Bolinas-Stinson Beach School Foundation



About the Foundation

The Bolinas-Stinson Beach School Foundation was created by parents and community members in 1997 to help raise money for special programs and projects. Our purpose is to provide funding for curriculum enrichment to the Bolinas-Stinson Beach School in the areas of art, drama, literature, math, music, physical education, science and technology.

The Foundation provides funds for a varierty of projects to enrich student's education. Some of the projects we have funded are:

  • A Lending Library (Kindergarten and Grade 1)
  • Field Trip to Yosemite (Grades 4 & 5)
  • WildCare Field Trip (Grades 1 & 2)
  • Alphabetical Quilt Project (Kindergarten)
  • Ashland Shakespeare Festival Field Trip (8th Grade)
  • Ballroom Dance for Middle School Students
  • Art Shops and Special Art Project Support, such as Raku Firing
  • Field Trip to Utah (7th Grade)
  • All School Assemblies - Jazz, Opera, etc.
  • Homework Club
  • The After School Program



2012 Valentine

Valentine Card

This Valentine’s Day show your love for our
school by making a donation to the
Bolinas Stinson Beach School Foundation.

Artwork Jacob Kline

Kindergarten Quilt Project


Out in the Field

Students thrive in these real life, nature made classrooms. A reverance and awe for the workings of nature, and a fascination for how it all happens hold students in rapt attention during the incredible trips that the Foundation supports.

3rd and 4th grade students learn about the ecology of Yosemite with teacher Kelly Wengronowitz photo: Belle Wood

What are wealth and resources? 6th Grade Field trip to the Sierras 

Embarking for a hike into the Hoover Wilderness. photo: Cynthia Rodriguez

Teacher Don Jolley asked students to consider this question as they learned about the biological, geological and human stories of the Sierras on a three day camping trip last fall.

Witnessing first hand the geology of Sierras eastern slope basilith and seeing the effects of the volcanic activity and glacial scraping that created each cirque and moraine, the students documented their trip with journaling and sketching.

At Mono Lake they were introduced to one of the most simple - and therefore most fragile - ecosystems. Learning about the unique ecology and biology of they were - literally - immersed in it, up to their necks in the salty brine shrimp of the lake.   Did you know that 60% - 90% california's sea gulls nest in the desert basin, specifically at Mono Lake and Salt Lake? They learned what happened to the lake after Los Angeles bought the water rights and how those actions impacted the food chain.

In the ghost gold rush town of Bodie, students discovered the impact of a boom and bust economy around a single resource. They learned how we humans are unique in our ability to modify our environment. They were left to ponder the words of John Muir :

"Whoever gains the blessings of one mountain day is rich forever."



By 8th Grade students are ready for the challenge of the 10-day, 3,000 mile journey of the Utah field trip. In the breathtaking beauty of Buffalo Canyon and the San Rafael Swell, students experience the unique opportunity to observe petroglyphs and pictographs by prehistoric natives of the area, and rock formations through the ages of time. Led by inspirational teacher Don Jolley, the group travels each day to new sites across basin and range, discovering awe-inspiring paleontological evidence and taking notes and making drawings. Each evening students learn to pitch camp in spectacular and remote spots away from familiar comforts. Everyone returns home fulfilled, expanded and inspired. 

Pictographs from the Fremont Culture.  San Rafael Swell, Utah

Students investigate geologic strata of the Mesozoic Era.  San Rafael Swell, Utah

Dinosaur footprint in the Navajo Sandstone, San Rafael Swell, Utah photos: Cynthia Rodriguez

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