the foundation

The Point Lobos Foundation is the non-profit partner of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve (Federal tax ID is 94-2546064). Since being founded in 1978, the Foundation has raised well over $2 million for projects and educational programs at Point Lobos.

We have maximized these resources by financially supporting the Point Lobos Docent Corps, a model volunteer program, maintaining and expanding trails and restoring wildlife habitat, maintaining the facilities at the reserve, providing opportunities for underserved children and people with disabilities to experience the outdoors and working to provide long-term vision for the Reserve.

Our work is driven by the dedication of over 200 highly trained and educated volunteers, and only two full-time staff members. Our mission is to advance visitors’ enjoyment and understanding of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, protect its natural environment for future generations and strengthen the Monterey County network of coastal California State Parks.

Tax-deductible donations and membership fees go directly to valuable activities like developing and supporting docent training and docent programs, publishing and distributing free, multilingual interpretive materials, conducting school and public nature walk programs, and maintaining interpretive centers like the Information Station, the Whalers Cabin Museum, and the Whaling Station Museum.

Communities around California are being asked to step up and play a larger role in their State Parks, and the Point Lobos Foundation is stiving to become a model for collaboration and impact. We are here to enhance the public's awareness and enjoyment of the unique qualities of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, and to assist California State Parks in preserving the Reserve. Join us today!