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Molera Discovery Center Renovations

For Ventana Wildlife Society

In 2009, the Hind Foundation granted $40,000 to the Ventana Wildlife Society (VWS) to fund renovations to their Discovery Center located at Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur, California. The improvements include a dual-use exhibit space/conference room with a built-in projector and screen for presentations; engaging exhibits about the recovery of migratory birds; and computer terminals for children. The Park is an important resting place and breeding ground for hundreds of species of migratory birds, and the renovated Discovery Center provides visitors with the opportunity to see and interact with the exhibit “Bringing the Condors Home” and learn about condors and the efforts in the Park to rehabilitate and return the birds to the wild.

Noteworthy Outcomes
•    Benefits Many
The renovation of the State Park old barn has many purposes by serving the public as an exhibit center with interactive displays, providing the community with a public conference room with projector for events, and functions as a small office space for staff.

•    Increased Revenue
As one of the nicest facilities in State Park, the Molera Discovery Center draws more visitors and has led to an increase in memberships.

•    Better Visibility
The popular facility has created a more favorable opinion from both the State Park System and the community, bringing more visibility and support to the park – both financial and other.

 


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Area of Funding: Plant & Wildlife Restoration
Type of Funding: Standard Grant
Amount Funded: $40,000
Year Funded: 2009
Year Completed: 2009

About the Organization
Ventana Wildlife Society
19045 Portola Drive, Suite F1
Salinas, CA 93908
(831) 455-9514
www.ventanaws.org

VWS recovers individual species and tracks the populations of many others so that conservation can be timely as well as effective. Focusing on youth education, we better ensure that future generations have the willingness and capacity to help wildlife. Our vision is to have a society who cares for and supports wildlife across the planet, particularly in California.