California Chaparral Institute

The voice of the chaparral

ESCONDIDO, CA   |  www.californiachaparral.org

Mission

The California Chaparral Institute is dedicated to creating a diverse community of Nature advocates who affect positive change in order to protect and preserve native shrublands, create a more ecologically sustainable society, and share the magic of Nature to inspire people to discover their true selves and embrace the intrinsic value of all life.

Ruling year info

2010

Director

Mr. Richard W Halsey

Main address

PO BOX 545

ESCONDIDO, CA 92033 USA

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EIN

80-0318456

NTEE code info

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Fire Prevention / Protection / Control (M24)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Awareness of, and appreciation for the chaparral, California's most characteristic ecosystem, is severely lacking. As a consequence, chaparral is susceptible to being demonized or seen as worthless. This leads to destructive land use policies and projects designed to eliminate the system through clearance and burning operations. After fifteen years of battling projects and policies that would result in the destruction of native shrublands like the chaparral, we have come to the conclusion that such environmentally damaging efforts are actually symptoms of a serious malady – the disconnection from self, and as a consequence, Nature. In fundamental ways, our disconnection from Nature, and our difficulty in embracing the intrinsic value of all life, stem from our own inner conflicts. The preservation of Nature and the actualization of one’s inner self are synergistic. Both must be addressed as one enhances the other.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Chaparral Naturalist Certification

This is an interactive naturalist training adventure different from any other you have encountered. Instead of the traditional "sit and get" (sitting at a desk and passively listening), Chaparral Naturalists will actively engage in learning about links and patterns between all living things and the earth we all share. Most importantly you will gain a better understanding of yourself so you can inspire a love for Nature in others.

Population(s) Served

The key goal of the Expanding our Reach program is to expand the demographic of those participating in naturalist and docent training programs. We pursue this goal by recruiting a wide diversity of students, post-graduates, and families from throughout the community in all of our programs. With the collaborative models we employ, we leverage the environmental wisdom of participating elders to inspire younger generations. We believe the environmental community can no longer just talk to itself, but must reach out to new groups to ensure Nature continues to have a voice in the future.

Population(s) Served

With our detailed involvement in public policy and activism, we strive to prevent further loss of native shrubland habitats by stopping destructive habitat clearance projects, advising local, state, and federal government representatives and agencies, and by engaging in direct action.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Financials

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California Chaparral Institute

Board of directors
as of 02/09/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Richard Halsey

California Chaparral Institute

Term: 2009 - 2019

Christopher Blaylock

California Chaparral Institute

Anne Dabb

California Chaparral Institute