The Friends of Shipley Nature Center is a non profit, 501 (c) 3 organization, incorporated in 2002.  The Board consists of 8 members, elected by the paid membership of the organization. This is a working Board with each member contributing hours and finances to the organization.


Kathryn Goddard, President

Melanie Bergeland, Vice President

Denise Ruocco, Secretary / Treasurer

Board Members

John Scandura

Yarib Dheming

Philip Ridout

Sarah Hirsch

The Board of Friends of Shipley Nature Center meets monthly, the second Thursday of the month at 3:30 pm at the Huntington Beach Library.  Please call (714) 842-4772 if you would like to attend.

The Board is seeking candidates to serve as board members.  Are you interested in preserving, operating, and managing our community’s nature center?

Of particular need are persons with business background in accounting, grant writing experience or willingness to learn.  Experience working in groups with environmental knowledge.  This is a good opportunity for a retired Huntington Beach resident with a concern for Shipley Nature Center.

Nominees could serve in either the one-year term or the two-year term board position.

If you wish to volunteer your skills for the benefit of the community and environment, please review the responsibilities and duties of Friends of Shipley Nature Center Member of the Board of Directors.  You may submit your name, email address and phone number to

Friends of Shipley Nature Center Annual Report 2020

Friends of Shipley Nature Center Annual Report 2019

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