Join us in our mission to protect Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks. The Foundation is the sole source of funding for the model volunteer program, protects the Reserve’s environmental health and historical integrity by funding work on trails, facilities and vegetation, and continuously strives to improve programs and services for approximately one million visitors each year.

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Join us in our mission to protect Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks. The Foundation is the sole source of funding for the model volunteer program, protects the Reserve’s environmental health and historical integrity by funding work on trails, facilities and vegetation, and continuously strives to improve programs and services for approximately one million visitors each year.

SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS
UPCOMING PUBLIC WALKS

Point Lobos Reserve nesting-black crowned night herons. Photo credit: Susan Lambert

Point Lobos Reserve nesting-black crowned night herons. Photo credit: Susan Lambert.

We reduce the impacts on the protected area through strategic planning initiatives.

Photo of Mom and pup seal at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Photo credit: John Drum.

Mom and pup seal at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Photo credit: John Drum.

We eliminate actions that degrade delicate ecosystems and cultural areas within the Reserve.

Restoration at Sea Lion Point in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve.

We restore native habitat.

Photo of PLF Docent helping family at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Photo credit: Scott Whitman.

PLF Docent helps family at the Reserve. Photo credit: Scott Whitman.

We improve public awareness of best practices to steward the land.

What is a Reserve? The special purpose of a reserve is to forever protect an area of unique natural beauty and ecological significance. Afforded a higher level of protection, visitors are expected to protect this landmark for future generations. Please stay on marked trails, do not remove or collect natural objects and avoid approaching or disturbing animals.

Latest News

  • Point Lobos State Natural Reserve moonlight walk

2022 PLF Annual Moonlight Walk

August 15th, 2022|

Watch the sun dip into the Pacific Ocean, listen to the barking Sea Lions, and explore the trails by the light of the moon. Guests will be treated to music by Andrea's Fault and have full access to the Reserve's trails during this after-hours event, exclusive to members of the Point Lobos Foundation.

  • Photo of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve low-tide on Weston Beach. Photo credit: Maureen Mason.

Point Lobos – Connected. Protected.

July 16th, 2022|

From California Wildlife Day's virtual event on March 20th and 21st. The theme, "Cultivating Resilience in a Changing Climate" was met with great enthusiasm. Point Lobos docent, Don Blohowiak created and shared an inspirational video, [...]

  • Photo of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve ocean view in black and white. Photo credit: Manny Espinoza.

Point Lobos | Fundraiser

July 14th, 2022|

Featured Photo by: Manny Espinoza On May 25th, 2022 Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse hosted Point Lobos | Fundraiser, a large format photo exhibition and reception featuring local photographer Manny Espinoza and benefiting the Point Lobos [...]

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Long considered the “crown jewel” of California’s 280 state parks, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a magnet for nature lovers around the world.

100% of the profit of every sale funds trails and facility maintenance, supports vital education programs and the volunteer docent program at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, and helps to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.

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Why the Point Lobos Foundation Matters

We’re preserving the Greatest Meeting of Land and Water in the World.

The purpose of Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is to forever protect this majestic peninsula of natural beauty and ecological significance. The Point Lobos Foundation is the sole source of funding for the model volunteer program, protects the Reserve’s environmental health and historical integrity by funding work on trails, facilities and vegetation, and continuously strives to improve programs and services for approximately one million visitors each year.

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Rainbow over Whalers Cove. Photo credit: Jan Stewart.