Steve Weis Aids Living Memorial Grove

San Luis Obispo

ABOUT THE MEMORIAL GROVE

The Steve Weiss AIDS Living Memorial Grove, a native plant jewel located in El Chorro Regional Park, serves our community as a place of reflection, education, and awareness. Founded in 1994 and home to over 200 native Californian trees, shrubs, and grasses, the Access Support Network continues to develop and maintain the Steve Weiss AIDS Living Memorial Grove on three acres of El Chorro Regional Park. As the plants mature, work will continue to make the Memorial Grove more accessible and vibrant. Other goals are the creation of a rock garden, a small amphitheater in a curve of Dairy Creek and a hilltop meditation point with panoramic views.

Steve Weiss AIDS Living Memorial Memorial Grove

History of the Grove

 The AIDS Living Memorial Grove 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.

Steve Weiss AIDS Living Memorial Grove

A LIVING MEMORIAL​

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

Included is the Path of Remembrance, a stone walkway in which each stone bears the name of someone the community has lost to AIDS. 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.

Steve Weiss AIDS Living Memorial Grove

Getting to the grove

El Chorro Regional Park
State Highway 1
San Luis Obispo, CA 93408

The site, surrounded by campgrounds, Dairy Creek Golf Course and Dairy Creek, is rolling grassland formerly used for cattle grazing. From the entryway, the view includes grassland, maturing trees throughout the Grove as well as mature sycamores along Dairy Creek at the far boundary, benches donated in memory of Dr. William Gordon and of Ray and Jamie Hatler and a small footbridge across a side stream. 

Once you turn into the park’s entrance, continue on Dairy Creek Road for 0.2 miles until you reach the attendant booth. Take a left immediately after the attendant booth into the campground. Continue straight for 1.5 miles until you reach the back end of the campground. A low wood fence and double row of Catalina Ironwood and Catalina Cherry trees separate the campground from the Grove. Parking is on the left side of the service road on the upper edge of the campground. An entry path and gateway to the grove is visible from there.

Steve Weiss AIDS Living Memorial Grove

GROWTH OF the Grove

Since 1994, the Steve Weiss AIDS Living Memorial Grove has seen many changes. Sroll through the gallery below to see it’s beautiful evolution!

We Always Receive All Your Help

DONATE TO the Grove

Your support fuels the ASN’s mission of ending the HIV and Hep C epidemics, supporting people in their battle against HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C.

Monetary Donations

As a non-profit, the ASN greatly relies on the generosity of our community. Your gift/donation ensures that our community members living with HIV and/or Hepatitis C continue to receive life saving medical care and social services.

Become a Volunteer

From community outreach and testing events, to fundraisers, to daily office operations, there is a wide range of volunteer opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds!

Donate Items

Items such as fresh produce, toiletries, and personal care items are highly needed among our clients. See here for a current list of items we’re accepting and how to donate them.