Our Story

THE BIG SUR EDUCATION COUNCIL is a result of individuals and educational institutions coming together to address serious needs of children and local families.  We are a coalition of Pacific Valley School, Big Sur Health Center, Captain Cooper Elementary, Big Sur Charter School, The Ventana Wildlife Society, Gazebo School, and other concerned community members.   Our constituent organizations, representing all age groups of children, have been working since 2010 to improve local educational opportunities and to be a voice for youth and families in Big Sur.  After a long process of conducting a needs assessment and strategic planning, and through support of the Turner foundation, the Big Sur Education Council has a 501(c)(3) designation as a non-profit educational organization.  Our Board of Directors are now raising funds to address identified needs and to start programs that will help local youth be more engaged with their community in a variety of ways.  We envision a vibrant community that mentors youth leaders and environmental stewards. We see a Community Center and a healthy local economy, new opportunities for the youth, a local food system, and a community that is invested in the overall vitality of the region.  We serve the children of Big Sur and their families by supplementing their education through extra-curricular activities, tutoring, college prep activities, mentoring, and internships. We also serve the community at large through development projects such as a local farmer's market, community center, and community events.  We serve as a communication infrastructure for our dispersed population, and through conducting inclusive needs assessments, we strive to address the most pressing needs of this unique community.

“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
— Martin Luther King Jr.v