The Mountain Vista Newsletter

Spring 2017

The latest on the Big Basin Nature Museum renovation project, how interpretation can save your parks, Lisa Robinson's take on preserving local history, the Nature Store, and a whole lot more.


Fall 2016

Learn how a bike creates environmental stewards, why service and philanthropy matter, why lobsters belong in the redwoods, and gift ideas from the Nature Store.


In the News: Big Basin Nature Museum & Research Center

Featuring the Campaign to Raise $1.1MM to Renovate This Treasure

Check out this KSBW clip featuring  the Big Basin Museum and Research Center and the current renovation campaign designed to make this overlooked gem into a state-of-the-art facility designed to teach the next generation of redwood state park stewards to care for everything precious in your park. This segment features our very own Brenda Holmes and board member, Larry Tierney, as they discuss plans for this exciting project. If you donate now to the project, it will be matched, dollar-for-dollar thanks to a $25,000 grant from Dean Witter Foundation.

California State Parks Backpacking 2017

Registration opens Wednesday, February 1 at 8 am

Who better to lead you through our parks than California State Park professionals? Six backpacking trips are offered from April through September 2017 ranging from one to three nights offering options for every experience level. Hike spectacular ridgelines, old growth redwood forests, to sandy shores with our knowledgeable team of backcountry naturalists. Native plant teas, trail desserts, skills demonstrations, campfire stories and jokes are added bonuses!
This program is truly unique, the only such program led by California State Park staff. Participation is open to adults 18 or over and children ages 13 to 17 accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, please visit, or email, or call (831) 291-8273. Events made possible by California State Parks, Mountain Parks Foundation, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, Waddell Creek Association, Sempervirens Fund, and Portola and Castle Rock Foundation.

News About Your Redwood State Parks

This section is filled with information and news about what is happening with California State Parks, including links to articles to help you stay current on issues relevant to our parks and what you can do to help. Click the links on the left to view State Park news!

Not Your Average Walk in the Park - Santa Cruz Style Magazine- Summer 2016 

Nothing gets you closer to our parks than donning a pack and having a naturist guide you on a multi-day trek through the woods. Naturist-led backpacking adventures are featured on page 15 where Mountain Parks Foundation also gets a mention for our support of the program. Story starts on page 15. 

First Day Hike to the Limekilns of Felton's Fall Creek — Santa Cruz Sentinel — January 1, 2017

At one point, 80% of all the "Powder of Civilization," or lime used for concrete,  came from Santa Cruz County. State Park docent Dennis Allen gives a tour of Fall Creek's limekilns on one of several "First Day Hikes" at state parks throughout California.

Big Basin: Finding Solitude in California's Oldest State Park — San Francisco Chronical — November 14, 2016

Learn about the founding of Big Basin that also spawned the birth of the conservation movement, as well as contemporary efforts to preserve this jewell of a park. Also, there are suggestions for some great hikes here.

Big Basin Nature Lodge Museum Tour with Researchers Anonymous

This month, MPF hosted a tour for MAH's Researchers Anonymous group at Big Basin's Nature Lodge Museum. It was a fabulous opportunity for these local scientists and researchers to view the current exhibits and learn about some of the ground-breaking natural studies conducted right here in the park. This group got an all-inclusive presentation from very own Executive Director, Brenda Holmes, along with Susan Blake, State Park Interpreter, and Scott Pedan, Big Basin History Project Head. Scott also took these fabulous photos.

In case you haven't had an opportunity to visit the museum, now's your chance to explore it in this self-guided tour. Located right behind the Nature Store, you'll be enlightened to all the wild wonders and mysteries of California's oldest state park.


If you a member of a group and would like to visit this hidden treasure at Big Basin, contact us to schedule your very own tour! Learn more, and sign up here!

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