California Living Museum Foundation

A nonprofit organization

$1,200 Raised by 26 Donors

Give Big to native wildlife and education! A donation to the CALM Foundation supports native wildlife conservation, research, and education for school children and the community. No donation is too small; every penny counts! 

More information about CALM

Founded in 1980, California Living Museum exists to display and interpret native wildlife for education, recreation, conservation and research.

The museum features over 200 species of non-releasable animals and California Native plants that give visitors a unique opportunity to observe and learn how wildlife lives and adapts in a natural setting. Among the many animals that can be seen at CALM include: black bears, hawks, owls, eagles, mountain lions, bobcats, reptiles, and many more. Most notably, CALM is home to 4 endangered desert bighorn sheep through a cooperative breeding relationship with Los Angeles and San Diego Zoos. There are only 60 known to exist on exhibit nationwide. Donations are needed to pay for the care of CALM’s many animals!

In late 2016, CALM plans to open the California Coast room that will allow visitors to interact with ocean wildlife and learn about native species. The exhibit will feature a docent-led touch tank and a jellyfish display. Donations are necessary to complete this interactive and educational exhibit!

Education is at the core of CALM's mission. The zoo provides education programs to over 20,000 Kern County School children and holds over 80 informative presentations throughout the community annually. A contribution of $500 would cover the costs of a field trip for 90 students and 10 adults!

Since 1983, CALM has been open to the public for educational and recreational visits, and over 100,000 guests come to the living museum annually. CALM is accessible to people from all different backgrounds and income levels; the museum provides multi-lingual programs and materials, opens regularly for Free Kid Days, and offers discounts to seniors. In addition to its many exhibits and activities, CALM recently opened a thrilling rock climbing tower and high ropes course (The Condor Challenge) that ensures people of all ages will find adventure and fun at the living museum. Be sure to visit CALM soon!

The CALM Foundation supports capital projects at the museum and is governed by a board of local community leaders. It is a 501(c)(3) foundation and accepts tax-deductible donations. 


Organization Data


Organization name

California Living Museum Foundation

Tax id (EIN)





1300 17TH ST


(661) 636-4660

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