WVS Projects

The Westport Village Society pursues a variety of projects that are consistent with the mission and goals of the organization. We rely on our members and other volunteers to carry out all of our activities. We welcome new ideas! We have supported the local school, community church, and Westport Volunteer Fire Department in various ways. If you would like to contribute your energy and talents to our organization, please contact WVS. Our major activities have focused on the following projects:


DeHaven Headlands

On December 15, 2022 WVS acquired a 26 acre oceanfront property on the west side of State Route 1 across from Branscomb Road with a grant from the State Coastal Conservancy and the generous support and donations of many contributors. The project was made possible by a landowner who shared our conservation vision and provided the opportunity to bring it to fruition. WVS thanks the owner, SCC, local community, and tribes who supported our effort to conserve the property for conservation and public access purposes.

A Management Plan was developed for the DeHaven property taking into account environmental studies and input from project partners and the public. Released September 23, 2023, that plan discusses actions that will be pursued to conserve the property aand facilitate public access in a manner consistent with preserving resources, habitats, and the scenic qualities of this sspecial place. Contact WVS by email or mail correspondence to PO Box 446, Westport CA, 95488 if you have comments, questions, or suggestions. 

Westport Headlands

The most substantial undertaking pursued to date was the acquisition and improvement of the Westport Headlands. Ongoing maintenance is carried out by our dedicated volunteers. This nine acre parcel serves as the "commons" of the town, providing access to the coast for recreation, subsistence fishing, and community events. We would like to initiate a program to more actively manage invasive vegetation and promote the growth of native species. If you are interested in helping maintain the property and manage invasive plants, please contact WVS.

Community Center

WVS supports the existing community center with equipment, financial support, and by sponsoring activities and events at this venue. Scheduled community activities are listed in the Calendar each month.

Community Garden

The Westport Community Garden is undertaken by volunteers on the grounds of the Church on Abalone Street with support from WVS! It is a self-serve organically grown garden. Anyone can visit to gather your own vegetables and salad greens and lend a hand!  We're currently using donated giant containers and raised beds, wiht part of hte area covered in a hoop greenhouse. We're raising a large variety of organically grown fresh vegetables, herbs, and flowers at all times of the year. If you'd like to help, weeding and watering are always appreciated as the need arises. Please contact WVS to assist with planting and major improvements.

Mini Grant Program

WVS initiated a mini grant pram in 2014 to support activities and events that benefit the community. This program continues to support for local cultural enrichment activities, the community garden, and other WVS projects. You can use this application to request funding for local community enrichment activities.

Local History Project

WVS has a longstanding involvement in preserving local history and several resources are posted on our history to assist you in researching local history and geneology. In 2012 WVS engaged in a cooperative effort with the Kelley House Museum to publish a history of the local area. That book can be acquired at the Westport Community Store or requested from WVS. See the history page for details.