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Big Sur is a community rich in artistic and creative talent. In this fertile seedbed many wonderful grassroots projects spring forth. This page is dedicated to all the Big Sur educational and nonprofit organizations.

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Big Sur Food & Wine Festival

The Big Sur Food & Wine Festival and the Big Sur Fashion Show are projects of the Big Sur Food & Wine Festival, a nonprofit charitable trust whose mission is to uplift and support the families of Big Sur through grants to organizations focused on health, safety, education and the Arts in Big Sur and its schools.


Big Sur Health Center

Big Sur Health Center is a non-profit health care facility dedicated to the health and wellness of the Big Sur community. Our goal is to provide high-quality, comprehensive, personalized services through holistic approaches that focus on patient needs.

Big Sur Health Center provides preventative, complementary, and urgent care services, including: comprehensive physical exams, pediatrics, gynecology, minor surgery, laboratory services, and basic pharmaceutical services. The health center also carries a number of over-the-counter medications and supplies available for purchase by the public.

Big Sur Health Center is conveniently located on Highway 1, 1/8 mile south of the River Inn. 
Open Monday-Friday, 10:00-1:00 and 2:00-5:00 by appointment.
Contact us at 831-667-2580 or visit our website at:

Big Sur Historical Society


The Big Sur Historical Society was founded in 1978 to preserve and promote Big Sur’s rich cultural heritage. Towards that goal we operate the Molera Ranch House and Shop at Andrew Molera State Park, and the Bill and Luci Post Archives at Post Ranch. During the year the society makes field trips to historical sites along the Big Sur coast to record or illustrate local history. "Recipes for Living in Big Sur" is published by the Society and is a unique blend of history and recipes expressive of the art of living as practiced in Big Sur.
Contact us at 831-667-2956 or via email at . The BSHS is an all-volunteer, not for profit organization. Our archives are open by appointment for research purposes.

Molera Ranch House
The Big Sur Cultural and Natural History Center in the Molera Ranch House showcases the rich heritage and diverse natural habitats of the coast. Located within Andrew Molera State Park, once part of the historic El Sur land grant, the Molera Ranch House is the former home of the ranch foreman. Come view displays and artifacts about Big Sur artists, authors, early pioneers, indigenous peoples and the coast’s rich flora and fauna. Our gift shop includes a selection of books about Big Sur. Operated in partnership between the Big Sur Historical Society and the California State Parks Department.
Hours: Saturday and Sunday 11am to 3pm Open by appointment for groups and schools!
For information: 831-620-0541 or
Big Sur School Big Sur Park School is a new development that arose from the closure of Gazebo Park School at Esalen. We are an independently operating non-profit organization, providing nature-based education to children 1.5-5 years of age in Big Sur.
Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade (831) 667-2113 The Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade was formed in 1974 to provide structure fire protection for the residents and businesses in the Big Sur area. Our area covers 60 miles of coastline, along Highway One, from Hurricane Point on the north end to the Monterey/San Luis Obispo County line on the south. We were then and still are an all-volunteer Brigade, currently with about 40 members. Our organization now provides structure and wild land fire protection, and in addition we respond to medical calls, vehicle accidents, high angle rescues, coastal and hazardous materials incidents, and we provide management and mutual aid for major incidents such as large wild fires and emergency road closures which can isolate the entire community. The Big Sur Fire Brigade history as written by a founding member, Gary Koeppel.
Monterey County Free Libraries, Big Sur Branch (831) 667-2537 The Big Sur Public Library is an extension of the Monterey County Library system. The library has public high speed Internet access available to the public. (T-1)
Big Sur River Run The Big Sur River Run is held on the 4th Saturday in October at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. It is the most beautiful 10-K in the World! The run takes you along the Big Sur River, through redwoods and oak groves. This 10-K run and 5-K walk benefit the Big Sur Health Center and the Big Sur Volunteer Fire Brigade. Come and join this annual community event.
BIG SUR INTERNATIONAL MARATHON The Big Sur Marathon Foundation named one of the Best Marathon in America by the Ultimate Guide to Marathons.
The Big Sur Land Trust The mission of The Big Sur Land Trust is to conserve the significant lands and water of California's Central Coast for all generations.
Big Sur Softball Big Sur Softball League
For nearly 40 years, a very colorful and surprisingly competitive softball league has provided fun, entertainment and a sense of community for the residents of Big Sur, California. The rules of the league, though influenced by baseball, have largely been determined by an unusual playing field. The "ballpark" lies on sunny flat alongside the Big Sur River within the boundaries of Pfeiffer-Big Sur State Park. Here, on Monday and Tuesday evenings from the beginning of May through the end of August, a host of locals and an occassional curious visitor gather to watch teams like the Outlaws, the Rebels and the Burritos renew rivalries. To learn more about Big Sur Softball, you are invited to explore the Big Sur Softball website
CAPTAIN COOPER SCHOOL Captain Cooper School is a K-5 school nestled in the Santa Lucia Mountains of Big Sur, 26 miles south of Carmel on California State Highway One.

