About Mountain Parks Foundation

Mountain Parks Foundation is a nonprofit organization established in 1973 as one of the first three California State Park Cooperating Associations. Its dedicated staff and amazing volunteers work in partnership with California State Parks to provide educational experiences   and interpretive programs at Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks.


Our mission is to inspire the next generation of redwoods state park stewards by connecting them with these magical places and the natural wonders they contain. Ongoing programs and special projects funded by Mountain Parks Foundation serve almost 2 million park visitors annually, including more than 200 student classes who participate in on-site curriculum-based educational experiences.


Mountain Parks Foundation provides funding for:

  • Nature museums and visitor centers
  • Cultural history events
  • Transportation to the redwoods for school children
  • Backpacking adventures led by state park naturalists
  • Trail signs, information panels, books, guides, maps and materials that inform and instruct
  • Docent training, supplies, park services, special programming and so much more!

Our funding comes from annual memberships, retail sales, individual donors, business sponsorships,  and grants.

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