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Cow Heaven: Saving the Family Farm

An audio tour of West Marin

Cow HeavenImmerse yourself in the voices and history of rural West Marin on a GPS-guided driving tour from producer Claire Schoen. 

How to get your copy of Cow Heaven »

As you travel from Olema to Tomales along the beautiful Shoreline Highway, you'll hear the story of the land and the people who have lived on it, from the time of the Coast Miwok Indians to present-day ranchers who are carrying on a 150-year old tradition of family farming. You can download this GPS-guided tour, narrated by Peter Coyote, right to your smartphone, then enjoy a leisurely tour of our MALT-protected countryside.

The tour begins at the Bear Valley Visitor Center in Point Reyes National Seashore (view map), and takes you 21 miles north along Tomales Bay to the scenic rural hamlet of Tomales. Along the way, you'll hear from ranchers, conservationists and community members who fought to save Marin's wide open fields and farms from the march of development, and who are raising their families to look after the land in the future. 

A portion of proceeds benefits MALT's work to save family farms and ranches in Marin County.

Download the Tour

Cow Heaven is available through VoiceMap, an audio tour app for your iPhone or Android device. 

Apple App Store  Google Play

  • Search for "Point Reyes, California"
  • Select "Cow Heaven: Saving the Family Farm" ($3.99)
  • From the parking lot of the Bear Valley Visitor Center, tap "start."
  • Your GPS-enabled device will play each chapter automatically as you drive. All you have to do is buckle up, sit back and enjoy the drive!

Producer Claire Schoen

Award-winning producer Claire Schoen creates stories in sound for radio, podcast and audio-tour. She has taught audio production at Stanford, U.C. Berkeley and Duke University. Listen to more of her work at