In addition to "Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic," Captain Cooper hosts a full enrichment program of arts, music, and gardening. Check out their beautiful garden!

Community Association of Big Sur Community Association of Big Sur
Our shared mission is to protect and defend the rural and residential character, and to preserve the natural and aesthetic beauty of the Big Sur coast; to provide for the health, safety, and welfare of the Big Sur Community; to encourage community service and otherwise act in the interests of the residents and property owners of Big Sur. CABS is committed to a collaborative approach towards responsible land stewardship. CABS believes that an effective partnership between private and public property owners is essential for a healthy and sustainable community.

Esalen Institute Gazebo School Park
Esalen Institute is dedicated to exploring work in the humanities and sciences that furthers the full realization of the human potential. Esalen offers public workshops, residential work-study programs, invitational conferences, and independent projects.
Henry Miller Library The Henry Miller Library is a public benefit, non-profit organization championing the literary, artistic and cultural contributions of the late writer, artist and Big Sur resident Henry Miller. The Library hosts a unique collection of rare Miller works and materials; the collection is being constantly expanded through acquisitions and donations.

The Library also serves as a cultural resource center, functioning as a public gallery/performance/workshop space for artists, writers, musicians and students. In addition, the Library supports education in the arts and the local environment and serves as a social center for the community.
Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve
and the Big Creek Marine Ecological Reserve

Protected by the Santa Lucia Mountains and rocky cliffs, the Big Sur coast includes the largest and most pristine coastal wilderness in central and southern California. In the center of this area, the University of California Natural Reserve System and the University of California, Santa Cruz operate two adjacent reserves, the 4200 acre Landels-Hill Big Creek Reserve and the 1200 acre Big Creek Marine Ecological Reserve (the latter is co-managed with the California Department of Fish and Game, as part of their Marine Resources Protection Act [MRPA] Reserve System). At these sites the primary mission of the University is to provide, on a long-term basis, a "window" for studies of wilderness lands and wilderness marine waters. The combination of wilderness and program are unique, and the reserve continues to make important contributions to our knowledge of wild coastal ecosystems.

Pacific Valley School

A one school district on the South Coast of Big Sur on Highway One.

Pacific Valley School is a K-12 public school in Monterey County currently with about 50 students and a staff of about 20 full and part time employees.

Located on State Highway One about 70 miles south of Monterey on the Central Coast of California.

Because of the remote South Coast location, Pacific Valley School is on a four day per week session per legislation by the California State Legislature.

Ventana Wilderness Alliance The nonprofit Ventana Wilderness Alliance (VWA) was formed in 1998 to promote awareness of the natural beauty and wild state of the public lands of the Big Sur backcountry. The organization advocates for its protection while bringing together individuals, organizations and agencies who share an affinity and respect for this unique place. The VWA improves access into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountains through its Trail Program and teaches the visiting public how to enjoy these lands responsibly through its Volunteer Wilderness Ranger program.
Ventana Wildlife Society

Conserving native wildlife and their habitats through science, education and collaboration.

Founded in 1977, Ventana Wildlife Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to conserving native wildlife and their habitats. We successfully recovered a breeding population of Bald Eagles in central California and are in the process of doing the same for California Condors. With our main office in Salinas and our field office down the coast in Big Sur, we are in prime position to manage the central California condor population (with National Park Service), lead amazing outdoor education opportunities for youth in underserved communities, and provide valuable ecological services in a variety of habitats. Our Discovery Center at Andrew Molera State Park in Big Sur is a center for public outreach during the summer and a meeting place for our regular condor tours. We also own two spectacular properties that are now protected in perpetuity as wildlife sanctuaries. Through the course of our work, we have developed an organizational culture that strongly values science, education and collaboration. Our approach positions us well to address tomorrow's ecosystem management challenges and inspire the next generation of wildlife stewards.

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