About Friends of the Arcata Marsh

Friends of the Arcata Marsh (FOAM), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 1989 to educate the public about how wetlands can be used to treat wastewater. Our first task was to help raise money to build the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Center (above), which houses interpretive displays and hosts educational events. The Interpretive Center was dedicated in 1993.

Today, we continue our educational support of the Arcata Marsh. We train volunteers to lead weekly and special-request group tours, sponsor free lectures, and develop and fund indoor and outdoor educational exhibits — all responsibilities described in our bylaws. In addition, FOAM distributes a quarterly newsletter, publishes Marsh-related books and checklists, underwrites college-level research grants, funds awards at the county science fair, sponsors a children’s bird art contest, staffs booths at community events, and offers nature craft activities.

FOAM supports itself through donations, membership fees, merchandise sales, and the time and enthusiasm of our volunteers.

The Board of Directors meets at the Interpretive Center at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month. Meetings are open to the public. Elections for up to 11 directors, who serve 3-year terms, are held in September and announced at the annual lunch/meeting for members and volunteers in late September/early October. There, we honor exceptional volunteers, present FOAM’s annual report and meet and greet the people who have kept FOAM and its mission thriving for over 25 years: our members and volunteers.

Board of Directors

Elliott Dabill President

Paul Johnson

Lynn Jones

David Couch Vice President

Katy Allen Secretary

Richard Brown

Cindy Kuttner

Cosette McCave

Bill Prescott

Mark Wilson

Sue Leskiw Treasurer (ex officio)