2021 Board of Directors Election and Annual Organizational Meeting:
The 2021 Board of Directors Election will be held via Zoom on Thursday, January 21 at 7 pm. Candidates for 2021 are: KC Kinnings, Mike Ahumada, Rodger More, Margie Black, Kip Kinnings, Mario Cuevas, Donna Kalez, Ed Neely and Mike Foster. Please email email@example.com if you would like to be sent the link to attend the meeting.
WHAT IS THE DOHENY STATE BEACH INTERPRETIVE ASSOCIATION?
Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA), now doing business as the Doheny State Beach Foundation (DSBF), is the non-profit 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.
THE VISITOR CENTER: 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. When open, free programs for schools and other groups are available upon request, and a field trip transportation grant is available to schools (see below). DSBF continues to support both the building and care of the animals inside the facility during the closure.
THE WHALE WALK: Once upon a time, life-sized paintings of the whales found off our coastline graced the beach front promenade of the park. Time and asphalt repairs took their toll on our cetaceans and they faded away. DSBF has brought back the Whale Walk! We’ve already painted a humpback, a mother gray with her baby, an orca, a blue whale (largest animal ever on earth), a minke, a sperm whale and a fin whale (second largest whale, known as the grey hound of the sea). We have plans to expand the Doheny Whale Walk with more whales and rowdy dolphins!
FIELD TRIP 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.
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS: DSBF awards up to three (3) scholarships to graduating seniors from Dana Hills and San Juan Hills high schools 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 Interpretive Association. Scholarship applications may be obtained from the high school guidance councilors in January of the current school year.
SUPPORT OF THE PARK’S ENVIRONMENTAL AND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS: 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, supports the park’s numerous annual beach clean-ups, and supports restoration and replanting of native plants and trees in the park. DSBF took a leadership role in winning a $10,000 Odwalla grant for new trees in the park. We also provide financial support to park rangers and staff for interpretive professional development activities.
BECOME A MEMBER: We invite 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 DSBF 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. 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 Center at the parks entrance. Our camp volunteers and docents will be happy to accept it!
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
Click on this link for our donor information form DSBIAbroch