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Pinnacles National Monument Turns 101 Years Old

On Friday, January 16, 2009, Pinnacles National Monument transitions to its second 100 years. "Harnessing the momentum gained from the people, relationships and events of recent years, Pinnacles hosts the first of many events launching the park into its second century. Friday, January 16th through Sunday, January 18th Pinnacles celebrates its 101st Birthday" announced Michael Rupp, Pinnacles Centennial Ranger.

  • Pinnacles 101
    Friday night, 7:00 pm
    Campground Amphitheater
    Join a park ranger for this informational program that will cover the basics of Pinnacles, including things you can see, hikes you can take, and ways to make the most of your weekend.
  • Geology 101
    Saturday and Sunday, 3:00 pm
    Bear Gulch Nature Center
    Come learn about the fiery past and slow-moving present of the rocks at Pinnacles, and what changes to expect in the next century.
  • Condors 101
    Saturday and Sunday 9:00 to 11:00 am and 3:00 to 5:00 pm
    Spotting Scopes located in the Campground
    Stop by anytime during these informal talks to learn what the next 100 years may have in store for California condors and the condor program here at Pinnacles.
  • Habitat Restoration 101
    Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    Pinnacles Visitor Center
    Campground Learn about these botanical threats and how park staff manages these invasive plants. Stick around to try your hand at pulling Horehound (Marrubium vulgare), a common campground weed

"Pinnacles is at a very pivotal point in its history and this birthday is an excellent springboard to continue moving forward into the next 100 years," continued Rupp.

Additional activities and events planned for 2009 include:

  • The second Artist in Parks program
  • Star Parties
  • public meetings
    to discuss a proposed preferred alternative for the park's General Management Plan
  • Rockpile Rendezvous
    (a celebration of rock climbing in the park)
  • Jr. Ranger Day
  • Condor Celebration days
  • Community Celebration day

Just to name a few. A complete list of 2009 activities will be available by late January.

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