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Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation

San Diego, CA   |  www.mtrp.org

Mission

In partnership with the City of San Diego, preserve and protect the natural environment of Mission Trails Regional Park and to provide and promote educational and recreational opportunities.

Ruling year info

1993

Executive Director

Ms. Jennifer Morrissey

Main address

One Father Junipero Serra Trail

San Diego, CA 92119 USA

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EIN

33-0285093

NTEE code info

Educational Services and Schools - Other (B90)

Single Organization Support (C11)

Single Organization Support (W11)

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Our programs

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Environmental Education

Students in grades K-8, living primarily in socioeconomically challenged areas of San Diego County, visit Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) as an enhancement to their classroom environmental education program. Engaging participants for 3-4 hours has positive long-range impacts. Once arriving at MTRP, the program begins at the Visitor Center, providing opportunities to learn the parks' geology, history, Kumeyaay culture, and the native plants and wildlife found at the park and in San Diego County. The program includes a presentation in the Visitor Center Theater by an Education Program Instructor then a one-hour guided nature walk into the park. Following the nature walk, the students return to the Visitor Center to explore its exhibits and participate in an educational scavenger hunt. The students are also shown an education video about the history and culture of the Kumeyaay Indians. Participants learn about the challenges of bringing water to this arid region, the importance of maintaining clean water in streams and rivers, and the benefits recycling and energy conservation bring to our environment. A unique aspect of our program is that we are able to fund the cost of bus transportation making the experience free for students and schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Advocate - Ensure adequate funding is available to maintain facilities in the park and to reach and maintain park staffing levels consistent with guidelines of the Open Space Division of the Park and Recreation Department.\r\n\r\nDevelop - Ensure adequate funding to implement Annual Work Program as approved by Foundation Board of Directors and City of San Diego Park and Recreation Director.\r\n\r\nEducate - Provide information about the history of the land that became Mission Trails Regional Park and the natural resources within the park.\r\n\r\nPromote - Increase public awareness of Mission Trails Regional Park resources and financial needs.

Advocate\n(1) Increase the number of nights Kumeyaay Lake Campground is open for overnight camping. (a) Advocate for funding to increase staffing that will permit extending campground nights for the general public from two to four per week.\n(2) Advocate for funding that will increase overall staffing consistent with City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department Open Space Division guidelines.\n\nDevelop\n(1) Increase number and value of donations from individuals and businesses/corporations. (a) Develop an Action Plan by January 1, 2017.\n(2) Obtain grant funds and corporate sponsorships to implement the annual Projects/Exhibits Work Plan. (a) Research and submit proposals to fund the completion of the geology panels exhibit. (b) Obtain corporate sponsorships to meet budget for the annual Explore Mission Trails Day.\n(3) Obtain grant funds and corporate sponsorships to implement the Education Program Plan. (a) Research and submit grant proposals. (b) Obtain corporate sponsorships. (c) Identify long-term funding opportunities.\n(4) Promote bequest opportunities by working with available resources through The San Diego Foundation.\n\nEducate\n(1) Maintain relevant and up-to-date exhibits at the Visitor Center and throughout the park. (a) Implement the annual Projects/Exhibit Work Plan developed in cooperation with City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department staff assigned to Mission Trails Regional Park. \n(2) Clarify and define Foundation's role in K-8 education. (a) Develop an Education Program Plan focusing on environmental education programs that supplement programs provided by the Open Space Division of the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department. (b) Identify long-term funding to ensure program stability.\n\nPromote\n(1) Develop and implement a Mission Trails Regional Park Marketing/Strategic Outreach Plan to increase awareness of Mission Trails Regional Park, promoting areas of the park other than Cowles Mountain. (a) Utilize the pro bono services of Southwest Strategies to develop a plan to promote the park, working in cooperation with the Open Space Division of the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department.

The Foundation Board of Directors and staff work closely with Mission Trails Regional Park city staff and volunteers, and with city leadership in the Open Space Division of the Park and Recreation Department to implement the Foundation's Strategic Plan.

Advocate -\r\nKumeyaay Lake Campground - (a) Working with city staff and elected officials to secure funding to open the campground on Sunday nights when there is a federal Monday holiday. (b) Approval of an agreement between the City of San Diego and San Diego Unified School District to utilize the campground for overnight camping for the sixth grade environmental education program was approved by June 30, 2016.\r\n\r\nDevelop -\r\n$20,000 to be used toward the geology exhibits has been identified and will be used as matching funds for additional grants and sponsorship. Funds to support the environmental education program through the next 12 months have been obtained. Continue to secure grand and/or sponsorship funding for the educational fieldtrip program. \r\n\r\nEducate -\r\nThe Wonderful Wildlife of Mission Trails exhibit in the Visitor Center was completed by June 30, 2016 and work was completed to upgrade the existing indoor geology exhibit in the Visitor Center. Work has begun on three panels to be installed on the Terrace depicting the geological development of Mission Trails, with a target date of completion by December, 2017.\r\n\r\nPromote -\r\nWorking with Southwest Strategies, the Strategic Outreach Plan has been approved by city staff and the Foundation Board of Directors. Working with city staff and Southwest Strategies the 5-Peak Challenge was initiated in November, 2015 to encourage park users to hike the five main peaks in the park as an effort to redirect hikers to away from Cowles Mountain to other areas of the park. Over 4,000 individuals competed the challenge by December 31, 2016. Ads promoting the campground are placed in the July and September issues of San Diego Family Magazine. Annually, an add is placed in the San Diego Family Magazine promoting Explore Mission Trails Day and all the park has to offer the entire family.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

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    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

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  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation

Board of directors
as of 01/30/2023
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Board chair

Mr. Lane MacKenzie

Nancy Acevedo

Community Volunteer

Betty Ogilvie

Community Volunteer

Dorothy Leonard

Community Volunteer

J. Carlton Morse II

Community Volunteer

Joseph (Joe) Morse

Community Volunteer

Neil Mohr

Community Volunteer

Lane MacKenzie

Community Volunteer

Ruth Gautereaux

Community Volunteer

Bruce Folkmann

Community Volunteer

Lauren Krase

Community Volunteer

Brian Wright

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/30/2023

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.