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Connecting with Our State Parks in New Ways

Hi Friends-
Whether it’s a jog around the block every morning or a walk through the local park at the end of each day, I hope you are finding a way to connect with nature right now. For us, that means our team is working diligently to bring the natural beauty of our state parks to communities across California in new and creative ways.

With that in mind, we’d like to invite you to adventure through a handful of California State Parks with us in our virtual event series – ParkSpeak. Step into guided tours that highlight the unique history of each park, complete with behind-the-scenes anecdotes, people and little-known facts. 

This week we kicked off the ParkSpeak series with a visit to Patrick’s Point State Park, where we discovered what makes Sumeg Village an important location for the Yurok Tribe and how this partnership has engaged in restorative justice. If you missed it, check it out here

You can RSVP for the two upcoming ParkSpeak events here, including:

  • La Purisima Mission State Historic Park, Thursday, September 24 at 6 p.m.
    • Where early California meets the digital age - learn from La Purisima Mission State Historic Park staff as they share the history of this special place.
  • Anza Borrego Desert State Park®, Thursday, October 15 at 5 p.m.
    • The partnership between Anza Borrego Desert State Park® and the Anza Borrego Foundation is increasing equitable access for youth. 

Over the last few weeks, I’ve also had the pleasure of hosting three important conversations about equity in California State Parks. Watch the videos below to learn how we are finding inclusive solutions that create meaningful change statewide: 

Lastly, I’m happy to announce new grant opportunities through Save the Redwoods League, as well as our newest job opening for a Resource Stewardship Program Manager

Remember – however big or small you find ways to connect with nature in this moment, please protect your community by recreating responsibly.

Wishing you and yours well,


P.S. If this work matters to you, please donate to help us continue making our state parks more equitable.

Photo Courtesy: Point Lobos Foundation

Grants To Safely Reopen State Parks 

A few months ago, we introduced a grants program designed to support California State Parks in the safe reopening of state park visitor centers, bookstores, museums and gift shops. We received a tremendous response to our Reopening California State Parks, COVID-19 Small Grants Program – ultimately enabling 60 local partners to purchase precautionary safety items including plexiglass, signage, PPE face masks, hand sanitizer, floor tape and more. Thank you to all the partners who continue to implement social-distancing precautions that keep our parks family and visitors safe! 

Photo Courtesy: Every Child Outdoors

Save the Redwoods League – Redwood Connect Grants

Our friends at Save the Redwoods League are committed to connecting all people to the peace and beauty of California redwoods. The new Redwood Connect Grants program is designed to foster equitable access to parks, meaningful and community-driven connections with nature, and a deeper understanding of the many different attributes and benefits of the redwood forest. Apply to the 2020 Redwood Connect Grants today! Applications are open through September 4, 2020.  

Join Our Growing Team of Park Lovers

Calling all California State Parks lovers – we’re looking for the newest member of the Parks California team! Our Resource Stewardship Program Manager will lead the development of an emerging conservation program that works in collaboration with California State Parks’ Natural Resources division and engages partners to make natural places more resilient for future generations.

Check out the full job description here, and if you’re interested in working on a team dedicated to helping our state parks thrive, please apply today.

Parks That Thrive & Shine

The latest news and events for you to enjoy with your family and friends.

Restoring a State Historic Park

The boardwalk on the Cache Creek Nature Trail located at Anderson Marsh State Historic Park will receive much-needed repairs thanks to a “Keeping Parks Whole” grant from the California State Parks Foundation.
Read more

Cleaning Up Our Coast

The California Coastal Commission is inviting California residents to clean up or coast and state beaches in September. Join the 36th Annual California Coastal Cleanup during the first-ever cleanup month. 
Read more

#Staycation2020, Santa Cruz Style

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks launched its #Staycation2020 campaign, an effort to help locals in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties rediscover their local state parks and beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read more

The 3 Things We're Talking About

1. We’re celebrating parklands in California and nationwide with the passage of the Great American Outdoors Act 
2. However you connect with nature, remember to stay local for weekend getaways. If you live in San Diego, enjoy these nine great trips 
3. We’re in awe of the beauty featured in the California State Parks’ Southern Service Center’s newly launched “A Shot in the Park” photo exhibition

Support Parks California

Caring for 280 California State Parks takes all of us coming together. When you donate to Parks California, you help strengthen parks and inspire all to experience these extraordinary places. Please consider supporting this important work with a donation today
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