Park Activities & Events

 The Shining Lighthouse

2014 Whale Festival Docent Training Seminars

Seminar Session Descriptions and Schedules:

Marine Science Docent Training - Saturday February 1st, 10am to 2pm.

A healthy ocean is very important to all of us - particularly those of us who live here. If you volunteer to be a docent at our beautiful aquarium, you'll learn about local marine life, and how to discuss it with visitors. No experience necessary - just a love of nature. Meet at The First Assistant Light Keeper’s House Museum (East House), bring a sack lunch. Contact: Portia Saucedo or Caroline Schooley 964-9460 or

First Assistant Lightkeeper’s Home Museum - Saturday, February 8th, 10am to noon.

Learn the history, restoration and stories of those that lived and worked at Point Cabrillo. Meet at The First Assistant Light Keeper’s House Museum (East House). Contact: Ginny Wade at or Kevin Williams 707-397-5181 or

Lighthouse History/refresher - Saturday February 8th, 1 to 3 pm.

Learn how to interpret a 100 year old working Light house from experienced docents. New and returning docents encouraged to attend to share, refresh and inspire new volunteers. Meet at The First Assistant Light Keeper’s House Museum (East House). Contact: Kath Disney-Nilson 937-3935 or

If you want to attend both trainings on February 8th, bring a sack lunch for the break!

Frolic History - Saturday February 15th, 1 to 3.

Learn about or refresh your knowledge of the history of the Frolic and its impact on Point Cabrillo, Mendocino and California. Meet at the First Assistant Light Keeper’s House Museum (East House). Contact: Robert Becker 964-9630 or

Whale Docent Training - Saturday February 22nd, 10am to 2pm.

The Whales are coming and we need folks to point them out to visitors. If you want to be the person with all the answers or just learn more about whales, then come to the PCLK Whale Docent Training. This training will highlight the biology, physiology and current conservation issues surrounding the California Gray Whale as well as interpretive techniques for outdoor naturalists. Docents and naturalists from other groups are welcome to attend. Meet at The First Assistant Light Keeper’s House Museum (East House). Bring a sack lunch. Contact: Tanya Smart, 964-4235 or

Set Up - Help get Point Cabrillo Light Station ready for the Whales and their Watchers – Call Tanya at 964-4235 for flexible dates and times.

Light Station Hours

Lighthouse History and Frolic Shipwreck Exhibit, open every day, 11AM-4PM

Open daily, 11AM-4PM


Open daily Sunrise to Sunset

For information call 707 937-6122.

Volunteer Opportunities

The Point Cabrillo Light Keeper�s Association is a volunteer organization. We depend upon the generosity of our friends and neighbors to provide the public access programs that support the continued operation of the Light Station.

Opportunities for volunteer service include:

  • Lighthouse Gift Shop Attendant and Docent

  • Lightkeeper's Museum Docent

  • Nature/History Docents

  • Gardening and Site Maintenance

  • Filing and Office Organization

  • Computer Data Entry

  • Member Board of Directors

If you are interested in helping in these or other activities please give us a call at 707 937-6123 or send an email to


Lighthouse Lantern Room & Lens Tours

Please join the Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 87, our modern light keepers, and the volunteers at Point Cabrillo Light Station for a unique opportunity to visit the lantern room and the beautifully restored operational Third Order Fresnel Lens. These tours are offered only eight days each year.

The last tour in 2013 is Saturday September 20, 2013 - Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Day

 The tour schedule for 2014 is:

Saturday & Sunday March 1 & 2, 2014 - Whale Festival Week 1

Saturday & Sunday March 15 & 16, 2014 - Whale Festival week 2

Saturday May 3, 2014 - Spring Celebration

Saturday June 7, 2014 - Point Cabrillo Light Station 105th. Anniversary

Saturday August 9, 2014  -  National Lighthouse Day

Saturday September 20, 2014 - Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo Day

The Lighthouse Lantern Room and Fresnel Lens Tours will be offered from 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. A modest fee, which supports the lighthouse maintenance fund, of $5.00 is appreciated. Children must be at least 42 inches tall to participate in the tours. For additional information please contact the lighthouse at 707-937-6122.

Docent Led Interpretive Tours

Group tours of the Light Station led by PCLK docents may be scheduled for any day of the week. We need at least two weeks notice. The suggested donation schedule, which supports the lighthouse maintenance fund, is $5.00 per person.

To schedule tours, please send an email request to