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San Gabriel Mountains Heritage Associationis a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to conservation education. Through a participating agreement with the U.S. Forest Service, we carry out our mission by providing programs for schools, scouts, and families at two Forest Service educational facilities. Our volunteers also staff front counters at two visitor information centers, and help with the maintenance of exhibits and educational materials. A Program Manager coordinates our day-to-day programs, but our volunteers comprise the lifeblood of our organization. Managed by an unpaid board of directors, we form a cross section of our local communities: retired educators, business people, artisans, AmeriCorps members, and student interns. The uniting factor for all of us is a deep appreciation of our local mountain ecosystems and the belief that education advances the cause of preservation.
For visitors and residents alike, the San Gabriel Mountains present an iconic backdrop to the greater Los Angeles area. During this time of shrinking budgets for forests and parks approximately 4 million visitors are looking to the local mountains for recreation, natural discoveries, and spiritual renewal. Though the need is great, the rewards for those who support or join in the work are greater.