Hearts for Sight Coastal Outings for Visually Impaired People


SCH Number
Public Agency
California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC)
Document Title
Hearts for Sight Coastal Outings for Visually Impaired People
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The Hearts for Sights Foundation’s Outings for Visually Impaired People (VIPs) will provide coastal day outings, overnight trips, and outdoor leadership training for approximately 200 VIPs and family members in the Los Angeles, Orange, and San Bernadino Counties. The Hearts for Sights Foundation (HSF) will partner with the Los Angeles Sierra Club, Bolsa Chica Nature Preserve, State Parks and several local organizations to provide the three types of coastal outings for the VIPs: 1) 9 Day Outings: On each day outing, HSF and its partners will transport 40-50 participants to a coastal site for activities that may include a hike or walk, inclusive yoga, and/or docent-led multisensory experience, lunch, and finally free time to swim or wade at the beach; 2) 5 Outings with Specialized Activities: The specialized activities outings will involve 25-50 participants depending on the activity. Participants will spend the day (or night) learning to kayak, paddle board, surf, or overnight camp with instructors trained to work with the VIP population; 3) Independence and Leadership on the Coast: HSF will organize two scavenger hunts, one in Santa Monica and one on Catalina Island, where VIPs will work in small groups to identify and seek out unknown community assets. Participants will also have time for free beach play and exploration. Lastly 3 VIPs will receive leadership training through the State Parks FamCamp program. Upon completion, the 3 VIPs will be authorized to lead camping trips at FamCamp facilities, which are offered for free by State Parks.

Contact Information

Danh Lai
Agency Name
California State Coastal Conservancy
Job Title
Project Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Hermosa Beach, Laguna Beach, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Rancho Palos Verdes, Santa Monica
Los Angeles, Orange
Southern California
Other Location Info
Santa Monica and surrounding beaches, Sycamore Canyon and Cove, Newport Aquatic Center, Catalina Island, Encinitas’ South Ponto Beach, Cabrillo Aquarium in San Pedro, Leo Carrillo State Park and Beach, Crystal Cove State Park and Camp Grounds, Bolsa Chica Ecological Preserve and Beach, Abalone Cove Shoreline Park and tidepools

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Title 14 California Code of Regulations (CCR) Section 15301 (Existing Facilities)
Reasons for Exemption
involves regular operation of coastal locations that will be visited with no expansion of use.
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