The Friends of Shipley Nature Center is a non profit, 501 (c) 3 organization, incorporated in 2002.  The Board consists of 6 members, elected by the membership of the organization. This is a working Board with each member contributing hours and finances to the organization.

John Scandura – President
Melanie Bergeland – Vice President
Denise Ruocco – Secretary / Treasurer
Past President – Kathryn Goddard

Board Members
Yarib Dheming
Kai Wong
Christine Shewbridge
Barbara Coulter-Phillips

Board Advisors
Ken Curtiss
Yvonne Wilson
Connie Walker

Executive Team Members, John, Katherine, Melanie and Denise

The Board of Friends of Shipley Nature Center meet at 3:30 pm at the Huntington Beach Library. Through the end of 2024, the board meeting dates are set for the following dates:

May 9

July 11

September 12

November 14

Please call (714) 842-4772 if you would like to attend to confirm the date and meeting location.  Thank You

Calling all nature lovers and philanthropists!  The Friends of Shipley Nature Center is seeking passionate dynamic individuals to join our board and help us continue our mission of maintaining and operating the nature center. As a board member, you will have the opportunity to make a meaningful impact on our community through your expertise and dedication.  Join us in our efforts to preserve and protect Shipley Nature Center for future generations. Contact us today to learn more about how you can get involved.  Please send your name, email address and phone number to

Friends of Shipley Nature Center Annual Report 2020

Friends of Shipley Nature Center Annual Report 2019