Established in December of 1995, the Caspers Park Foundation exists to support and enhance the wilderness and facilities of the Ronald W. Caspers Wilderness Park for the long term preservation of native species and human enjoyment in perpetuity.
Our volunteers and Board Members donate more than 1,000 hours of time each year with an average of 10+ years of service. Additionally, more than 7,000 park visitors pass through our doors annually.
The primary objectives and purposes of Caspers Park Foundation is to preserve and protect the natural and cultural resources of Caspers Wilderness Park, and to promote an awareness, appreciation, enjoyment and respect for the wilderness character of the Park.
Additionally, our Foundation assists and supports the Park Staff in their efforts to maintain and improve the Park experience for the general public. This is accomplished by a friendly, like-minded team of Volunteers responsible for the operation of our Nature Center, interacting with visitors and offering interpretive programs.
Meet Our Board
Spence Murray, President
Spencer joined the Caspers Park Foundation volunteer team in 2012 and became President of the Board in 2018. As such, his main responsibilities include coordinating volunteer activities like Nature Center staffing, leading group hikes, and special projects. Spencer works closely with the park's Supervising Ranger to ensure transparency between the park staff and CPF volunteers. After graduating with a degree in Organic Chemistry, his professional career included selling life-saving products to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. After retirement he was able to focus on his life-long interest in the outdoors. Having hiked in Caspers for 20+ years, joining the volunteer team to share his knowledge of the park with visitors was an easy decision. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his family and dabbles in astronomy and nightscape photography. Contact Spencer
Lynn Hillman, Vice President
Lynn has been volunteering at Caspers since 2017. A lifelong resident of Orange County and explorer of its open spaces, she is happy to help newcomers young and old to explore and enjoy, too. Lynn has degrees in art, horticulture, and landscape design and has spent the last 20+ years combining these professionally and personally. She spends her free time hiking, cycling and gardening under the close supervision of her cat. Contact Lynn
Jean Savage, Treasurer
Jean joined the Caspers Wilderness Park volunteer team in 2009. She served on the Board as Secretary for several years and is currently Treasurer. She is a volunteer naturalist and loves greeting visitors at the Nature Center to share information about the sights, sounds and smells of the park and share the fun things to do at Caspers Wilderness Park. After graduating from Northwestern University as a clinical laboratory scientist, she worked in the medical diagnostics industry and had the privilege to travel the world for both business and pleasure. After retirement she continued her travels but also discovered the wonderful opportunities for adventures right here in OC, just 7 miles east on Ortega Highway. Contact Jean
Wendy Hershman, Secretary
Wendy has been a volunteer with Caspers Wilderness Park since 2018. Additionally, she has been a member of the CPF Board of Directors since 2021. She takes pride in introducing Nature Center guests to OC Parks Resources, recommending local trails, and chatting about endangered species and how people can help the environment to keep all our local critters flourishing. Wendy is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Sociology and holds a Masters Degree in Human Studies from Chapman University. She has visited almost half of the US National Parks with a desire to bring back ideas to Caspers Nature Center. She has two grandchildren that enjoy visiting the Nature Center where their grandma loves to be. Contact Wendy
Marsha Medina, Newsletter
Marsha writes the Caspers Park Foundation’s monthly newsletter and organizes presenters for the monthly, first Saturday CPF meetings. She first volunteered at the Nature Center in the 1980’s. Marsha has a Biology degree from UCI. She taught middle school science in San Juan Capistrano and overseas for thirty years. After returning home, she worked as a Field Naturalist, leading field trips for Inside the Outdoors and then for The Reserve at Rancho Mission Viejo. When not visiting children and grandchildren, walking, or working in her garden, she enjoys researching nature related topics for the newsletter. Contact Marsha