Remembering Lana Weeks + Open Call for Art + Special Presentations

It was with heavy hearts that we learned of Lana Weeks’ passing in late November.

Our Director of Community Programs, Todd Farrington, worked with her for most of her tenure at BSLT and had this reflection: “The decade that Lana Weeks worked at Big Sur Land Trust was a truly pivotal time. She was a catalyst for moving our traditional role in land conservation to connecting people of all ages to outdoor experiences. Her imagination and passion were most evident in the creation of our outdoor youth camps at Glen Deven Ranch. Honoring the vision of Virginia Mudd – who along with her husband Seeley, bequeathed their 860-acre ranch in Big Sur to the Land Trust – Lana led the effort to bring youth who rarely have the chance to be out in nature to this wild, open space. She brought the community together and led a team to create a program that included arts, music, outdoor learning and play. Her legacy includes inspiring more than 1,000 children who have participated in our summer camps to conserve and care for the lands they will inherit. We are grateful for her contributions to expanding our mission.”

The photo above was taken on the last day of camp in the Summer of 2014. From left: Marcie Chapa, Lana Weeks, Brendan Martin (intern), Christina Weisfuss (Managing Counselor) and Todd Farrington.

Give to the Lands You Love

To care for the lands you love throughout Monterey County while creating more unforgettable experiences for youth who do not have easy access to experiences in nature, please donate now through Monterey County Gives!

Your generosity will support healthy lands, healthy people and healthy communities in our region.

Presentation: Midway Atoll Annual Albatross Nesting Census 

Thursday, December 12
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
BSLT Office, Monterey

Join long-time Big Sur Land Trust supporter and volunteer Jan Loomis as she shares her recent experience on Midway Atoll with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Through humor, story-telling and photos she will discuss the annual albatross nesting census and give an update on other current projects at Midway Atoll. Learn more and sign up here.

Christmas in the Adobes

December 13 & 14
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
509 Hartnell Street, Monterey

Come tour our “decked out” halls in the Gabriel de la Torre Adobe! Sip on sparkling cider and nibble on cookies in front of the fireplace while we tell stories of our beautiful building – thought to be the first federal courthouse in the Mexican Territory. Learn more and purchase tickets here.

Open Call for Art and Images

Convergence: Carr Lake, Ecology and Community
Entries Due: December 15
Exhibition Opening: February 12

We are excited to collaborate with California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB)’s Salinas City Center, Arts and Culture on this exhibition! CSUMB is seeking 2-dimensional images (artworks or personal images) engaging the theme of Convergence.

Convergences: expected and unexpected can enrich our lives with challenges and connections. At Carr Lake, we see the convergence of three creeks; of urban, agricultural and wildland landscapes; of multiple communities and histories; and of an entire city. 

Big Sur Land Trust sees the park we are co-creating with the community on 73-acres at Carr Lake as the convergence of “people, place and opportunity.” For more inspiration, take a look at the Virtual Video Tour and read ‘Convergence.’ Learn more and submit your work here.