10 Things About Jennifer Morrissey &
Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation
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“Individually, we are one drop. Together, we are an ocean.”
– Ryunosuke Satoro
Mission Trails Regional Park encompasses more than 8,000 acres of both natural and developed recreational areas. Its rugged hills, valleys and open areas represent a San Diego prior to Cabrillo’s landing in 1542. Since 1988, the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation (MTRP) has helped protect, preserve, and enhance Mission Trails, one of the largest urban parks in the United States. Jennifer Morrissey, Executive Director of Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation, supports many park initiatives from habitat restoration and trail maintenance to facility construction (Visitor Center and the new ranger station), and education programs including lectures and youth programs.
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#1 I grew up in Stockton; my parents moved there for my father to start a medical practice.
#2 I think it is important for people to be flexible and be open to new ideas.
#3 When I was 22, I went to India and traveled around for six months. One of my favorite places was Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, a fort city in the desert.
#4 I would like to return to Tromsø, Norway where I lived as an exchange student.
#5 I was a Studio Art major at UC San Diego and was given a studio on campus in one of the old Quonset huts.
#6 We have a recused mini horse (Samson), an adopted desert tortoise (Jackson), and a Schoodle puppy (Cleo). We really miss Jackson when he is hibernating!
#7 I only need to look out the window at the many birds vying for the bird feeder and it makes me smile.
#8 The way we have developed new ways of conducting our lives during the pandemic, has helped me realize how well humans are able to manage adversity and adjust when faced with dramatic upheaval.
#9 Per San Diego County public health order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mission Trails Regional Park is open for passive purposes (walking, jogging, or hiking) but the Visitor Center and campground are still closed. We are asking park users to wear masks even though it is outdoors. Our Visitor Center’s continued closure was the impetus for our creating an online store, which is helping to make up for some of our lost income. And our new online lectures have had an overwhelming response and we have even had participants from overseas!
#10 Our 65 miles of trails help an estimated 2.2 million visitors a year improve physical and mental health, as well as the opportunity to learn about nature and Kumeyaay culture. We host 10,000 students each year on our MTRP Foundation-funded field trips.
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