Clem Miller Environmental Education Center
EE Program/Resource Details
Provided by: Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Description: A place where teachers can stay overnight for three to five days and and experience Point Reyes with their classroom students in a beautiful natural environment! Established in the early 1970s, the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center is an overnight facility which can accommodate up to 80 people. The Ed Center consists of a main building housing two large classrooms, teaching aids, library and nature exhibits. There are five rustic dormitory cabins. Approximately 1800 students from 45 school groups stay at the center each year for 3 to 5 days. One of the goals of the Ed Center is to provide a low cost opportunity for students and teachers to experience the natural world first hand. The fees for 2009 are only $15 per person per day.
The Ed Center is available as an outdoor teaching facility to groups wishing to develop an awareness, understanding, and appreciation for their local environment. Located in a meadow at the foot of a Douglas fir and bay laurel canyon, the Ed Center is surrounded by hiking trails and is just two miles from the great stretch of beach at Limantour. A newly developed nature trail at the Ed Center provides a short exploration through a forested valley. Ed Center staff greet and orient student groups, answer teachers' questions about the facility, instruct teaching workshops, and coordinate the maintenance of the Ed Center. Teachers who use the Ed Center are provided with a weekend training workshop prior to their stay. This annual workshop provides an opportunity to learn about the diverse habitats surrounding the Ed Center and to do hands on science activities. It also provides practical tips on using the facility. Teaching resources and teaching kits are available for use at the Ed Center. There are also resources and free ranger led hikes available from the National Park Service.
The main building is electrically lighted, heated by wood stoves, and furnished with tables and chairs. The full commercial kitchen is equipped with a Wolf range, dishwasher, large refrigerators and freezer, and cooking and eating utensils. Groups prepare their own meals. Cabins are unheated without electricity. They contain bunks and mattresses; participants provide their own sleeping bags. The central restroom contains toilets, basins and solar-heated showers. This experience stimulates students' environmental awareness and encourages a sense of humans' role in the total environment. The Clem Miller Environmental Education Center is available by reservation, and can accommodate up to 80 participants whose leader has completed a weekend workshop in environmental education conducted by the Ed Center staff. The Center is also used for our popular weekend Field Seminar programs and our Point Reyes Summer Camp.
To use the Education Center we suggest that teachers first attend the annual Orientation and Tour in the fall to tour the Center and learn about available resources . Then, to reserve the Education Center, group leaders must register to attend the weekend workshop in March. Completion of this training workshop is mandatory for all leaders of groups coming to the Center.
For comprehensive information regarding reserving the Ed Center and planning a stay, see the Clem Miller Environmental Education Center Handbook http://www.ptreyes.org/clem/edcenhb.html
Web Address: http://www.ptreyes.org
Cost: $15 per person per day
EE Focus: Nature Awareness
Counties Served: San Francisco, Alameda, San Mateo, Marin, Sonoma, Contra Costa, Napa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Santa Clara, Solano
Group Size: Up to 80