Commitment to Our Environment
A strong dedication to considering and benefiting our surrounding environment is woven into nearly every aspect of Pacifica. How we support this integral part of our mission can be broken into three broad categories:
Our Educational Programs
One of Pacifica’s foremost objectives, our educational programs promote the study of plants, the local and greater environment, and conservation. Perhaps more importantly, these programs are designed to inspire a deepened connection with and curiosity toward nature, encouraging a continued relationship with the natural world. Our combined programs reach over 5,000 children and adults each year.
You can learn more about Pacifica’s educational programs here.
The majority of Pacifica’s expansive property is dedicated to preservation and education, and can be broadly divided into two parts: the 250 acre Botanic Garden area and the 200 acre Klamath-Siskiyou ‘Nature Center’. Pacifica’s numerous Botanic Gardens offer habitat and sustenance for many species of pollinators and birds, and maintain a diverse genetic resource of native and ornamental plants. The ‘Nature Center’ is comprised of land in natural vegetation, which has not been farmed or grazed for many years. Including at least four distinct habitats, this land supports hundreds of native species of plants and wildlife. The property also provides ongoing education via interpretive signage on a number of subjects for the benefit of visitors.
You can learn more about Pacifica’s Botanic Gardens here.
Pacifica strives to implement best practices for the environment wherever possible. In 2018, thanks to a generous grant through the Blue Sky Project, a 21.6-kilowatt solar array was installed on the property, which is expected to offset approximately 40-50% of Pacifica’s yearly electrical energy needs. Pacifica also retains the nationally respected Forestfarm Nursery, whose wide selection of species aims to cultivate, protect, and disseminate threatened, hard to find native and non-native plants. Both Pacifica and Forestfarm implement sustainable water and cultural planting methods whenever possible, including Integrated Pest Management and the exclusion of any neonictinoid use.
You can learn more about Forestfarm and view their catalog of available plants here.