Mission & Vision
The mission of the Dana Adobe Cultural Center is to engage visitors with the stories of California’s Rancho Era History, connecting them with the peoples, the land and its resources to foster environmental stewardship and cultural understanding.
The Dana Adobe Cultural Center provides a unique platform to understand life in the California Rancho era and to appreciate and discover our connection with the stories of those who left their footprints on the land throughout time. The Dana Adobe and the 130 acres of preserved land engage the visitor in the sites ecological and cultural history and demonstrate how actions over time shape our future.
Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos (DANA), a 501c(3) public benefit nonprofit established in 1999, began with the initial focus to save the crumbling historic Dana Adobe and gain for its state and national recognition.
Over our 16 year history, and through a number of state, federal, and individual funding sources, the restoration of the Adobe is complete; 30 acres of surrounding land purchased, 100 acres east of the Adobe permanently protected and Phase One of the park plan is now under construction with funding secured from a State Grant.
In addition, the Dana Adobe is now a California State Historic Landmark and is on the Federal Registry of Historic Places.
From DANA’s inception in 1999, the sum of all funds invested to restore the adobe, purchase 30 acres, and to lease the 100 acres, east of the Nipomo creek, and to perform the riparian restoration, for a total about $7 million. The new state grant funding the visitor center, interpretive areas, and trails to be completed in 2016, is for $2.98 million, for a combined total project investment of $10 million.
The Dana Cultural Center is dedicated to the history, heritage, culture, and ecology of the early 19th century Rancho Era in California. Rancho Nipomo is a must-see for anybody interested in early California history, Rancho history, Spanish colonial/Mexican history in California, local history, nature education, ecology, conservation, habitat restoration and pre-contact history. Rancho Nipomo was an important stopping point along El Camino Real, the stage coach route, the mail exchange point and the trail to the gold rush fields in California. We invite you to take a journey to the past at this historic Rancho, now a museum and park dating back to the 1830’s.