About Friends of the Dunes Beach in Arcata, California
Friends of the Dunes is a non-profit organization with a visitor center, hiking trails, and beach access on Samoa Peninsula. The Humboldt Coastal Nature Center at Friends of the Dunes is open to the public, but consult their website for the specific days and times. The building itself (the Stamps Dunes House) is fascinating to see from the inside and outside. This earth-covered structure was built in 1985 by Charles and Rachel Stamps as a personal residence. After their passing, their family trust sold the home and property to Friends of the Dunes for use as a nature center. The property has many trails for hiking throughout the dunes and for accessing Manila Beach. The organization does a lot to protect and restore the coastal environments in this area. To get here drive Highway 255 from either Arcata or Eureka and turn onto Stamps Lane.
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