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How You Can Help

Do you have a few hours a month to spend in the Visitor Center helping folks find their way around Hendy Woods?  Do you know enough about local ecology or history to lead an Interpretive Walk?  Do you have a good eye for exhibit display? How about eradicating invasive plants? These are a few examples of how Hendy Woods Community volunteers interact with the park and our visitors.  Be part of our Community!  Volunteer or Donate today!

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We could not exist without donations from our supporters.  HWC is a non-profit charitable 501c3 organization.
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How We Began

In early 2011, without public discussion or warning, the California Department of Parks and Recreation announced it was closing 70 parks statewide, including Hendy Woods State Park.  After an initial period of shock, local people began to organize to keep Hendy Woods open.  There are many reasons Hendy Woods should remain open to the public, including:

  • Hendy Woods is Anderson Valley's only large public open space

  • The old growth redwood groves are the most easily accessible in Mendocino County

  • Visitors are important to the local economy

  • The park's camping sites are the majority of overnight accommodations in Anderson Valley

  • The community advocated for Hendy Woods to be protected since the early 20th Century

  • Everyone LOVES Hendy Woods

After a successful Occupy Hendy Woods event organized by local young people and a large community meeting, we established the Hendy Woods Community to ensure that Hendy Woods State Park remains open to the public and its resources are protected for the enjoyment of future generations and for the well-being of the Navarro River watershed and its native plants and animals. For more information about how we came together, take a look at the film.

Now that the threat to close Hendy Woods has receded, we work with the Parks Department to provide programs, services, and infrastructure improvement that would not otherwise be possible.

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