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Ocean: Engine of Life

We will jump on a wild ride around the entire ocean, surfing the great ocean conveyor belt with Tierney Thys, National Geographic Explorer and Research Associate at California Academy of Sciences.  As we encounter places of both destruction and desolation, and hope and salvation, we learn of the ocean’s immense importance to all life.  The ocean has influenced human evolution and world history; and current research is aimed at ensuring a healthy ocean, and planet, for generations to come.  

For our short program, Senior Park Aide Brandon Caskey, will explain the role of the park aides and how they, and the docents, working in tandem, can most effectively provide visitors a safe and enjoyable experience.  Brandon will clarify what specific jobs they are trained for, and expected to fulfill, and also what constraints they must adhere to.  Jim Rurka will moderate a dialogue with those attending, to ensure we are working toward the same goals, and to clear up any misconceptions in docent / park aide relations.

Biologist and award-winning documentary filmmaker, Tierney Thys, has traveled to every continent and visited more than 60 countries.  She is an expert on the giant ocean sunfish, and is the Daily Explorer in Animal Jam, an online world boasting 70 million registered players in 120 countries and 5 languages.  Tierney has active marine study sites in California, Indonesia and Galapagos, and serves as an expert on many National Geographic Expeditions, from Antarctica and Alaska, to Bali and Belize, and many places in between.  Additional research activities include investigation into how nature imagery influences brain activity, and the effects of nature on incarcerated populations.  Tierney is a TED All-star speaker, and passionate about sharing the wonders of the natural world to promote global stewardship.

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Mission Statements


To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.

Docent volunteers serve as a visible representative of California State Parks at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve promoting the California State Parks mission.  These four simple words -- preserve, protect, educate and interpret -- sum up the docent experience. 


Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.

Docent Log-in

Docent led walks

  • Tue, 04/25/2017 - 11:30am
    Information Station
    Gregg Margossian
  • Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:30pm
    Bird Island Parking Area
    Daniel Turner
  • Tue, 04/25/2017 - 1:30pm
    Information Station
    Tama Olver

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School Walks

To schedule a school field trip please contact Melissa Gobell, School Coordinator at:
melissa.gobell@parks.ca.gov  (831) 625-1470

Interested in Volunteering?

Volunteers needed to be interpretive guides for visitors.  Interested?  For training schedule contact:  Melissa Gobell, Docent Coordinator  melissa.gobell@parks.ca.gov  (831) 625-1470