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Why was The San Onofre Foundation created?

Our State Parks are places of respite and inspiration that we, as a community, give to ourselves. They provide us with a sense of place in history and the wonderful benefits of diverse recreational opportunity. The State of California is unable to fully fund and support our park system, and as such the community has the opportunity to provide direct support to specific parks through non-profit organizations such as the San Onofre Foundation. The Foundation’s primary mission is to assist State Parks in the delivery of education and interpretation within the parks at San Onofre and San Clemente State Beaches.

How will SOF assist State Parks?

The Foundation seeks to provide unique educational panels at appropriate locations that will share the rich natural and cultural history of the parks. The foundation will fund educational outreach services to public schools, expand traditional campfire programs, sponsor education centered events in the parks, develop docent programs, expand visitor center operations at San Clemente State Beach. The Foundation intends to seek broad community support in the design, funding and development of a safe pedestrian railroad crossing and environmentally friendly raised boardwalk accessing Lower Trestles Beach.

What is SOF's position on the proposed Toll Road through San Onofre?

Although the Foundation is not organized for the purposes of political activisim or lobbying, the organization demands that threats to the integrity of the parklands be addressed through a combination of rational, contemporary, intellectual dialogue. There are alternatives to the toll road as designed. The community of park supporters and stakeholders ask to be heard and respected.

Where did the name San Onofre come from?

It is likely that the early Spanish explorers came upon the creek on the feast day of Saint Onophrius, an obscure Egyptian/Christian monk, as they made their way north from San Diego in search of an inland route to Monterey. Landmarks were typically named in this fashion. The place name of San Onofre refers to much of the expanse of coast between the communities of San Clemente and Oceanside. San Onofre Creek meets the ocean at the surf break known as Church.

How do I get a campsite at San Clemente or San Onofre?

Go to the California State Parks website at www.parks.ca.gov These are among the most popular campsites in California, and reservations fill up early. If all reservations are full, keep checking back for cancellations. The Bluffs Campground at San Onofre typically has space available for last minute camping Sunday night through Thursday night, but is full on reservations Friday and Saturday night.

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