ASN - Aids Support Network - San Luis Obispo County

Steve Weiss AIDS Living Memorial Grove

The Grove, located in El Chorro Regional Park, provides a beautiful living memorial in remembrance of the men, women and children who have died from AIDS and in support of those who live each day with HIV/AIDS.

The Grove honors both the people whose lives have been cut short by the illness and the people whose lives have been forever altered by sharing their love and support of those with the illness.

The Grove is a place for grief, for remembrance, for hope and for renewal. It is a place to stroll, to meditate or to gather for a memorial service.

The Grove provides a learning tool for adults and children, provoking discussion on AIDS, awareness, loss and the power of community. Created with native plants and trees, gardeners are also encouraged to learn more about California plant life.

The Grove, as life itself, grows and changes with the cycles of nature; planting and maintaining the Grove provides a healing experience.

The Future of the Grove

The Steve Weiss AIDS Living Memorial Grove, a native plant jewel located in El Chorro Regional Park, is entering its next stage of life. Established in 1994, the Grove is now home to over 200 native Californian trees, shrubs, and grasses, and has served our community for years as a place of reflection, education, and awareness.

This spring, we are embarking on the next stage of the Grove’s mission. The first part is to expand the Path of Remembrance, a stone walkway in which each stone bears the name of someone the community has lost to AIDS. There are currently hundreds of stones to be placed, an endeavor that will cover much of the Grove’s walkway.

The second part is to create a Native Healing Plant Garden. This will only enhance the Grove as a place of healing. We hope that this Garden and the Path of Remembrance will aid us in our mission to educate the public, and especially youth, about HIV/AIDS as well as the healing power of the Earth.

We welcome community donations and input for the Grove. If you would like to purchase a stone on behalf of a community member who has passed away from AIDS, click on the button below, or if you would like to donate to our native healing plant garden, please contact Chloe at 781-3660. Thank you for your support! 

 

 Click here for directions.

View our archived Memorial Grove website.

Featured Event

#KnowYourStatusCP

May 21st, 2015

We are thrilled to announce a FREE event on Thursday, May 21st, all about reducing HIV stigma and increasing knowledge about PrEP!

Mario Espinoza, a comparative ethnic studies major and junior at Cal Poly University, and Leah Campbell, ASN volunteer and junior at Cal Poly, are spearheading this event to raise awareness surrounding HIV stigma and prevention. The entire event happens on Cal Poly's campus.

On Thursday, May 21, the event will begin at 11am with a photo campaign at Cal Poly’s UU Plaza created to normalize and encourage HIV testing using the social media hashtag #KnowYourStatusCP.

The rest of the day’s events all take place in the University Union building located near the large parking garage on Grand Ave.

Schedule:

11am - 1pm: #KnowYourStatusCP Instagram Photo Campaign in UU Plaza!

12:30pm - 4pm: Free HIV Testing in the UU!

Presentations/Panels in UU220:

2pm - 3pm: Presentation and Slideshow of Senior Project by Mario Espinoza
* About his research and findings surrounding HIV stigma in SLO County.

4pm - 5:30pm: HIV Stigma Presentation & Panel
* Designed to help audience confront ongoing HIV stigma. Panelists will include locals living with this stigma.

5:30pm - 6pm: Light Refreshments will be served.

6pm - 7:30pm: PrEP Presentation & Panel
* Designed to inform about what PrEP is, why it’s important, who should use it, and how to get it. Panelists include local physicians and PrEP experts.

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