Nature Center Overview
Mission of the Chula Vista Nature Center
Nature Center Board of Trustees
Friends of the Chula Vista Nature Center
Why does the Chula Vista Nature Center do what it does? Beyond
the facts and figures, beyond the legal and environmental mitigation
wrangling which brought about the physical existence of this institution,
beyond all the personal reasons of Nature Center founders - there
are fundamental grounds for our existence.
The Chula Vista Nature Center is not unique. Not in the slightest.
Considering all the "nature" places which quickly come
to mind, the places which we recall after some effort, as well as
the numerous places which contact the Nature Center for information
and networking on a regular basis - there are thousands of facilities
in the United States alone which have "nature" as their
singular or tangential focus.
At the Chula Vista Nature Center, we take a lot of pride in trying
to present elements which thoughtfully frame the wonder of nature,
and while it is felt that this institution does a pretty good job
of it, even our best efforts - by definition - fall short of the
awesomeness of the real thing. All institutional efforts do.
All the same, there must be a compelling reason for pursuit of
these nature-oriented educational endeavors. John Muir once penned
that "...when one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds
it attached to the rest of the world." While it seems an uphill
struggle at times to get the general populous to pay attention to
this elementary notion, the natural world is the basic building
block which so completely defines our existence. Rene Dubos writes,
"Man shapes himself through decisions that shape his environment." It is important that we understand the extreme order of the natural
world, even when we perceive overwhelming randomness in it.
The attention we pay to nature as we wrought out our existence
will pay us back one way or another. Think about it. The Chula Vista
Nature Center exists to provide a window through which we can view
a portion of the foundation upon which our modern lives depend.
Just as one window in a home provides only a view of one sector
of the world outside, it takes many institutions with their many
windows to provide views which together make up the whole picture.
Our window on the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge provides
a glimpse into a salt marsh environment subtended by urban encroachment
and influence. It is a small window, but an important one nonetheless.
It is our hope that we'll all pull up a chair, at one time or another,
and take a moment to look through it. Come join us! Why not?
The Chula Vista Nature Center is dedicated to serving the public
providing a quality nature center/living museum experience
while promoting coastal resource conservation and environmental
stewardship through education.
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Nature Center Board of
F.L. Wergeland, Jr., M.D., (Chair) Friends of the CVNC Representative
Bill Cañedo, Citizen at Large
Greg Cox, Chula Vista Rep. to Board of Supervisors
Susan Fuller, Nature Center Volunteers Representative
Sharon Harmon,Citizen at Large
Eileen Maher, Chula Vista Rep. to San Diego Unified Port District
Barbara Main, Citizen at Large
Sharilyn Sarb, CA Coastal Commission
Margie Stinson, Educational Community Representative
Andy Yuen, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Herb Young, Environmental Community Representative
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Friends of the Chula Vista
Greg Cox, Supervisor, SD County Board of Supervisors
Anthony Cutri, AIA Architect, Martinez + Cutri
Roland Daniel, Hanson Aggregates
Maryellene Deason, Instructor, Southwestern College
Zaneta Encarnacion, Citizen at Large
J. David Gardner, Sr., Principal, Highland Partnership, Inc.
Brian Joseph, DVM, Owner, Living Exhibits, Inc.
Stephanie Kingston, City of Chula Vista
Patricia Ludi, Chula Vista Elementary School District
Christine Malone, Nature Center Volunteer
Natasha Martinez, Citizen at Large
Steven L. Miesen, Facility Manager, Pacific Waste
Marianne Mievers, Nature Center Volunteer
Frank A. Powell, Jr., Retired SeaWorld Executive
Frank Roseman, Retired
Donald W. Smith, CFP Vice President, Merrill Lynch
Louis Vignapiano, City of Chula Vista
Kenneth Weimer, Retired Business Owner
F.L. Wergeland, Jr., M.D., Retired