Located within traditional Pomo territory near the village site Bu’ldam, the Mendocino Woodlands National Historic Landmark State Park is a year-round group camping facility and environmental education center nestled in the heart of the Redwood Forest, just Northeast of the town of Mendocino.
A 720-acre park, the Woodlands offers 3 private group cabin camping areas (accommodating groups of 30 to 200) each with a large, well-equipped kitchen, dining hall, cabins, showers and bathrooms. The Mendocino Woodlands was built in the 1930’s by the Works Progress Administration and Civilian Conservation Corps as part of President Roosevelt’s New Deal Projects. Of all the Recreation Demonstration Areas built in the United States, the Woodlands is the only one built in California, the only one built in a Redwood forest, and one of only two built west of the Rockies. The Woodlands is the only New Deal-era Recreation Demonstration Area that has continuously served its original purpose (group camping and outdoor education) uninterrupted and virtually unaltered since opening in 1938!
The Mendocino Woodlands is operated by the Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association (MWCA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, public benefit organization and one of California State Parks original nonprofit partners. MWCA has operated and maintained the park since 1949.
As a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting the Mendocino Woodlands, and ensuring a Woodlands experience for generations to come.
Environmental education is an essential and special component offered by the Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association. Our Mendocino Outdoor Science School’s professional staff guide campers and students in exploring wildlife and plant communities for better understanding and respect for the natural world.
Many people choose the Mendocino Woodlands to hold their wedding ceremony, anniversary party, special birthday, or any celebration for friends and family to come together and hang out! For your convenience, we’ve compiled a Resource Guide of local businesses that may help you in planning your event. The peaceful setting at the Woodlands provides a unique environment for retreats, training seminars, dance, music, church, youth, nature study groups and special celebrations, particularly weddings. Your group will be a welcome addition.
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Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association sincerely thanks our past and current donors, including our beloved campers!