The history of the Point Lobos Foundation dates back to 1978 as the Point Lobos Natural History Association. As a result of shortfalls from state funding, the Department of Parks and Recreation encouraged each park to establish a Cooperating Association that could accept money to fund importance needs to its parent park. The PLNHA was made up of mostly park Rangers and their spouses with a few non-rangers and formed to support Point Lobos. Money was raised through book sales to develop interpretive materials, trail guides, expand educational literature, and to eventually form the Point Lobos docent program.

As the needs of the Reserve grew, our organization grew to meet them. Today we are a membership organization known as the Point Lobos Foundation. 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 the strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.

The Point Lobos Foundation funds the Point Lobos docent program, fills shortfalls in funding for trail maintenance and repair, funds the restoration of wildlife habitat, maintains the facilities at the Reserve, and funds school outreach, providing opportunities for underserved children to experience the outdoors.

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve sunset at Cannery Point. Photo credit: Castel Ortiz.

Point Lobos Foundation Staff

PLF Board of Directors


  • 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 [...]


The Point Lobos Foundation is a non-profit organization. Our tax-ID is 94-2546064. Financial information for the past three years, including tax returns and independently conducted audited financial statements, are available below for your information.

2021 Audit Report
2021 Tax Return
2020 Review Report
2020 Tax Return
2019 Review Report
2019 Tax Return
2018 Audit Report
2018 Tax Return
2017 Audit Report
2017 Tax Return
2016 Audit Report
2016 Tax Return
2015 Audit Report
2015 Tax Return
IRS Tax Determination Letter

Great blue heron in Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. Photo credit: Sara Courtneidge.