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Maritime Chaparral

Just Exactly What is Maritime Chaparral?  

Many people only see a bunch of bushes, but our intriguing maritime chaparral is one of the rarest and most diverse plant communities along the California coast.  Maritime chaparral, a manzanita-dominated association found only in relatively small patches near the coast, is one of our most uncommon and highly threatened vegetation communities.  However, significant stands of maritime chaparral remain in the Monterey Bay area at former Fort Ord and on sandhills adjacent to Elkhorn Slough.    Nikki Nedeff will discuss the identification, distribution and ecology of this rich natural community, and what makes it particularly interesting.

Nikki is a Carmel Valley native with a life-long interest in natural history. She is a Consulting Ecologist and teaches plant community ecology at CSUMB.  She has a thorough understanding of regional geography, including cultural history, with a broad experience with rare plants, plant ecology, and wildlife in all habitat types found in California.  She last spoke to the Docents at the September 2012 meeting on the subject of the Monterey Pine Forest.

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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

  • Mon, 11/20/2017 - 11:30am
    Information Station
    Robert Andonian
  • Tue, 11/21/2017 - 1:00pm
    Information Station
    Peter Fletcher
  • Wed, 11/22/2017 - 11:00am
    Whalers Cabin
    Cultural History
    Peter Fletcher


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School Walks

To schedule a school field trip please contact Melissa Gobell, School Coordinator at:  (831) 625-1470

Interested in Volunteering?

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