The Sister Anna Voss Memorial Fund

Sister Anna Voss had a lifelong passion for learning and teaching. A sister of Notre Dame, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a Master of Science in Biology, both from Stanford University. She taught high school and college students in California and high school in Hawaii, creating the statewide science program for all Hawaii Catholic schools. When Sister Anna retired after teaching for 50 years, she brought her passion to her second career as a volunteer at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

A pioneer for the Point Lobos Docent Association, Anna graduated with the first docent class in 1981 and helped develop the docent-training program and accompanying training materials. Many of those materials are still in use today. In 1992 she received a commendation from the State Park System for her outstanding service and contribution. In founding the Point Lobos Docent Program, she created the framework for one of the largest and most successful docent programs in the California State Parks.

In 2011, Carl and Carol Voss and Dave and Caroline Appling created a memorial fund for Sister Anna. Today, this fund has grown to hold more than $55,000 to support the Point Lobos Docents and programs educating young people at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Your support of this fund honors Anna’s legacy, her spirit, and her devotion to this very special place.

Today, the Point Lobos Docents are a group of 200 highly trained volunteers, working to foster a connection between visitors and our natural world and helping people form a positive, sustainable relationship with their environment. Docents are the backbone of the wonderful interpretive and educational programs found within Point Lobos, acting not only as volunteers but also as visionaries to constantly improve and expand on the educational opportunities offered to visitors. In 2012, volunteer docents provided the equivalent of 11 full-time positions at Point Lobos. 

Use of donations made to the Sister Anna Voss Memorial Fund, and the income generated by it, is restricted to the education and direct support of the Point Lobos Docent Program and the school education outreach programs relating to Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Donate to the fund by clicking here, and choosing "Sister Anna Voss" in the first dropdown menu.