Connecting with Our State Parks in New Ways
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.