2021 Board of Directors:
President KC Kinnings
Vice President Mike Ahumada
Treasurer Rodger More
Secretary Margie Black
Mario Cuevas, Mike Foster, Donna Kalez, Kip Kinnings, and Ed Neely
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, a park gift store, and ranger offices.
The VC is currently closed due to COVID-19. DSBF continues to pay for the expenses for both the building and care of the animals inside the facility during the closure.
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.
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 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 DSBF events. All donations are tax deductible. To discuss a donation, please email DSBF at firstname.lastname@example.org