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For information about impacts to SRPNEF education programs, membership and events related to COVID-19, please visit our updates page.

Upcoming Events, Announcements, and Acknowledgements

Reserve Closure Update Due to COVID19 and Tenaja Fire

Sylvan Meadows Trailhead is now open from 7am – 6pm!
The Visitor Center, Hidden Valley and Vernal Pool areas remain closed.

The Rooted in Nature Brew Festival is CANCELLED due to COVID.  New date to be announced end of year.

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SRPNEF presents annual $45,000 donation to RivCoParks to fund the third grade education program and to support education operations at the SRP Visitor Center. Pictured – Shirley Broz – SRPNEF CFO, Erin Gettis, Bureau Chief/Planning and Development for RivCoParks. Donations provided to RivCoParks since 2004 total $720,000.


Due to COVID directives and restrictions relating to large gatherings the 2020 Live! @ the Plateau Summer Concert and Art Series has been cancelled.

HOWEVER, we are pleased to announce the 2021 season is on schedule with the concert lineup! Thank you to all the bands and sponsors for supporting the rescheduling. Purchased tickets for the 2020 series will be honored for 2021 or refunded.  

Tickets will be available in early 2021. 

The 2021 Summer Concert Lineup

The dates for the 2021 Summer Concert Series presented by Plateau Vineyards are all set. We have a great season scheduled.

June 26 – Art Show Opening Night Reception
July 3 – Concert Opening Night – USA Tribute – BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN EXPERIENCE
July 10 – Garth Brooks Tribute – THE GARTH GUY
July 17 – Queen Tribute – QUEEN NATION
July 24 – Motown/Temptations Tribute – MOTOWN MAGIC
July 31 – Heart of Rock n Roll – HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS
Aug 8 – Willie Nelson Tribute – TRUE WILLIE BAND

Here’s a small sample from the True Willie concert on August 10, 2019. He will be part of the great 2021 lineup.

Due to COVID-19 related circumstances, the application period for the Small Grant program is closed. The new application cycle will be announced in early 2021.

2019 Grant Recipients

Meet our grant recipients of the first annual Nature Education Small Grants sponsored by Pechanga Development Corporation and the Tate Law Group of Murrieta – Grants were awarded at SRPNEF’s annual “Member Mingle” meeting held on June 26.

Erica Brannon, Science teacher Murrieta Mesa High School received $1,200 for her project “A Bug’s Life/Aquatic Habitat Health” Pictured L-R – Shawn Patton, Pechanga Development Corp, Ginny Kishbauch. Chair SRPNEF Education Committee, Erica Brannon, Scott Richards, AVP Murrieta Mesa High School, Sharon Tate/Tate Law Group.


Kathy Blakemore, Science teacher from Lake Elsinore Middle School. Received $4,800 for her “Expedition SRP” science project. Pictured L-R – Shawn Patton, Pechanga Development Corp, Ginny Kishbauch, Chair SRPNEF Education Committee, Kathy Blakemore, Jason Wheelock, AVP Lake Elsinore Middle School, and Sharon Tate, Tate Law Group.


Thank you to the Pechanga Devlopment Corp and Tate Law Firm for sponsoring the grant program.

Our mission: Educate and empower youth to appreciate, preserve and protect nature.

Our vision: Children and youth in our communities will become the new generation of environmental stewards with an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Our unique program of funding and developing hands-on environmental programs is designed to encourage innovative projects that inspire, educate and empower children and youth to appreciate, preserve and protect nature.

We accomplish this…

  • through the hard work of dedicated volunteers, Docents and teachers,
  • with the help of our many partners, from individuals and governments to local nonprofits and corporate donors,
  • and by using an inclusive and collaborative approach to program development and staying true to our six unique core values.

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