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Piper on the Ridge
Save the Date: Saturday, October 3rd, 2020
Location TBA

Please wear layers, and good walking shoes.
Bring blankets, chair(s), a picnic dinner, and a flashlight.
Sorry, no pets please.
Carpools encouraged. 
Please pack out what you pack in. 

2019 Piper on the Beach Recap

Piper on the Ridge brings together so much of what EAC is all about: the campaigns for healthy bay/ocean/estero, the parklands stretched out literally all around us, and a gathering of friendly locals, activists and members coming together to celebrate the seasons together! .....I hummm the stirring bagpipe melodies for weeks afterwards, and I am proud that this tradition continues to flourish, and be part of our yearly calendar.
— Mia Monroe, NPS and Master of Ceremonies

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2019 Piper on the Beach event at Drakes Beach. The heavy fogs kept us from fully ushering in the Harvest moon, but the acoustics of the bagpipes, and wonderful company made this another successful gathering. A big thanks to Mia Monroe our MC, to our bagpiper Dan McNear, to storyteller Ane Carla Rovetta, to naturalist Todd Plummer, to Carlos Porrata for capturing the event, and to everyone who made generous donations to the cause. We look forward to seeing you around West Marin soon!

EAC’s Piper on the Ridge is one of my favorite events. It is truly a unique West Marin Experience. What could be better than enjoying the company of so many good friends and food while listening to evocative tunes being played by a bagpiper. The beauty of Point Reyes reminds me of the wild landscapes of Scotland where I have visited several times. To top that off we all watch as the sun slowly sets to the west as a full, harvest moon rises in the other direction.
— David Wimpfheimer, EAC Board and naturalist

The Environmental Action Committee of West Marin (EAC) is proud to host and sponsor this West Marin community tradition since the late 1990s which celebrates the changing seasons, full Harvest moon and our beloved West Marin land, sea, sky and soundscapes. Download sky app.

This is a public event, no membership is required, but we invite you to join our member circle, or renew your support. Tradition is to Pay the Piper, where proceeds benefit our special guests and our nonprofit mission to protect and sustain the unique lands, waters, and biodiversity of West Marin.


Piper on the Ridge is a West Marin tradition celebrating the changing seasons and Harvest Moon. It started in the late 70s, when a group of locals (instigated by Kate Munger), began walking up to the ridge to watch the setting sun and moonrise, and to enjoy good food, wine, and company.  The original piper, Matt Burgin, moved away to the East Bay and Dan McNear took over in about 1980. Eventually, this group got busy with other pursuits and handed the event off to the EAC to run and use as a fundraiser. The event has been sponsored by EAC since the early 90s. 

Bagpiper & Special Guests

Dan McNear

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Mia MOnroe

Paolo Vescia

Paolo Vescia

Ane Carla Rovetta


Dan McNear comes from a long-line of Scottish ancestry, including his great great grandfather who landed in Petaluma in the 1850s. He has been in involved in the event for nearly 40 years. As custom prevails, he will serenade us as we walk up to the peak, and as the sun sets over the Pacific.

"POTR was originally started by a group of locals, instigated by Kate Munger, around 1977-78 to celebrate the changing of the seasons and to enjoy good food, wine, and company. The original piper, Matt Burgin, moved away to the east bay and I took over in about 1980. Eventually, Kate got busy with other pursuits and handed the event off to the EAC to run and use as a fundraiser." - Dan McNear


Mia Monroe is National Park Service Ranger, who acts as an ambassador of the Marin Community Liaison Planning Division, and will help us usher in the season as the MC of our evening.

Mia started out as a national park ranger in 1978, starting out at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, before she moved to Muir Woods National Monument in 1982. She has introduced countless Bay Area residents and visitors to the wonders of a rich and unique natural ecosystem just minutes from San Francisco. 


Ane Carla Rovetta, is an award-winning storyteller, and a science illustrator, field biologist, and teacher of cultural uses of plants and nature crafts. She tells and dramatizes tales of ocean, plant, and animals in the "old" days.


Todd Plummer


Todd Plummer, owner of Wild Marin Nature Tours will provide a night sky talk for those interested in the parking lot at 8:00 pm. He has 30 years experience as a birder and conservationist.  After moonrise, we will meet down in the parking lot around 8:00 pm to hear from Todd, who will share his passion for the night sky with us, focusing on constellation IDs, their myths and stories, and cosmology - weather permitting. Bring along your own scope or binoculars. 

Todd has been studying and observing nature in Northern California since 2001. He is Certified California Naturalist and frequent hike leader in Marin County. As a former wildlife biologist, he specialized in bird population dynamics and endangered species management, and now works full-time at Point Reyes National Seashore Association as the Development Director. He has been leading bird hikes on both coasts of the U.S. since 1990. A father of two, Todd loves working with kids and helping adults find their inner child in nature. His motto is "Every day, a treasure hunt."