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Clem Miller
Environmental Education Center

Organization Type:

The idea for an outdoor teaching center in Point Reyes National Seashore grew along with the park. The land where the Center is located, formally Laguna Ranch, was acquired in 1971 and it seemed an ideal site for an environmental education facility. A cooperative effort by the local educational community and the National Park Service defined goals for developing a Point Reyes Environmental Education Center.

The Center's Purposes:

  • Promote educational uses of resources within Point Reyes by providing an outdoor teaching facility within the Seashore.
  • Stimulate environmental awareness and a sense of humans' role in the total environment by providing an overnight outdoor living experience.
  • Encourage on-going environmental education curriculum by having each teacher develop and implement an environmental education program and by emphasizing the importance of preparation and follow-up.
  • Support thorough planning and program development by offering periodic teacher workshops.
  • Encourage student involvement in all phases of environmental education.
  • Provide a low-cost environmental education experience to schools.

In 1976, the Center was named in honor of Congressman Clem Miller who was devoted to the creation of the National Seashore.

"We strongly believe it is in the national interest to capitalize on the few remaining clear opportunities to save our vanishing shoreline for public recreational use, particularly the very few still unspoiled and outstanding shoreline areas near large concentrations of population ... It seems to us ...that Point Reyes Peninsula presents such a clear opportunity... If we act sensibly and foresightedly now, while the opportunity remains, we shall have preserved for America and for California and for the people of Marin County a priceless heritage to be enjoyed many times over, not only by our generation, but also by those which follow."

Julia Clothier, Director
Clem Miller Environmental Education Center
Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Point Reyes, CA 94956
Phone: (415) 663-1200 x305
Fax: (415) 663-8174

Geographical Focus:

Counties Served:
Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Mendocino, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano

Education, Recycling, Advocacy, Conservation, Recreation, Restoration, Water Monitoring, Water Pollution

Wetlands, Cultural History, Beaches, Rocky Intertidal, Wildlife, Habitat Restoration, Endangered Species, Water Quality/Storm Water Runoff, Bay & Estuary Habitats, Open Ocean/Oceanography

Educational Resources:
Curriculum, On-Site Programs, Field Trips, Nature Trails, Exhibits/Displays, Website

Education Programs:
The Clem Miller Environmental Education Center is located in secluded Hidden Valley just two miles from the expansive white sands of Limantour Beach in Point Reyes National Seashore. The National Seashore encompasses over 70,000 acres of open space and woodlands with 30 miles of protected coastline along the shores of the Pacific Ocean and Tomales Bay.

The Clem Miller Environmental Education Center is designed as a living and learning facility where students and teachers can explore the natural world. The main building is a 4,500 square foot cedar lodge complete with a dining hall, science room, teacher's room and a fully equipped kitchen. A central bathroom facility houses toilets, basins and heated showers. Four 16-person and one 20-person dormitory style cabins accommodate up to 80 people. A separate building has an infirmary, laundry room, two bunk rooms and a manager's office. This building and the main lodge, bathrooms and two cabins are wheelchair accessible.

The Center has no staff except the manager. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the visiting school group to provide their own program and services. This includes shopping and preparing food, cleaning the Center, providing adult supervision for students, and developing and implementing an environmental education program.

The Clem Miller Environmental Education Center is a unique and special resource. The facility and its beautiful natural surroundings of Point Reyes National Seashore provides a low-cost environmental education experience where students, teachers and adults develop their connection to the natural world while living in a community.

Target Audiences:
4th-12th Grades, Teacher, Non-Formal Educator

Group Size Accommodated:
Up to 80

For use on site

For use on site

Service Fee:
To use facility fee is $15.00 per person per day with a 40 person minimum charge

General Services:
Restrooms, Telephone

Parking Availability:
Carpool encouraged. Parking for up to 15 vehicles.

Disabled Access:
Cabins, Kitchen, Dining Hall, Bathrooms, Library, Teacher Lodge are accessible.

This Resource Directory is a product of the California Coastal Commission's Public Education Program

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