About Pacifica's Environmental Family

Our Mission

Pacifica's Environmental Family promotes the discovery of, and caring for, our wealth of natural resources.

We do this by:

  • Helping to protect, preserve, restore, and beautify the environment.

  • Raising awareness of environmental issues.

  • Offering education on natural history.

  • Inspiring stewardship and community.

  • Providing non-profit fiscal sponsorship to local projects that align with our mission

Our History
A group of environmentally-aware Pacificans founded Pacifica's Environmental Family (PEF) in the late 1980s. The organization was formally incorporated as a 501(c)(3) volunteer-run nonprofit organization in 1998.

Current Work
Educational Events
PEF sponsors educational events including film screenings and our environmental lecture series. Many of these events focus on the climate crisis and sea level rise and the impact on coastal communities. Members are also actively involved in open space and hillside preservation. Visit our online calendar or "like" us on Facebook to keep informed.

Rockaway Ocean Conservation Stewards (ROCS)
The purpose of this program is to monitor, protect, and inform the public on the health and marine life in the intertidal zone, at the base of Aramai Point (the recently named promontory between Rockaway Beach and Linda Mar Beach).

Fiscal Sponsorship
PEF serves as the fiscal sponsor for local community projects that have an environmental focus, but lack the non-profit status. We extend our non-profit fiscal status to carefully screened projects, so they can raise funds for their important work through grants, fundraisers, and private donations. Our fiscally sponsored projects can focus on their work supporting Pacifica's environment without being burdened with the additional oversight of managing a non-profit. PEF is the custodian of each group’s funds and works with them to ensure that their dollars are used for the purposes intended by the donors/funders.

Do you have an environmental project that could use the support of a non-profit fiscal sponsor? We'd love to talk to you! Please contact us.

Kahuna Kupuna Surf Contest

PEF’s annual fundraising event is the Kahuna Kupuna Surf Contest, which takes place each summer. This is the only surf contest in the world that is specifically designed for surfers age 40 and over! Visit the Kahuna Kupuna page.