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Matching Grant Challenge!

Escondido, CA—09272021

The Escondido Creek Conservancy has been awarded a $75,000 conditional grant from the Gerald T. Inez Grant Parker Foundation to support the renovation of an old building on the Mountain Meadow Preserve into the Conservancy’s new office, called Boulder Outlook, Repurposing the dilapidated building will help the Conservancy become more sustainable as it will no longer pay rent. The Conservancy is a 30 year old land trust recently accredited by the National Land Trust Alliance for highest standards of ethical behavior and responsible financial and land stewardship. Donations to the Boulder Outlook campaign help the Conservancy preserve more land. The Conservancy currently cares for 3,000 acres of wildlife habitat and annually provides outdoor education opportunities to thousands of youth and adults.

“We are thrilled to accept the challenge from the Parker Foundation to match its grant, at least one-for-one. We are raising the bar even further as for any new donations to the Conservancy between now and January 15, 2022, as an anonymous donor has agreed to provide an additional match, so a donation to the Conservancy between now and January 15, 2022 will be matched 2:1, one dollar from the Parker Foundation and one dollar from the anonymous donor!” said Ann Van Leer, executive director of the Conservancy. 

Boulder Outlook will also become the Conservancy’s home for land conservation activities including volunteer training and educational seminars. Additionally, the Conservancy plans to make the building available on weekends for small group retreats for those who want to be inspired by the magnificent landscape and views east to Daley Ranch or North to the Palomar and San Bernardino mountains. At Boulder Outlook, the Conservancy’s dedicated staff and passionate volunteers will have a base to launch conservation activities throughout North San Diego County.  

“In 1971, the Gerald T. & Inez Grant Parker Foundation was created to support non-profit organizations in their efforts to improve life for all San Diegans. We have been serving the San Diego community for 50 years and look forward to many more.”

The Conservancy is proud to be a partner of the Parker Foundation.“The Parker Foundation, and those who aim to create a legacy of support for nature through their philanthropic gifts and continued support of The Escondido Creek Conservancy are our heroes,” said Meghan Williams, development associate for the Conservancy. 

Supporters of nature can help the Conservancy reach their goal of raising $75,000 by January 15th ensuring the full grant from the Parker Foundation by providing a tax-deductible philanthropic gift. Opportunities to support:

  • Make a Private Donation: 1-Time or Recurring.
  • Make a Corporate Donation,
  • Purchase naming rights to: Native Plant Nursery, Pond, HQ, Patio & Event Spaces.
  • Purchase Personalized Bricks ($100, $250 or more) to be presented at the entrance, along the patio and walkways at Boulder Outlook.
  • Purchase Personalized Plaques for benches and seating areas.

Architectural designer Drew Hubbell of Hubbell & Hubbell Architects, with help from landscape architect Schmitt Design, have designed Boulder Outlook as an environmentally conscious and fire-safe headquarters for the Conservancy that compliments San Diego County’s beautiful natural surroundings. Spectacular mountain views can be seen from the building and future event spaces, and boulders of incredible scale dot the property providing a natural path to the native plant nursery, pond and site of the future conservation research facility. Boulder Outlook is part of the Mountain Meadow Preserve, which was created by the Conservancy and San Diego County Parks in 2018 with critical assistance from the U.S. Navy/Camp Pendleton and hundreds of donors to the Conservancy’s Save 1000 acres campaign.

Visit to learn more about the Conservancy, to join the mission to enhance the lives of people and wildlife in the Escondido Creek watershed. More information about the Boulder Outlook campaign can be found at:

For more details please contact [email protected].

Interior of a ranch home under construction. All the walls are studs and the floor raw concrete. Photo is vertical with a stud wall on the right and the room cropped down the middle on the left. Open beams in the ceiling can be seen at the top.
A front shot of a tan 1-story ranch home on a dirt lot. The entire home has been gutted and is under construction. The windows and doors have been removed and various construction tools, buckets and bricks are leaned up against the stucco outer wall.
A photo from inside a construction site looking through a studded window frame at a mountainous view. An orange ladder and construction tools obscure the view slightly.