Mendocino Area Parks Association

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    Mendocino Area Parks Association.

    In 1984, several local park rangers were concerned that funding was being cut for educational programming in our state parks. To ensure that quality educational programming would continue, they set out to establish what is now known as the Mendocino Area Parks Association MAPA (in the summer of 2018 MAPA was changed to MendoParks). They established MendoParks’ basic premise: “Appreciation, through Education, leads to Preservation”. At first, MendoParks supported the operation of the Ford House visitor center in Mendocino Headlands State Park. Soon MendoParks was also providing funding for the state park seasonal interpreters (or naturalists), interpretive publications and exhibit panels. Over the years MendoParks took on the operational support of several visitor centers, including Van Damme, MacKerricher, and the Elk/Greenwood Museum.

    Though MendoParks’ mission has expanded to include stewardship of all of the state parks in Mendocino County, support of educational programming in our parks continues to be MendoParks’ major focus.

    45035 Main Street. Mendocino

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