Muir Woods Site Supervisor Mia Monroe will be honored with the Edward Bennett Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sierra Club’s 2016 David Brower Dinner Gala: a celebration of the National Park Service centennial. The event will be held on Thursday, September 8th, 6 to 9 pm, at the Delancey Street Town Hall in San Francisco. To learn more about the event, and to purchase tickets or sponsorships, click here.
Mia Monroe took to the outdoors and stewardship early, from scouting to family sojourns in the Mojave. Conservation leaders on the Peninsula inspired her to organize a “walk to work/school” event for the First Earth Day, in 1970, and to set up the area’s first recycling centers. It was only natural that when seeking a college internship she would turn to the Sierra Club. Becky Evans, a longtime Club activist and current Chapter chair, recommended Monroe to People for a Golden Gate National Recreation Area and introduced her to Amy Meyer, the “godmother of the GGNRA”.
Meyer forged Monroe’s commitment to the value of national parks near urban areas and the importance of park access for all. Meyer encouraged Monroe to help the Sierra Club’s Inner City Outings program (now Inspiring Connections Outdoors) get established. Monroe helped ICO grow into a national network, herself leading hundreds of ICO trips and serving as national ICO chair. She also led national trips for the Outings Program.
Early on, Monroe caught the attention of the fledgling GGNRA and was hired to bring youth to Fort Point National Historic Site as a park ranger. Her biological training seemed better suited for Muir Woods, and she transferred there in 1981. The old-growth forest and opportunities to steward, share, and educate in the Redwood Creek Watershed have become her life work.
Monroe is noted for being an early advocate of volunteerism, promoting the values of the natural soundscape, protection of endangered species, accessible parks for all (especially youth!), fostering collaborative work such as the Redwood Creek Vision, OneTam, and close cooperation with park partners such as Slide Ranch. Monroe is an avid hiker and gardener, and is often out watching for monarch butterflies. She is a proud Life Member of the Sierra Club.