30 Years in California State Parks

Event Date:
Jun 5, 2019 at 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Middlebury Institute of International Studies
499 Pierce
Monterey, CA

Old Monterey Foundation continues its popular season of free lecture events as part of its 2019 Lecture Series sponsored by The Marcia F. Devoe Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County with its third event. Presenter Michael Green has been involved with Monterey's Old Fisherman's Wharf for many years through History Fest and Christmas in the Adobes.




What: “30 Years in California State Parks”


Lecture Description: At the end of his career, State Park Interpreter Michael D. Green highlights three decades as a Tour Guide, Supervisor, Academy Instructor and Monterey State Historic Park Interpreter. A "behind the scenes look" at the often-humorous encounters between park employee and the exotic species known as the park visitor, Green will share memories and images at the virtual campfire ring. 


About Michael Green, State Park Interpreter III


Michael Green began his career in Parks in 1990 as a tour guide at Hearst Castle where he learned how to interpret historic sites, eventually sharing interpretive techniques with new Guide Trainee classes held each winter. An opportunity to promote to full time Supervisor led him to Sacramento’s State Capitol Museum where he coordinated the tour program for schools, Member constituents and the Governor’s Office. Frequent requests from the State Park Training Center at Asilomar to serve as a trainer for interpretation classes brought him back to the Central Coast. This eventually led to a position as the Department’s first full-time Interpretation Training Specialist at Asilomar. In 2007, he served as interim Academy Director and State Park Training Officer. In 2008, he became a true “Montereyan” when he came to Monterey State Historic Park where he has served as Interpretive Program Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for the last 11 years.   


Bill Wojtkowski, President of the Old Monterey Foundation Board of Directors, will also present a brief overview of recent improvements accomplished and planned for the Lower Presidio Historic Park. 


When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Lecture: 6:00 p.m.–6:45 p.m. Q & A: 6:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reception: 7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.


Where: Irvine Auditorium, McCone Building, MIIS; 499 Pierce Street, Monterey


Free Admission - Reception to follow with wine and cheese.


For more information about Old Monterey Foundation, call (831) 346-3030 or visitwww.oldmontereyfoundation.org


The lectures are very popular so attendees are urged to come early to secure a seat.


This lecture is suitable for ages 9 and up.


The event is hosted by Old Monterey Foundation and is sponsored by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.


About Old Monterey Foundation


The Old Monterey Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was formed on February 14, 2011, with the specific mission and purpose of promoting, supporting and enhancing the artistic, cultural and historic environment of historic Downtown Monterey, California.  The group is well known for their work with the Art-in-the-Adobes event that was held from 2011-2013 as well as other fundraisers, on-going lectures and events. It is currently holding a free family-fun Picnic in the Park event on June 22, 2019 and has resumed its 3rd Saturday Lower Presidio Historic Park Walking Tours with historian Tim Thomas.  Its private/public partnership with the City of Monterey heralds a new way of doing public business in a State strapped to find funds for park operations and expansions.


The Lower Presidio Historic Park, described as “The Most Historically Significant Site on the West Coast” and “One of the Most Beautiful Places in Monterey”, is becoming a true historic public park to be enjoyed by locals and visitors. Old Monterey Foundation, in cooperation with the City of Monterey, has raised initial funds to complete Phase One of the project to enhance and restore this historic 25.3-acre site. In 2017, it installed nine new interpretive signs, a white wooden perimeter fence, and two new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessible pathways of the Harbor Trail which extends to the Serra Monument and the Vista Trail that goes up the hill to the Sloat Monument.  


Old Monterey Foundation is continuing to seek public donations to help complete Phase One of the project, which is improving amenities around the Park with picnic tables, benches, directional signs, and a sidewalk connecting the two trails.  Plans for other improvements, including rebuilding the stables and incorporation of the adjacent Viscaino Park are in the works.


Old Monterey Foundation raised funds for new picnic tables and benches, recently installed at the park. There is now a total of eight convenient picnic tables and five benches on site at this beautiful park which is now a perfect picnic destination!


Many local organizations have played a role in the development of this project including Old Monterey Foundation, the Neighborhood Improvement Program, City of Monterey, Rotary Club of Monterey, Community Foundation for Monterey County, Monterey Peninsula Foundation, Presidio of Monterey and Granite Construction. The project is funded by the City of Monterey’s Neighborhood Improvement Program.


The Lower Presidio Historic Park is one of the least-visited historic parks in the area due to some confusion about whether the public is allowed in the area.   Situated in a “hidden in plain sight” location, the Park can be found above Pacific Street at the Lighthouse Curve in Downtown Monterey. The park features spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and Harbor and will become a jewel of the City of Monterey’s park system.      


Old Monterey Foundation’s current goals are the continued development of

the  Lower Presidio Historic Park as well as providing more public art in Downtown Monterey.


Old Monterey Foundation invites everyone to become members of "Friends of the Lower Presidio" at  www.oldmontereyfoundation.org and make tax-deductible donations to more quickly restore the park. 


The City of Monterey Outreach Office produced an informative short video about the Lower Presidio Historic Park and its significance to California and American history:  https://youtu.be/Lg7X0spnC4k