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The McArthur ~ Burney Falls Interpretive Association was originally known as the "Friends of the Falls," a group of individuals interested in preserving the pristine beauty of the Park and promoting its many attributes to the world community.
Friends of Burney Falls and Friends of Castle Crags are the two programs of the McArthur Burney Falls Interpretive Association. We provide education and interpretation at McArthur Burney Falls State Park and Castle Crags State Park. Our programs highlight each Park's natural and cultural elements. Burney Falls offers hiking trails, flora and fauna, camping, cabins and Lake Britton. Castle Crags offers easy to strenuous hikes, spectacular Cascade views, world-class fishing, and camping More About Us Funds donated support Interpretive and educational activities, including guided hikes, Junior Ranger programs, campfire and craft activities, sing-alongs and group games. At Burney Falls, our renovated Visitor Center provides information about the geology, flora and fauna, cultural history and recreational opportunities in the park and the surrounding area. Our annual Heritage Day celebration in October offers weaving, cross-cut sawing, branding, candle-making, knife and tomahawk throwing, pine-doll making, apple cider pressing and Dutch Oven cooking. Mountain Men and old-time fiddlers provide historical entertainment. The park has instituted a birding program, that includes guided bird identification walks, loaner binoculars plus a library of information. In addition, we have supported new native plants around the Visitor Center, with information about the plantings available for visitors. At Castle Crags, funds support campfire presentations, adventure day packs for visiting kids and families, and improved interpretive trail guide and visitor information.
In order to provide funding for the continuing projects of the MBFIA and to support the California Department of Parks in the protection, preservation and promotion of the Park, the MBFIA has re-established "Friends of the Falls" as a way to recognize those individuals and companies who donate and contribute to our efforts.
We are also sending periodic Emails and updates regarding the Association, Friends of the Falls Activities and special events. If you would like to be added to our contact list please fill out and submit the form at right:
One special category of Friends of the Falls is the tremendous volunteer camp hosts. These individuals sell firewood, sort recycling, staff the Visitor Center, collect shower money, and most importantly, provide welcome and information to campers and day visitors to the Park. We could not manage the Park so well without their dedication, talent and love of the Park. Please stop by and give them your thanks and support.
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