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Nature as teacher at Point Reyes.

Nature as teacher at Point Reyes Sages and poets throughout the ages have commended nature as the greatest of all teachers. And one of nature's loveliest classrooms is Point Reyes National Seashore. Here, year-round, experts of the Point Reyes Field Seminars instruct aspiring and accomplished botanists, ornithologists, painters, and photographers, as well as nature lovers in general.

The seminars make use of the searhore's whole range of environments, from tide-pools to mountaintops. Meeting are held in the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center, a handsome cedar structure in a meadow ringed by streams and hills. Four new cabins provide dormitory-style lodging for overnight participants.

The springs schedule has just been released. Point Reyes' stunning land- and seascapes now come sharply into focus, during the hiatus between the rains of winter and dense fog of summer.

There are seminars for people of all levels of knowledge and ability; some sessions are for families. Days in the field conclude with potluck diners back at the center. For overnight stays, beds are p rovided--but bring your own sleeping bag.

A sampling from the spring schedule:

Owls of the Point Reyes Peninsula, March 19 and 16. Learn to identify and call the eight species found here, then set out on an evening owl prowl. A potluck supper and owl slide show follow. Fee: $28.

Wildflower Photograph, April 16 and 17. Two-day seminar focuses on technical aspects of close-up photography as well as how to "use the art of photography as a means of expressing our feelings about the world around us." Fee of $70 includes one night at the center.

Sketching Outdoors, May 28, 29 and 30. Each day beings with an introduction to a technique: shaded pencil, stippled ink, scratchboard, coquille board. Then you hike a mile or two to a sketching site. Fee of $85 includes two nights at the center.

Family Nature Experience, April 30 and June 4. Local legned Elizabeth Terwilliger takes families on short hikes to explore the seashore's stream and meadow habitats. Fee: $32 per family.

For a free copy of the schudule, call (415) 663-1200 or write to Field Seminars, Point Reyes, Calif. 94956. To get there from State 1 in Olema, follow Bear Valley Road northwest 2 miles to Limantour Road; turn left and drive another 5-1/2 miles to a signed turnoff.
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