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Mare Island Preserve, California
Your camp sites are located in the Navy's oldest ammunition depot in the Pacific. If you are staying in one of our yurts, they are located on magic, old, historic sites. One is in the Rowser Read more...
Your camp sites are located in the Navy's oldest ammunition depot in the Pacific. If you are staying in one of our yurts, they are located on magic, old, historic sites. One is in the Rowser Garden, the ruins of a historic home and landscape created in a former sheep pasture turned 4-acre garden. Our volunteers tugged french broom from the garden for 6 years to discover this incredible and overgrown little gem with spectacular views. We treasure it and like our entire Preserve, we have a policy of "do no harm...before you do good". So, we ask you to leave everything as you found it and don't take any of our Preserve home with you, except your treasured memories of good times and quiet spots. The other yurt is situated on the old 1920's tennis court with trees growing up through it, but the net posts are still there and the court, visible. It is serene and surprisingly full of wildlife sounds. The bunkers you will camp at were built in the 1930-40's. The views from the all the camps are stupendous Bay Area spectacular. The Victorian houses below camps 3 & 4 and the Garden yurt, are former Navy civilian and officer housing for the Naval Ammunition Depot founded in 1857 and closed in 1975. The Navy's oldest cemetery in the West is next to the tennis court yurt and communal cooking area for camps 3 & 4. Nature is reclaiming the lands and along with native coast live oaks being replanted by CA scrub jays, fennel is everywhere. It is harvested for its pollen, which we sell for cooking, along with honey from our bees...be sure to check out our self-curated museum/visitor center, too.