As National Park Week comes to an end, we hope you found time to get outside and explore your public lands. Raptors, condors, wildflowers, insects, and our cultural heritage are all resources preserved by our national parks and their stewardship is not just in the hands of the National Park Service but in all of our hands.
This year Pinnacles Partnership will continue to work with park staff and our partners to fulfill our mission of "Ensuring Excellence in Education, Resource Stewardship, and Visitor Experiences." Our current projects include the upcoming completion of the Bacon Ranch interpretive signs, and a ribbon cutting ceremony to which members will be invited! We are seeking funding for the restoration needs of the Bear Valley School site and we are very excited about the upcoming construction of the Jawbone Trail, which will connect the west side visitor center to the Chapparal trailhead, including an accessible loop and new interpretive signage.
Students are visiting Camp Pinnacles for an overnight Science Camp and we are please to offer transportation scholarships to participating schools this year! We have a new partnership with the REI Outdoor School to lead guided hikes in search of condors along with our dedicated volunteers Joe Belli and Richard Neidhardt.
A new condor chick hatched in the park last week and we aim to help the Pinnacles Condor Program meet their goal of fitting half the Pinnacles free flying flock with GPS units this year in order to help ensure the reproductive success of more California condors.
The Pinnacles has been a part of the last 100 years of NPS history and we can have pride in the dynamic connections that have been built between people and nature to create the nation’s newest National Park. It is through our members that we are able to fund these important park programs. With the thought of looking forward to the next 100 years of Pinnacles National Park, please consider joining us with your financial support during this 2016 National Park Service Centennial year.