Community Access Pass (CAP)

Established in 2014, the CAP program partners with local nonprofit organizations to distribute free annual Explorer Passes for historically underserved communities. Pass recipients receive general admission to 16 participating cultural institutions for a full year, with the flexibility to use the passes when most convenient for them. Pass distributions are available only through our nonprofit partner network. Interested nonprofits are invited to complete an application online, click here.

For more information contact us via email at

Military Appreciation Pass (MAP)

Since 2017, the Balboa Park Explorer Military Appreciation Pass program has offered interested active duty military families the opportunity to enjoy Balboa Park for a year, through the use of a free Explorer Annual Passes.

Applications are open until filled. If unavailable, please check back in a couple of weeks.

Click here to complete an application

Note: The Military Appreciation Pass is subject to availability and is only available one time per household, regardless of PCS orders; first come, first served. All individual Passholders must be named and are non-transferable. Guest passes are not included. This program is only open to Active Duty military and their dependents living in San Diego County for at least one year. Please submit only one application per household.

For more information contact us via email at

Sponsorship Opportunities

Balboa Park Explorer has a range of robust sponsorship opportunities, including marketing and recognition opportunities. In an effort to provide many businesses with the opportunity to support the Balboa Park Explorer, we also have a program for logo recognition just on Balboa Park Annual Explorer cards.

To find out more about this unique program, please email Kristen Mihalko, Director, Operations, at

Balboa Park Explorer VIP Patrons

Balboa Park Explorer VIP Patrons help make it possible for the Explorer program to enhance our community outreach programs. For each VIP Patron Pass purchased, ten historically underserved families served by our Community Access Pass program, or ten active duty military families served by our Military Appreciation Pass program, will receive a Balboa Park Explorer Annual Family Pass.

Would you like to become a VIP Patron and receive permanent recognition of your support of this vital program? Please email Theresa Wulf, Director, Community Engagement, at

We thank our Founding Patrons and VIP Patrons for their leadership and generosity:

Dr. Michael Hager and Denise Hager

Betty Peabody

Carol and Jeff Chang

Peter K. and Doris A. Ellsworth

Rod and Wynne Melendez

John and Tracy Downing

Gary and Zoraida Payne

Dr. Jeffrey and Joy Kirsch

Dr. Edward Abeyta

Machel Allen-Zondlowski and Maxime Zondlowski

Robert F. and Gay M. Ames

Susan Batt

Dr. Wolfgang Berger and Karen Berger

Toni and John Bloomberg

Sue Britt and Keith DeVore

Anita I. Busquets and William A. Ladd

Dr. Jennifer Campbell

Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Carson

Ben and Nikki Clay

Joseph Cohen

David and Lesley Cohn

Peter and Lorry Comiskey

Karen and McDermot Coutts

Pamela and Theodore Crooks

Elaine and Dave Darwin

James and Mary Dawe

Paul and Anaika Dayton

Diane and Thor Eakes

Dan and Phyllis Epstein

Susan and Craig Evanco

Jon and Barbara Everett

Susan Faron and Sandy Faron Chantler

Tom and JJ Fetter

Lori Fleet and Mike Martin

Hal and Pam Fuson

George and Alison Gildred

Kimberly Godwin

Jack and Kay Harkins

Will and Norma Hays

Thomas and M Jo Hazard

Kimberly and Nathan Heller

Richard Helmstetter

Allison Henderson and Jay Miles

Paul and Linda Hundhammer

Irwin and Joan Jacobs

Tom and Julie Karlo

James Kidrick

Jo Ann and James Kilty

Maureen and Charlie King

Helen W. and Webster B. Kinnaird

Jerry and Gayle Klusky

Paul Levin and Joanna Hirst

Loughridge Family

Elizabeth and Sheldon Margolis

Connie Matsui Beckman

Paul and Maggie Meyer

Theodore J. and Anabel I. Mintz

Roy Muraoka and Kimi Kaneyuki

James and Mary Nierman

Dennis Otsuji

Pam and Phil Palisoul

Bob and Patty Payne

Terri Peterson Zimdars

Taffin A. and Gene W. Ray

John Rebelo and Sarah B. Marsh-Rebelo

Robert and Lillie Breitbard Foundation

Frank and Demi Rogozienski

Eberhard and Jessica Rohm

Patti Roscoe and Jim Tiffany

Glenn and Lynne Rossman

Martha and Michael Rowan

Stephen Russell and Steven Barbone

Carmen Sandoval and Jesse Fernandez

Lewis and Alice Silverberg

Spanish Village Art Center

David G. Strickland, ASLA

John Venekamp and Clifford Schireson

Pamela J. Wagner

Lori and Bill Walton

Dennis and Carol Wilson

Mary Yang and Bill Kuni

Funding Support provided by San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture