Photo credit: Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA)
The Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association (AMIA) received a $9,220 park improvement grant from the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) to conduct special bi-monthly “senior days” in the park over a four-month period in the spring of 2023. Seniors who enroll in the special program will be transported by bus free of charge from Lake County senior centers to attend a day at the park. Each day will include two educational programs and a free picnic.
According to Henry Bornstein, AMIA Grants Coordinator, “The idea behind this project is to allow seniors to feel welcome in the park, have fun outdoors and learn more about the historic park in Anderson Marsh State. The park is an important part of what Lake County has to offer its residents and may have been overlooked by seniors who may not have felt comfortable visiting the park on their own.
“The special programs will be educational, but also fun,” said Roberta Lyons, President of AMIA. “Seniors who attend special park days will learn about the long history of the Indigenous peoples who lived on the land now known as Anderson Marsh State Historic Park and the history of Europeans who more recently lived on this land. earth. They will also be able to learn about the park’s rich natural history, plant habitats and wildlife.
“AMIA is grateful for the financial support from the California State Parks Foundation that will allow this project to get off the ground,” Bornstein said. “Once this pilot project is complete, we hope to find funding to continue the program and expand it to create an ongoing program supporting the ability of Lake County seniors to visit the park and experience the benefits of being at outdoors in nature.”
The AMIA is a non-profit association that cooperates with state parks to support and promote educational and interpretive activities at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park. For more information on Anderson Marsh State Historic Park or the AMIA, please visit www.andersonmarsh.org or contact AMIA at [email protected] or 707-995-2658. Information about the California State Parks Foundation is available at www.calparks.org,