Supporting the Anza Community
The ANZA TRAIL FOUNDATION, a 501 (C) (3)
is a private, non-profit organization that raises visibility and promotes knowledge of the epic eighteenth-century expeditions of Juan Bautista de Anza, and preserves the Anza National Historic Trail through collaboration and partnering with organizations and individuals.
The Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail commemorates the heroic 1775-76 Spanish colonial expedition that traveled 1800 miles from Sonora across Alta California to the Bay Area and established what became San Francisco.
The ANZA TRAIL FOUNDATION works closely with the National Park Service, other government agencies, and private organizations.
That future generations will enjoy and preserve the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and celebrate the inspiring historic accomplishments of the Anza expeditions, including the compelling multi-cultural, still largely untold, stories of Spanish colonial exploration and settlement.
Anza Trail Foundation
Accomplishments & Focus
* April – Anza Interpretive Wayside Kiosk Project Completed– With $6K received from a National Park Service Cooperative Agreement grant, we completed, installed & dedicated a new interpretive kiosk at San Gabriel Mission which depicts the passage of the Anza Expedition through the region now known as the San Gabriel Valley in 1776-1777.
* September — Web de Anza Update and Upgrade Project Completed — With funds received from a National Park Service 2011 Cooperative Service Grant, we contracted with the University of Oregon Web de Anza Team to upgrade and update the Web de Anza Website. The project was completed and all project deliverables have been received.
* September – Additional $10K Received from NPS for Outdoor Interpretive Waysides Projects for Arizona and California – With the additional funds, we plan to design, install and dedicate a new Anza Expedition Interpretive Wayside Exhibit at the Yuma, AZ Crossing, and provide seed money for additional exhibits along the Anza Trail in AZ & CA.
* October — Received $10K Grant from BLM to complete Anza Colonist’s Project – Phase I – These funds will allow us to enter into a contract agreement to implement many of the recommendations outlined for updating and upgrading the Web de Anza website.
* November – Our Anza Trail Foundation Chair participated in a 2015 visioning and planning workshop with NPS Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail staff.
* Ongoing — Anza Expedition Children’s Drama Project – Our members continue to participate and support a program to assist public school teachers and students in Arizona with obtaining costumes, materials and supplies for creating reenactments based on the Juan Bautista de Anza historic expeditions.
* Ongoing – Healthy People, Healthy Trails and Open-space Program — Our Anza Trail Foundation Chair continues to provide guidance and support to the Santa Barbara County Trail Council in their quest to develop a Healthy People, Healthy Trails and Open-space Program Initiative for Santa Barbara County.
Events and Public Outreach
We support events such as Yuma Crossing Days, Anza Days in Tubac and the East Bay,
Pasados del Presidio in San Francisco, and multiple Anza Trail exhibit openings in Arizona and California.
We support the establishment of new trail easements, design and construction of new segments of the Anza Trail in cooperation with the National Park Service, State, County, City and local area Anza Trail proponents.
If you are interested in becoming an Anza Trail Foundation member, serve on the Board of Directors, learn about opportunities to become involved as an Anza Trail Volunteer, learn more about our various projects, or make a donation — please contact us at either anzatrailfoundation.com or anzahistorictrail.org.