California Department of Parks and Recreation manages more than 270 park units, which contain the finest and most diverse collection of natural, cultural, and recreational resources to be found within California. Doheny State Beach is one of California’s most popular state beaches and attacts almost one million visitors per year. The beach property was donated for public use in 1931 and was California’s first state beach.
The San Onofre Parks Foundation is a California non-profit 501(c) (3) public benefit, charitable corporation, whose mission is to provide for education and interpretive services regarding all aspects of the natural, cultural, historical and biological diversity of California State Parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches; promoting environmental awareness and ethics; and enhancing the quality of recreation experience at these unique coastal parks.
Using the ocean as our classroom, we inspire children to learn.
For nearly 40 years, Ocean Institute educators have excelled in using the ocean as their classroom to inspire students to learn. Long before Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math became popularly- known as STEM, the Ocean Institute immersed k-12 students in marine science and maritime experiences, taking advantage of a natural fascination with the ocean to drive life-changing learning opportunities.
Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association (DSBIA) is the non-profit cooperating association of Doheny State Beach, dedicated to the protection of the park’s beaches, facilities, marine refuge and its historical, cultural and social stories. These challenges are met through DSBIA’s fundraising efforts and active support of the park’s educational, interpretive, conservation and restoration programs. DSBIA was established in 1982, making it one of the oldest cooperating associations in the California State Parks System.