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Inspiring the


Next Generation of Stewards

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Inspiring the


Next Generation of Stewards

 

Introducing the Big Basin Nature Museum & Research Center

We believe the best way to encourage the next generation to protect the natural bounty of Big Basin is to invite them to interact with it.

That’s why we’re raising the money needed to remake Big Basin's nature museum into an immersive experience that turns spectators into active participants in conservation. The new Nature Museum and Research Center will introduce visitors to the many endangered species in the park, allowing them to view this special place from the perspective of its inhabitants. Here, people will have the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge research being conducted in the park and to contribute their own observations as “Citizen Scientists." New technology will allow those who wish to connect with online resources a place to enhance their experience and deepen their knowledge. This multi-faceted educational experience will have something new to offer visitors of all ages, helping make their visit to Big Basin even more memorable.

We need your help to make this exciting project a reality. Please invest now in the Nature Museum and Research Center and help inspire the next generation of stewards.

 

Photograph above provided by Danny Halvorson.

 
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Meet the


People behind the project

Meet the


People behind the project

 

Our Museum Team

The project team is responsible for overseeing the many components of this exciting endeavor—the creation of a museum that helps to inspire our future conservationists.

 
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Our Museum will


Teach Them to Care

Our Museum will


Teach Them to Care

 

Mountain Parks Foundation Invests in Nature Education Experiences

Our mission is to ensure the 1.7 million people who visit Henry Cowell and Big Basin Redwoods State Parks each year gain new knowledge and a deeper appreciation for the natural wonders they contain.

 

Photograph above provided by Danny Halvorson.

 
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Redwood Science and


A History of Conservation

Redwood Science and


A History of Conservation

 

Make the Nature Museum Happen

Generous investments from a variety of donors during the silent phase of this campaign have paved the way to making this museum a reality for everyone. Together with our campaign partners, California State Parks and Save the Redwoods League, we are getting very close to meeting our fundraising goal thanks to donations from organizations, foundations and individual donors.

We now invite you, our community, to help us cross the fundraising finish line by joining us to inspire the next generation of stewards at Big Basin Redwoods State Park by investing in the Nature Museum and Research Center—a state of the art educational experience.

 

 

Campaign Progress

 
 

Museum Project Partners

 
 
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Listen to the


voices of nature

Listen to the


voices of nature

 

The Nature Blog

Hear from local experts in the fields of ecology, history, park interpretation, environmental science, and more.

 
 

Introducing the Big Basin Nature Museum & Research Center

Double Your Support to Promote a Cycle of Conservation

May 26, 2017

People of all ages learn about the wonders of nature by engaging their senses. Textbooks and lectures might work well for subjects like math, but redwood science is best understood when smelled and touched. That’s one of the reasons plans are underway to renovate and improve the Nature Museum and Research Center at Big Basin.

 
 
 

Making Connections That Last Lifetimes

How Nature Interpretation Can Save Your Parks

May 26, 2017

When he leads his school programs, Henry Cowell Interpreter, Steven Ellmore, often begins with a question: “Who does this land actually belong to?” The children suggest that the owner might be the governor. Maybe it’s the ranger. When he explains that this park actually belongs to each of them, their eyes and mouths open wide. They appear visibly pleased with this new information. But there’s a catch.

 
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The Nature Museum is


Making Headlines

The Nature Museum is


Making Headlines

 

The Museum News

The Big Basin Nature Museum & Research Center is getting a lot of buzz around town. Read all about it, or watch the footage, here.

 
 

Santa Cruz Sentinel: Campaign to Renovate Historic Big Basin Nature Museum Underway

April 19, 2017

Santa Cruz State Parks manager of Interpretation and Education, Elizabeth Hammack, describes details of plans for the museum's renovation and exhibit design.

 
 

KSBW: Boulder Creek's Overlooked Nature Gem

March 6, 2017

This segment features the current museum renovation campaign along with the $25K dollar-for-dollar matching challenge from the Dean Witter Foundation.