WHO WE ARE
Mount Diablo Interpretive Association (MDIA) is a non-profit volunteer organization which assists the California Department of Parks and Recreation in maintaining and interpreting Mt. Diablo State Park for its 700,000 visitors each year. Through a continuing program of education, sponsored activities and publications, MDIA fosters appreciation and the enlightened use of Mount Diablo State Park. MDIA is proud to have played a major part in raising funds for the construction of the Museum atop the summit of Mt. Diablo. MDIA has created and now manages the Mitchell Canyon Visitor Center. See "A dark and stormy night " - Origins of MDIA on our On-line Publications page
MDIA PROGRAMS AND PUBLICATIONS
MDIA has a number of programs that are designed to enhance the public's appreciation of the mountain. They range from various educational programs to our trail signage program and adoption of trails for on-going maintenance. We sponsor numerous nature hikes athroughout the year to aid in the visitors appreciation of the varied features and history of the mountain.The Association publications include the popular Trail Map of Mt. Diablo State Park and various natural history brochures. MDIA prints Mountain News, a newsletter for its members and the Mount Diablo Review for free distribution to park visitors. The Association's first major book was Plants of the East Bay Parks. MDIA's Mount Diablo Guide published in 2002 by Berkeley Press is widely available. Mount Diablo: The Extraordinary Life and Landscapes of a California Treasure is a major pictorial publication of the mountain published by MDIA in 2010.
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND MEMBERSHIP
There are many opportunities for volunteer involvement in MDIA. Anyone interested in volunteering time in support of mountain events, publications, promotional events, administrative and educational activities are encouraged to contact MDIA for information, or visit the Membership Page. View the letter on volunteering from our president.
EDUCATION AND ADVOCACY
Through a continuing program of education, MDIA fosters appreciation and the enlightened use of Mount Diablo State Park. MDIA is proud to have played a major part in raising funds for the construction and recent remodel of the Museum atop the summit of Mt. Diablo. MDIA is responsible for the creation and staffing of the Visitor Center at Mitchell Canyon. MDIA volunteers offer nature hikes and assist with trail maintenance. The Association publishes the popular Trail Map of Mount Diablo State Park and various natural history brochures. MDIA prints Mountain News, a newsletter for its members and the Mt. Diablo Review for free distribution to park visitors. The Association's Guide to Mt. Diablo is widely available.
MDIA was a major partner in an ambitious plan to create a world class interpretive trail from near the Blackhawk community to the summit of Mt. Diablo. With the help of carefully placed interpretive panels, hikers can walk back through 150 million years of geologic history to learn about ancient landscapes, prehistoric animal life, evolving plant forms, and also about the massive tectonic forces that formed the mountain that we know today.