form of poetry can open pathways to recording observations of place, and open our mind and perceptions to new insights. Whether you have a writing practice or just want fresh ways of connecting to nature, come spend a relaxing day exploring Bear Valley Creek through science and poetry!

We’ll observe relationships between streams and their surroundings, notice the marks of stream changes with storms and seasons, and consider the many kinds of life that depend on, and in turn shape, stream dynamics. As we explore these complex relationships, we’ll expand our own sensitivity, understanding and observational skills through sketching and writing. We’ll look at beauty through science and science through beauty, playfully probing the boundaries of our own categories and assumptions, using flowing water – that most constant and changeable substance – to inspire us.

There will be short walks between concentrated work, including alternating periods of reflection, observation and discussion. No previous experience with drawing, writing – or streams – required!

Todd Gilens is a Bay Area artist, garden designer and educator. In recent work he has assisted scientists surveying water in the Sierra Nevada, collected historic writing in archives, and researched the water concepts of ancient Greece and Rome.


-We will be meeting at the Bear Valley Visitor Center

– Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to check in

– Refunds available for all classes 7 days in advance of the start date, after 7 days and before 2 days, participants can credit their class for a future date. All requests before 48 hours in advance will be declined. For COVID cancellation policy, see below.

– Please follow the parking instructions for the facility used that day

– Please provide an email you check regularly for updates and reminders about your class

– Registration is required online prior to the event in order to maintain class sizes

– Sales end 48 hours before the start date.

– Waitlists are available when the class sells out

What to Bring:

Notebook or sketchpad, and pencils or pens

Day Pack

Lunch Bag

Warm Variable Weather Clothing

Hiking Shoes

Water Bottle

Eventbrite Confirmation Email

Binoculars (Optional)

Camera (Optional)

About the PRNSA Field Institute:

The PRNSA Field Institute offers hands-on environmental education classes throughout the year that foster enjoyment of Point Reyes National Seashore. Our classes are led by expert instructors, who take you out of your everyday life and into the natural world. We host a variety of classes about the arts and sciences and have something for everyone. You can reach the Field Institute at (415) 663-1200 x304 or by email at

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COVID-19 Field Institute Guidelines

In accordance with Marin County guidelines for public health and safety, we will require all participants to respect the following COVID-19 procedures:

Perform a health self-check before coming to class using the CDC Symptoms of Coronavirus as a guide

Do not attend class if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, suspect you have been exposed to the virus, or are suffering from any other flu-like or respiratory illness.

Participants exhibiting signs of respiratory illness may be asked to leave class

NOTE: Refund policy exceptions will be made for participants cancelling last minute due to COVID-19 infection or symptoms. Please contact us in this case.

During class all participants will be required to do the following

Wear a protective face covering

Maintain a 6 foot physical distance from other participants not belonging to your household

Bring your own food and water

Current group sizes are limited, there will be no physical contact or sharing of food and drink, and no shared physical equipment or materials unless they are sanitized before and after use, and used by only one person for the duration of class

Thank you for your cooperation in following these guidelines to help keep everyone safe.


January 30, 2021
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
$50 – $60


Field Institute of the Point Reyes National Seashore
(415) 663-1200
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Danya Winterman


Bear Valley Visitor Center
1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956 United States
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(415) 464-5100
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