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MCF Strategic Plan:

Access to Parks and Green Space

Marin has a long tradition of creating and preserving open space. However, many of its residents, for various reasons, are not able to benefit from this unique local resource. Despite the abundance of public lands in the County, underserved communities lack adequate access to open spaces and programs that meet their needs for healthy well-being, environmental education, and stewardship.

An analysis by the Trust for Public Land identified Marin City, the Canal and other areas in San Rafael, and low-income neighborhoods in Novato as having limited access to parks and open space.

Also, there are fewer opportunities for low-income youth and youth of color to access effective outdoor opportunities in Marin County, particularly ones that engage them in high-quality environmental education, physical activity, job readiness experiences, and stewardship opportunities.

Strategy: Assist underserved residents—those who are low-income, people of color, youth, persons with mobility impairment, and older adults—to use and benefit from natural areas, parks, and other green spaces throughout the county.

MCF is funding efforts to develop, refine, and implement green space programming that is culturally relevant and meets the needs of underserved residents. It is also supporting activities that support community-based planning for existing and new green spaces that benefit underserved communities.

Grants made since the implementation of MCF’s Strategic Plan:

Grants
Organization Description Awarded Amount
A Home Away From Homelessness To provide homeless children a respite through outdoor programs and retreats. $20,000.00
A Home Away From Homelessness To provide homeless children a respite through outdoor programs and retreats. $25,000.00
Aim High To provide underserved middle school-aged youth with hands-on experiences that foster environmental awareness and stewardship ethics. $5,000.00
Aim High To support Aim High Headlands Environmental Home. $10,000.00
Aim High To support the Headlands Environmental Home Program. $10,000.00
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation To introduce underserved youth to state parks through culturally relevant and enriching programs. $20,000.00
Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation To support Poetry in Motion. $20,000.00
Audubon Society To strengthen and expand environmental understanding and use of Richardson Bay by underserved students. $20,000.00
Audubon Society To support education programming. $25,000.00
Audubon Society To support Richardson Bay Audubon Center education programming. $30,000.00
Bay Area Open Space Council To support Nature Within Reach. $30,000.00
Conservation Corps North Bay To engage underserved teenagers from Marin City, the Canal, and Novato in summer outdoor recreation and hands-on environmental projects. $35,000.00
Conservation Corps North Bay To organize mentoring and natural resource projects on Marin open space lands for underserved residents. $80,000.00
Conservation Corps North Bay To organize mentoring and natural resource projects on Marin open space lands for underserved residents. $20,000.00
Conservation Corps North Bay To support Project ReGeneration. $35,000.00
Conservation Corps North Bay To support Project ReGeneration. $35,000.00
Environmental Traveling Companions To support ETC Marin Access. $20,000.00
Green Sangha To support the Teen Environmental Leadership Academy. $10,000.00
Marin County Office of Education To provide Camp Soulajule scholarships. $13,000.00
Marin County Office of Education To provide Camp Soulajule scholarships. $10,000.00
Grassroots Leadership Network of Marin To support Marin City Green Access. $15,000.00
Marin Organic To provide access to Marin's open spaces and farmlands for underserved youth. $20,000.00
Marin Organic To support organic farm programs. $20,000.00
Marin Organic To support the Farm Days Education and outreach program. $25,000.00
NatureBridge To provide scholarships for underserved students to participate in the Teen Environmental Action Mentorship and Field Science Education programs. $30,000.00
NatureBridge To support participation in two culturally relevant environmental education programs. $25,000.00
NatureBridge To support Teen Environmental Education Mentorship (TEEM) program. $20,000.00
Next Generation To support the Youth in Nature Initiative. $20,000.00
Next Generation To support the Youth In Nature Initiative. $20,000.00
Next Generation To support youth programs that provide outdoor environmental education for low-income students and students of color in Marin. $45,000.00
Point Reyes National Seashore Association To support programs for youth. $20,000.00
PRBO Conservation Science To support outdoor programs for underserved youth in the Canal that promote environmental literacy and science-based education. $25,000.00
PRBO Conservation Science To support science and ecology education. $20,000.00
PRBO Conservation Science To support the Bird Education and Awareness in Communities program. $20,000.00
Regents of the University of California To facilitate the development of community-supported gardens throughout Marin. $40,000.00
Regents of the University of California To support the Marin Gardens Project. $25,000.00
Spaulding Wooden Boat Center To support the Open Sails project. $20,000.00
Spaulding Wooden Boat Center To support the Youth Boatbuilding & Sailing Program. $20,000.00
Trips for Kids Marin To support bike rides for youth. $5,000.00
Trips for Kids Marin To support green space recreational programming. $5,000.00
The Trust for Public Land To develop a plan to transform a derelict playground in the Canal neighborhood into a community park. $25,000.00
The Trust for Public Land To support the Canal Community Garden. $25,000.00
West Marin Commons To plan the development of public open space in West Marin for all residents to use and enjoy. $25,000.00
West Marin Commons To support Building Community through Open Space. $20,000.00
West Marin Commons To support the Common Spaces project, which restores walkways and pathways to public gathering spaces. $20,000.00
WildCare To support Children and Families in Nature. $35,000.00
WildCare To support nature programs. $30,000.00
WildCare To support the pilot year of the Families in Nature Initiative. $40,000.00
Women Helping All People To support the environmental leadership summer day camp. $25,000.00
Total Access to Parks, Green Space Grants: $1,158,000.00