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Spring 2017
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About Us

Jack London Park Partners (JLPP) was established by Valley of the Moon Natural History Association (VMNHA) to oversee management of the park. JLPP receives no funds from State Parks to subsidize the management and operation of the park and depends entirely on private donations to execute programming, maintain the grounds and administer operations. In 2013 the JLPP Board of Directors crystallized and adopted its Values, Vision and Mission.

VMNHA was established in 1977 to support the interpretive needs of three Sonoma County Parks: Annadel State Park, Jack London State Historic Park (JLSHP) and Sugarloaf Ridge State Historic Park. VMNHA has played a key role in providing monetary support for training, coordination and recognition of volunteers who carry out the essential functions of these parks. VMNHA has also overseen the development of cultural and recreational programs, educational exhibits, signage and historical displays at JLSHP. Among the organization's accomplishments is the award winning restoration of the cottage that Jack London lived in after acquiring Beauty Ranch. In May 2012, VMNHA became the first non-profit to enter into an operating agreement with the State of California to prevent JLSHP from closure.

Values

Preservation, Education, Collaboration, Recreation, Innovation, Sustainability/Regeneration

Vision

Jack London State Historic Park: an innovative park that preserves the dream, enriches the experience, and serves the community.

Mission

We preserve the historic and natural beauty of the park and create innovative opportunities for recreation, education and joy. We work collaboratively with our community and volunteers to ensure a sustainable park that would make Jack London proud.

JLPP strives to achieve this vision and mission by offering year round programming to meet the following objectives:

  • Affordable community events for opportunities to gather socially and build community ties. Events range from quarterly musical concerts, Jack London Book Club, art instruction in painting and photography, and Plowing Play Day, an historical re-enactment of farming at the turn of the century.
  • High quality outdoor recreation to encourage physical activity for fitness and good health. Activities include a variety of special interest hikes such as wildflower viewing, birding, nature appreciation and a "first day" hike on January 1. Horseback riding is also offered.
  • Experiential learning and environmental education that encourages a diversity of future environmental stewards. Trained docents provide school tours to support classroom learning for common core standards in arts, literature and history through an environmental lens. Teens to Trails provides trail restoration work and vocational skill training to at risk youth in collaboration with local non-profits.
  • Celebration of our cultural heritage through interpretive docent led tours designed to inspire visitors with stories of Jack London's contribution to literature, his efforts to develop and demonstrate new agricultural techniques and his affection for the natural environment. The Wolf House Express makes it possible for those who need assistance to participate on these tours.
  • Events to attract tourists which support the local economy such as Transcendence Theater Company's Broadway Under the Stars, a series of summer song and dance productions in the winery ruins of the park's Beauty Ranch.
  • JLSHP received approximately 95,000 visitors in 2015 ( 63% from Sonoma County, 37% from beyond) and coordinates with 400 volunteers to carry out the essential functions of the park.

 

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