Gifts from members and donors allow the Point Lobos Foundation to support a wide range of programs that maintain the crown jewel of the California State Parks while addressing critical needs within the Reserve.
Since its founding in 1978, the Foundation has raised well over $2 million for projects and educational programs which in turn have helped create more trails, restore wildlife habitat, build a docent center, provide educational opportunities, and support programs for children and people living with disabilities.
Current Projects and Priorities
- An expanded Lace Lichen Trail to safely connect walk-in visitors from the entrance on Highway 1 to the coast at Sea Lion Point,
- Discover Point Lobos, an interactive iPad application to connect children to their environment through Point Lobos State Natural Reserve,
- The development of an updated California State Parks General Plan for Point Lobos and Point Lobos East, or AM Allen Ranch (the Foundation has committed $250,000 for this project which is currently underway),
- Restroom improvements, and
- Expanded outreach to people with limited mobility through the Easy Access Adventures Program.
In 2013, the PLF worked with the Community Foundation for Monterey County to purchase a new Mobile Interpretive Station (MINT Van), an electric van that is used on busy days to provide more interpretation for visitors to Point Lobos.
In 2013, the PLF provided funding to the Monterey Bay Sanctuary Foundation to help restart the Pacific Grove hyperbaric chamber, which had been shut down due to city budget problems. This facility is vitally necessary to prevent serious injury or death to divers — including divers at Point Lobos — with the bends.
- In 2013, we provided funding to Bay Area Underwater Explorers to construct a 3D map of underwater Whalers Cove. It will be added to the existing interpretive display at the Whalers Cove parking lot in early 2014, and will give non-divers a better sense of the underwater terrain in the Cove.
- In 2012, the Foundation funded improvements to the Whalers Cabin Museum including a new roof, a heating system, and improved lighting that is both cost effective and better for the environment. This work is continuing.
- A new and comfortable docent center and administrative office was created by renovating an old storage building at the Reserve. In addition, the Center now provides meeting space for the Point Lobos volunteers and other personnel, houses the docent library and is the home for the interpretive equipment used for educational programs.
- The Foundation committed $50,000 for an archeological survey for a new easy access trail at Bird Island. Construction began in 2011 and was completed in 2012.
- The Foundation funded a pilot project to improve and standardize training for docents who lead school programs.