Our partner on the crest end of the park, Volcan Mountain Foundation, has some exciting news to share in the following guest blog post by VMF Board Member Jeff Holt.
Over a year ago, Kathleen Beck, Education Coordinator for the Volcan Mountain Foundation (VMF), envisioned a watershed relief map that could help teach visitors about Volcan Mountain’s vital watershed sources, and give them a hands-on experience on how watersheds function. She presented the idea for the 3D representation to a once local artist, Eleanor Warner. The artist made up a plan that was presented to the VMF Board of Directors that said, “Go find the money.” Over $6,000 was raised over the next year; meanwhile, Eleanor and wood working artist, Matt Johnson, started the project in earnest.
There were key contributions to the project from: the Michael & Paula Rantz Foundation, the Willis & Jane Fletcher Family Fund I at The San Diego Foundation, and the Community United Methodist Church in Julian, along with proceeds from VMF’s Julian Film Festival. VMF Advisory Board member, Diane Coombs was a major champion of the project, which will be an integral part of VMF’s partnership in the San Dieguito River Watershed Explorers program. The program provides a much-needed opportunity for underserved students to get outdoors while learning about the importance of our region’s watersheds.
As part of the hands-on watershed lesson, visitors will be able to spray ‘rain’ over the very detailed relief map and see what happens as the water flows down on its way to the Pacific Ocean and the Salton Sea. The map is part of the interpretive displays at VMF’s Volcan Mountain Nature Center located at the end of Farmer Road at the base of Volcan Mountain. Still to come is a permanent stand for the map that will be created by metal artisan Bill Porter. If you would like to arrange a visit, please contact Nicole at the VMF office (760-765-2300), or you may contact Kathleen directly (760-518-3273). For more information about Volcan Mountain and the Volcan Mountain Foundation visit www.volcanmt.org.
Post Office Box 1625
Julian, CA 92036
Featured in the photo from left to right are: Kathleen Beck, Bill Porter, Jim Lydick, and David Mosier. Photo by Jeff Holt