Advocates for the

Forest of Nisene Marks

The Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is a non-profit volunteer organization that supports the maintenance and improvement of the park. The Advocates engage in a number of activities which support this goal.

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Our Mission

help the park continue to flourish

The Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park is a non-profit volunteer organization that supports the maintenance and improvement of the park. The Advocates engage in a number of activities which support this goal. The park depends on support from volunteers and donations.

  • Volunteer to help maintain the trails
  • Learn about the park
  • Sign up for updates
  • Make a donation

GET INVOLVED

Trailwork Days in the Park

Join us! Every 3rd Sunday of the month the Advocates meet in the park for trailwork days. Meet at the main entrance kiosk desk at 9:30 am for refreshments and trailwork kickoff.

The park offers 10,000 acres of rugged semi-wilderness, rising from sea level to steep coastal mountains of more than 2,600 feet. Volunteers and visitors can still find evidence of these logging camps, mill sites, and train trestles in the park. There are 30 miles of trails nestled in this second-growth forest, perfect for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding or a leisurely stroll. A number of picnic areas are available with charcoal grills.

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Latest News

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Seasonal Bridge Install

Spring is here... it's time to put in the bridges! The Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks provide yearly maintainance and improvements to the park including trail clearing, trash removal, and bridge installation! See where we are making a difference for the park and how you can help.

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Students: Come Get Community Service Hours in Nature!

Come get community service hours in nature! 3-4 hours once a month during Advocates Trail Work days. Sunday 9/18/16 9:30am at Kiosk. Every 3rd Sunday of the month. Students: if you are under 18 your parent must sign a waiver. They can do this at drop off, or if you drive yourself, download it from the “volunteer” page and have your parent sign it prior to coming.

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FOREST OF NISENE MARKS NATURE

Animals in the Park

When you think about animals in Nisene Marks, forest owls might not come up to mind right away. Bobcats, mountain lions, raccoons and such get all the glory. But we cannot forget our avian friends. Owls have been quite active lately since it is mating time for them. It always seems like such a treat to see an owl for we know them to be mainly nocturnal (like most species we have), very cryptic, and illusive. Nisene Marks has several owls to see and the best timing is early morning just after sunrise and at dusk before sunset. I have seen three different species here: the Great Horned owl, Western Screech owl, and the adorable Norther Saw Whet owl (my favorite bird).

While strolling around the forest don't forget to look up and around in the trees for a silhouette of an owl. Keep your eyes and ears open for hoots or screeching sounds. It will be a rare treat, one you will not forget. Barn owls and Great Horned owls can be seen in the dirt lot near the entrance to Nisene Marks near sunset and dusk so take the time to look. Also have a hoot and don't pollute while you venture into the forest. Enjoy the birds!

- Melanie Dominguez, Board Director

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