Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA) is the non-profit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach dedicated tot he protection of the park’s beach’s, facilities, marine refuge and historical and cultural stories.   These challenges are met through DSBIA’s fundraising efforts and active support of the park’s educational, interpretive, conservation and restoration programs.  DSBIA was established in 1982, and is one of the oldest cooperating associations in the California State Parks System.



THE VISITOR INTERPRETIVE CENTER: DSBIA teamed with California State Parks in renovating and upgrading the Visitor Interpretive Center (VIC) following great damages to the building in 2007. Today, the VIC contains the largest public aquarium in the California State Park System with a tide pool tank and 5 other aquarium tanks containing local critters from the various ocean habitats around Doheny, displays of bird and mammals, a park gift store, and ranger offices. The VIC is open to the public most days between 10 AM and 4 PM and is staffed with DSBIA volunteer docents. Free programs for schools and other groups are available upon request.  DSBIA continues to support both the building and care of the animals inside.

First Whale at Whale WalkTHE WHALE WALK:  Once upon a time, life-sized paintings of the whales found off our coastline graced the beach front walkway of the park.  Time and walkway repairs took their toll on our cetaceans and they faded away.  DSBIA is bringing back the Whale Walk!  We’ve already painted a Humpback, a Gray, an Orca, a Blue Whale (largest animal ever on earth) and a Fin Whale (second largest whale).   We have plans to expand the Doheny Whale Walk  with six more whales and some rowdy dolphins!

FIELD TRIP TRANSPORTATION GRANTS:  DSBIA provides grant funds to public and private schools to pay all or a poSchool Busrtion of their transportation cost from school to our park and back for the purpose of curriculum related field trips.  More information can be found in the Education section of this website


ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS:  DSBIA awards up to three (3) scholarships to graduating seniors from Dana Hills High School, San Juan Hills High School and/or Capistrano Valley High School who will be attending an accredited  2 or 4 year college or university in the fall following their senior year of high school with plans to pursue environmental studies and issues relevant to the preservation and protection of the California State Parks, their natural and cultural resources, and the mission of the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association.  Scholarship applications may be obtained from the high school guidance councilor in January of the current school year.

 SUPPORT OF THE PARK’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS:  DSBIA provides financial support for the Park’s hdr-dsbia-logoJunior Ranger Summer program open to park visitors and the local community, and to the Lifeguards’ Junior Lifeguard Waterman Academy.  DSBIA members assist the Park’s summer campfire program with members offering evening presentations.  DSBIA supports the park’s four annual beach clean-ups.  DSBIA supports restoration and replanting of native plants and trees in the park.  DSBIA took a leadership role in winning a $10,000 Odwalla grant for new trees in the park.  DSBIA provides financial support to park rangers and staff for interpretive professional development activities.  DSBIA has pledged to financially support the electrical upgrading of the park’s Campfire Center’s and the construction of a bird observation station.


BECOME A MEMBERDSBIA invites you to join us in our support of Doheny State Beach with Individual or Family, Annual or Lifetime memberships; or join us though our student, senior or organization memberships.  Members receive a 20% discount on items in our gift shop (located in the Visitor Center), invitations to special DSBIA events (including our annual Members Wild Life Cruise and our Members Barbecue), and our monthly e-newsletter (The Doheny UPDATE).

Here is a link to our membership form.   Membership Form  Please print it out, fill it in and mail it to us at the address on the form.  You may also stop in at our gift shop, located in the Visitor’s Center at the parks entrance.  Our camp volunteers would be happy to accept it!

BECOME A DONOR:  Business and Corporate Donations.  DSBIA invites businesses, service groups and corporations to join with us beyond membership through the “Doheny State Beach Corporate Donations Program.  Donations can be made towards a specific program or to support all DSBIA projects and programs.  Donations levels are suggested below.  Donors are recognized in our e-newsletter (The Doheny UPDATE), through press releases to our local media and are posted in our Visitor Center.  Donors at the Pelican Level and above will receive invitations to special DSBIA events.  All donations are tax deductible.  To discuss a donation, please email DSBIA at info@dohenystatebeach.org

Amount Level
$50,000 Blue Whale
$25,000 Gray Whale
$10,000 Dolphin
$5,000 Blue Heron
$2,000 Pelican
$500 Sea Lion

 Click on this link for our donor information form DSBIAbroch

Family and Small Group Donations.  DSBIA offers families and small groups the opportunity to support our park beyond membership through our “Family / Small Group Donations.”  Donors at the Garibaldi and Sea Lion levels may donate to specific programs or to support all the DSBIA projects and programs.  All donations are tax deductible.  Donations may be mailed to DSBIA / 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive / Dana Point, CA 92629.   Email inquiries to Ed Neely at info@dohenystatebeach.org.

Amount Level Benefits
$500 Sea Lion $25 credit in the Doheny Gift Store / Recognition in the Doheny UPDATE / 2 DSBIA Doheny "Been There – Surfed That" stickers.
$250 Garibaldi $20 credit at the Doheny Gift Store / Recognition in The Doheny UPDATE / 1 DSBIA Doheny "Been There – Surfed That" sticker
$100 Sea Urchin $10 credit at the Doheny Gift Store / Recognition in The Doheny UPDATE / 1 DSBIA Doheny "Been There – Surfed That" sticker.
$50 Sea Star $5 credit at the Doheny Gift Store / 1 DSBIA Doheny "Been There – Surfed That" sticker
$25 Grunion 1 DSBIA Doheny "Been There – Surfed That" sticker

Click on this link for our family donor form DSBIAbroch