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Oak Woodland Art Class by Kathleen Beck

Jim Lydick with Oaks & Art student-Photo by Kathleen Beck

In early August several middle school students attended a class in Conservation of the Oak Woodland through Art. We hiked into the nearby Preserves to find Oaks as models to draw in graphite and charcoal. There, we learned about what is happening with the bark beetle infestation and how planting new trees is one way to help with the problem of the disappearing oaks.


Planting Oaks

Walking to work has helped me in so many ways to create the projects I do.

Last winter I began walking to work in Julian from my home in Wynola. So many things I noticed along the way!

Historic Santa Ysabel General Store Reopens as Backcountry Visitor Center and Mercantile

Santa Ysabel General Store Main Room

The Volcan Mountain Foundation (VMF) is proud to be partnering in the revival of the historic Santa Ysabel General Store.  VMF was instrumental in helping to put the early pieces in place that led to the purchase of the store last fall by San Diego’s Save Our Heritage Organisation (SOHO).  The rare 1884 building located at the intersection of State Routes 7

Gift of Interpretive Training for VMF Volunteer Ambassadors

Volunteer Intrepretive Training-outside group

In preparation for the opening of the new Backcountry Visitors Center at the historic Santa Ysabel General Store, the Volcan Mountain Foundation’s Education-Outreach program, received a wonderful day-long training program led by longtime VMF friend, Mary Aldern held on Saturday, September 8th at the Pinto Ranch Retreat Center in San Felipe.