Vikingsholm Musicians’ Bio

Hear them at SSPF’s Annual Music in the Castle Events Dr. Nelson was on the music faculty at Cerritos College in Los Angeles for over 25 years. Now retired, he devotes his time to composition and performance. After completing a Ph.D. in music theory/composition at the University of California Santa Barbara in 1980, David worked […]

Celebrating our Exemplary Employee: Brian Herlihy!

Last month, the North Lake Tahoe Resort Association hosted the 65th Annual North Lake Tahoe Community Awards in Tahoe City, CA. We are honored to announce our own Brian Herlihy won “Employee of the Year!” Get to know our amazing Business Manager with this brief interview What has your career journey looked like? I got […]

The 2019 No Show Gala

WHAT? The No Show Gala is a one-of-a-kind fundraising opportunity with a twist. Instead of attending yet another gala, you can support The Donner Project without getting dressed up and leaving your house. And, since we aren’t paying for an event space or catering, 100% of your donations will go directly to restore the critically […]

A Partnership Success Story: California’s First Maritime Heritage Trail at Emerald Bay Underwater Park

For Immediate Release: Oct. 1, 2018 Contact: Adeline Yee   |   Information Officer   |   (916) 651-8725 California’s First Maritime Heritage Trail Opens at Emerald Bay Underwater Park in Lake Tahoe Scuba Divers Can Now Explore Newly Revealed Dive Sites LAKE TAHOE, Calif.— California State Parks and the Sierra State Parks Foundation are proud to debut California’s first maritime […]

Why We (Still) Exist

A common misconception about the California State Parks is that California fully funds these parks. Unfortunately, the truth is far from this. In the financially challenging year of 2008 – 2009, the system considered indefinite closures to address the projected $14.5 billion deficit. The next budget year, the parks operated with a budget reduction in […]

SSPF Beginnings: Resistance, Determination, & Partnership

The beginning of the Hellman-Ehrman Estate, also known as Pine Lodge, was a simple one. In 1897, San Francisco businessman Isaias W. Hellman acquired nearly 2,000 acres at Sugar Pine Point on the west shore of Lake Tahoe and completed his stately summer home, Pine Lodge, in 1903. The estate was  was a summer family […]