Mountain Parks Foundation

Mountain Parks Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established in 1973 as one of the first three California State Park Cooperating Associations. It has been recognized as a model organization for its professional board members, talented staff and dedicated volunteers, all of whom work in partnership with California State Parks to provide funding for multi-faceted visitor enrichment and education programs.

Mountain Parks Foundation supports the nature education and enrichment programs offered at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks.  We believe an informed public will ensure the preservation of the natural habitats and cultural history of our California State Parks.

Interpretive and educational programs funded by Mountain Parks Foundation serve more than 1.5 million park visitors annually, including more than 200 student classes who participate in on-site curriculum-based educational programs.

Mountain Parks Foundation provides funding for:

  • visitor and nature centers
  • nature and cultural history events
  • professional interpretive staff
  • supplies and resources used by the parks’ more than 200 dedicated volunteers and docents
  • trail signs, information panels, books, guides, maps and materials that inform and broaden visitors’ park experiences
  • facilities, services, special programming and other activities

Our revenues come from retail sales, individual donors, business sponsorships and grants.