Our mission is to protect and nurture Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, to educate and inspire visitors to preserve its unique natural and cultural resources, and to strengthen the network of Carmel Area State Parks.
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve is a refuge for people and nature alike, where people go to be invigorated by the stunning beauty of the dramatic coastline and Cypress groves. Our work focuses on funding maintenance of trails, steps, and infrastructure within the Reserve and at Carmel River State Beach, keeping trails clear of invasive species like poison oak and ensuring safe and level ADA compliant trails. The Foundation also provides financial support for the robust docent program, interpretation materials and equipment like binoculars and scopes that allow guests to enjoy the marine and bird life found at Point Lobos. With support from donors and grant-making organizations, we also fund school field trips for thousands of elementary students each year to enjoy a docent-led walk in the Reserve. Point Lobos Foundation strives to ensure future visitors will continue to explore the beauty of Point Lobos via accessible trails.
As a Point Lobos Foundation Board member, I’m gratified by the generous donations from the community to MC Gives! to support our ongoing trails and natural habitat restoration programs at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve. And, as a Point Lobos docent, I’m also fortunate to see first-hand the impact of these programs in the Reserve--particularly following the pandemic crisis and atmospheric rivers damage--as visitors from across the world find peace in nature at this most beautiful place.
- Jim Rurka