Celebrate the Coast

Celebrate the Coast

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The Point Arena Lighthouse joins the celebration of the 10th anniversary of its neighbor, the Point Arena – Stornetta Unit, being added to the California Coastal National Monument as part of the Celebrate the Coast event on Saturday, May 18 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The Lighthouse will be hosting several information/activity tables including Mendonoma Whale & Seal Study, Marine Mammal Center (with its rescue truck), Acorn Partners in Education, Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries and the California Native Plant Society (CNPS). The Farm will be offering its cooked-to-order waffles (available as gluten-free), organic sweet and savory baked goods and Little Green Bean Point Arena Lighthouse blend organic free trade coffee for purchase. For the kids and kids at heart, Acorn Partners in Education will be offering “Trail Bingo” cards, fill them out by roaming the Light Station and the Point Arena-Stornetta Lands and get a prize. At 11:30 a.m. they will lead a family-friendly walk on the Lands. The Arena Cove Stewards will be offering their famous locally caught fish tacos from noon until sold out. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., the Lighthouse will host a special celebration of the 10th anniversary with guest speakers Congressman Jared Huffman, Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California acting State Director Gordon Toevs, Friends of Point Arena-Stornetta Lands President Leslie Dahlhoff and other honored guests instrumental in protecting these special lands. Celebratory cupcakes from Franny’s Cup & Saucer, donated by the Point Arena Merchants Association (PAMA) will be available to all attendees after the celebration. At 2:30 p.m. the Dorothy King Young Chapter of the CNPS will lead a wildflower walk. Bokeya Pomo tribe member Isaac Rios and BLM Archaeologist Chris Lloyd will lead a native culture and local archaeology walk.

Admission to the Light Station and all events are free to all, and Tower Tours of the 115’ tall Lighthouse Tower are available for $5 per person 4 years old and over.

The BLM Ukiah Field Office is hosting the event in partnership with the Friends of Point Arena-Stornetta Lands, Point Arena Lighthouse, City of Point Arena, and Mendocino College. Point Arena-Stornetta public lands was the first onshore unit of the California Coastal National Monument. In 2014, the California Coastal National Monument Gateway Partners successfully advocated for these public lands to be added to the Monument.

There will be information/activity tables, food, talks, guided walks, exhibits, and cupcakes! The Discovery Trail provides a self-guided exploration of 3.5 miles of coastline from City Hall to Lighthouse Road and an Open House at the Mendocino College Field Station. Festivities begin at 10 a.m. at Point Arena City Hall, 451 School Street, Point Arena, CA. A shuttle will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., allowing participants to walk the entirety of the five-mile trail in one direction and get a ride back to their vehicle. More details can be found on the “Celebrate the Coast” flyer, as well as an outline of the day's festivities!

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Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day

10am - 4:30pm

Rest of the year

10am - 3:30pm

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Admission Prices:

Site Visit Fee

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12 and over


Tower Tour (in addition to site visit fee)

4 and over



877-725-4448, ext. 1 or

707-882-2809, ext. 1




45500 Lighthouse Road

P. O. Box 11

Point Arena, CA 95468