Mountain Parks Foundation

The Mountain Parks Foundation assists California State Parks in funding educational activities that enrich visitor experiences at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks.

California’s oldest state park, Big Basin was created in 1902 from the first major campaign to preserve virgin coastal redwood forests. Since then, citizen activism, private donations, and state funding have helped expand the park to 18,000 acres of forests, chaparral and coastal wetlands.

The Mountain Parks Foundation supports the Big Basin and Henry Cowell interpretive and educational programs by helping fund supplies and staffing. Current projects in 2010 include fundraising to upgrade the Henry Cowell Nature Center deck and renovation of the historic campfire center at Big Basin Redwoods.

Mountain Parks Foundation has proven itself to be a valuable ally to parks, the visitors and staff. Join them by becoming a member! For more information about the Foundation and its many activities, or to become a supporter, please visit the Mountain Parks Foundation website.

Mountain Parks Foundation
525 North Big Trees Park Road
Felton, CA  95018

TEL 831-335-3174 / FAX 831-335-4295

Program Overview

Through the Cooperating Associations Program, California State Parks has valuable relationships with more than 80 cooperating associations authorized pursuant to Public Resources Code 513.  The association on this page is one of these official organizations.  Like other associations it is dedicated to enhancing the educational and interpretive programs in California State Parks. 

Cooperating associations are related to, but independent of the state parks they serve.  They are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as charitable nonprofit organizations (IRS 501 (c) 3) .

Many cooperating associations have websites.  California State Parks encourages you to visit these websites, however does not guarantee their content or accuracy.