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Santa Rosa Creek Foundation

Lindsay High School students at Cayucos Beach tide pools

The Santa Rosa Creek Foundation is a private family foundation focused on having the largest possible impact on Central California communities. Donor funds were built from strong hands and backs working with relentless diligence and sweat – one orange, one box, one tree, one acre, one crop, one poor worker family at a time. Priorities are to dramatically enhance education, research, and public outreach regarding Central California’s coastal ecosystems. In particular, the foundation has a very strong interest in providing unique educational experiences, career training, and support for underrepresented students from the Central Coast and Central Valley regions of California. The below programs and activities continue to grow and shift as the fund matures and we learn what tactics and activities produce the best results over time.


Marine Science Scholars Program

Marine science student in lab

Marine Science Graduate Fellowship

 Research and Training Programs

Student researchers at Cal Poly Pier

Outreach Program 

High school student touching sea slug

Earn by Doing Program

Fund Info



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