2023 Board of Directors
President KC Kinnings
Vice President Mike Ahumada
Treasurer Carrie Frost
Secretary Margie Black
Mario Cuevas, Mike Foster, Donna Kalez, Kip Kinnings, Rodger Moore and Mary Hartman (not pictured Carrie Frost)
The Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA), now doing business as the Doheny State Beach Foundation (DSBF), is the nonprofit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach dedicated to the protection of the park’s beaches, facilities, marine refuge and historical and cultural stories. These challenges are met through our fundraising efforts and active support of the park’s educational, interpretive, conservation and restoration programs. The Foundation was established in 1982, and is one of the oldest cooperating associations in the California State Parks System.
Visitor Center and Aquarium
DSBF teamed with California State Parks in renovating and upgrading the Visitor Center (VC) following great damage to the building in 2007. Today, the VC contains the largest public aquarium in the California State Park System with a tide pool tank and 5 other aquarium tanks containing local species from the various ocean habitats off the Doheny coastline, displays of birds and mammals, and ranger offices.
DSBF provides financial support for the Park’s Junior Ranger Summer program open to park visitors and the local community, and to the Lifeguards’ Junior Lifeguard Waterman Academy. DSBF assists with the Park’s summer campfire program, numerous annual beach clean-ups, interpretive panel program, and supports restoration and replanting of native plants and trees in the park. We also provide financial support to park rangers and staff for interpretive professional development activities.
The Whale Walk along the Doheny State Beach Boardwalk will be repainted once the pipe project at Doheny has been completed.
Field Trip and Transportation Grants
DSBF provides grants to public and private schools to pay all or part 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.
DSBF awards up to three (3) scholarships to graduating seniors from Dana Hills High School who will be attending an accredited 2 or 4 year colleges or universities 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 Foundation.
BECOME A MEMBER: We invite you to join us in our support of Doheny State Beach with Individual or Family, Annual or Lifetime memberships. Members receive invitations to special DSBF events, including our annual Members Wild Life Cruise and our Members Barbecue, and our monthly e-newsletter, The Doheny UPDATE. Membership Brochure
BECOME A DONOR: Business and Corporate Donations. DSBF 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 DSBF projects and programs. Donations levels are suggested below. Donors at the Pelican Level and above will receive invitations to special DSBF events. All donations are tax deductible. To discuss a donation, please email DSBF at email@example.com
$50,000 Blue Whale
$25,000 Gray Whale
$5,000 Blue Heron
$500 Sea Lion
NOMINATIONS FOR THE 2023 Doheny State Beach Foundation BOARD OF DIRECTORS Election
Nominations to the 2023 Doheny State Beach Foundation Board of Directors election are being accepted now through December 30, 2022.
Duties of a board member include attending monthly (or as needed) board meetings and volunteer participation in and leadership of various DSBF activities and events. Board members will serve a two-year term (2023-2025).
A candidate must be a member in good standing with DSBF. A candidate may be nominated by others or self-nominated.
All nominations by members require 5 signatures of DSBF members in good standing supporting the candidate’s nomination.
Completed nomination forms must be turned into Executive Director, Kim Tilly no later than Dec. 30th. Nominations may be hand delivered to the Doheny Visitor Center or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, or by US POSTAL SERVICE to DSBF-Attn. Kim Tilly-25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive -Dana Point, CA 92629 (Postmarked by Dec. 20th).
Nomination forms can be obtained at the link below.