E-News April 2015

From the President

Spring has sprung and we are hopping along at a fun but furious pace! This is the season for CSPF events – events we hope you will put on your calendar, or perhaps already have there. Our Earth Day events will take place all over the state on Saturday, April 18. If you haven’t made an Earth Day plan yet, we would love to have you come out and help make a state park a better place. Your elbow grease will make a huge difference and it is always a fun day. Find more information below.

On May 5 our annual Park Advocacy Day in Sacramento will bring together some 150 park advocates to lobby policymakers on behalf of parks. We are excited to have filled all of our slots for our key lobbying day. It is so important for our legislators to hear from their constituents about the fact that state parks matter to them. It makes our job so much easier (not to say EASY) the rest of the year. If you are in the Sacramento area on May 5, stop by the Capitol to visit our expo highlighting why state parks are great places.

And last but certainly not least, our Golden Poppy Awards Gala will take place on Treasure Island on June 6. We will be fundraising with a raffle up until the gala, so purchase tickets to support our work and to try your luck at winning a new car!

I hope that I will have a chance to see you at one of these great events.

Happy spring,
Elizabeth Goldstein, President


Last Week to Register to Volunteer for Earth Day

There’s only one week left to register for our 2015 Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by PG&E on Saturday, April 18.

Come out to one of 27 state parks participating in this year’s event to help us paint fences, build picnic tables, clear trails, restore habitats or clean campsites.

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help complete long-overdue park improvement projects that are funded by CSPF grants made possible by our event sponsors Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Chevron, Oracle and Edison International, and by in-kind sponsors Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Larabar, Togo’s, Subway and The Fruit Guys.

Since it began in 1998, our Earth Day program has recruited 80,976 participants who have contributed 334,301 volunteer hours worth over $6.39 million in park maintenance and improvement. Help us continue these positive impacts this year!

Find the complete list of projects and register to volunteer today.


Support CSPF Through Our Raffle and Gala


Support California’s 279 state parks by purchasing a raffle ticket for a chance to win a 2015 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid and other fabulous prizes. Visit calparks.org/raffle or call (855) 558-1161 for more details. Tickets are available for $100 each or $500 for a 6-pack. Only 5,000 tickets will be sold.

Enter for the chance to win ...

  • Gold Rush Grand Prize: 2015 Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE
  • Go Glam!: 14K Gold South Sea Pearl Ring with round brilliant cut diamonds designed by Scott Gauthier
  • Great Getaway : Pescadero Getaway and Wildlife Adventure for Two; includes 2 night stay at Costanoa Resort in a Tent Bungalow, complimentary massages, and tickets for the elephant seal tour at Año Nuevo State Park
  • Star in your own Adventure Video: GoPro HERO4 Camera
  • Go Anywhere: Kindle Fire HDX 7" Tablet

The depiction of the vehicle above is for marketing and promotional purposes and may not reflect the actual vehicle delivered to the winner.

Golden Poppy Awards Gala

Party with the Parks
Saturday, June 6, 2015
6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Treasure Island, San Francisco

Journey through your favorite state parks as we bring the outdoors in for this elegant evening of adventure on Treasure Island. The Golden Poppy Awards Gala, presented by PG&E and Toyota, is CSPF’s largest bi-annual fundraiser -- an evening dedicated to raising crucial funds for our state parks.

This year we are pleased to honor Caroline Beteta, President and CEO of Visit California, for her extraordinary leadership in ensuring that state parks continue to provide opportunities for recreation, adventure, renewal and inspiration for all visitors.

By joining us at the 9th Golden Poppy Awards Gala, you are helping to keep state parks healthy and open for future generations. Your support will benefit the California State Parks Foundation’s park enrichment, education, and volunteer programs that serve parks throughout the state. Please visit our gala webpage for more details.

Sponsored by: PG&E | TOYOTA | Don & Diane Cooley | Connie & Robert Lurie | Martin Resorts | Anchor Brewing | Balyasny Asset Management L.P. |The Better World Group, Inc. | Capital Group | Edison International | Elizabeth Goldstein & Stephen Rees | Kenneth & Virginia Chang Kiraly | Michael & Nancy Alvarez | The Nieman & Emmett Families | ONEHOPE Wine | Paul Hastings, LLP | Roger & Delsie Schrimp and Damrell Nelson Schrimp Pallios Pacher & Silva | SF Event Venues | Southern California Gas Company | The Walt Disney Company


Successful Technical Assistance Convening

On Monday, March 30 CSPF’s Technical Assistance Center (TAC) held its Fourth Annual Convening in Sacramento. About 30 representatives from 19 nonprofit park partner organizations throughout the state joined us, including Anza-Borrego Foundation, Stewards of the Coast & Redwoods, Mountain Parks Foundation, and Shasta Historical Society. Also in attendance were all five of TAC’s consultants, Steve McCormick from the Department of Parks and Recreation's Transition Team, and CSPF staff.

Randy Widera, TAC’s operations consultant, kicked off the day with an informative and thoughtful presentation on a recent study he conducted with CSPF on the nonprofit park partner sector. Following Randy's presentation, Steve McCormick, who is chairing the partnership committee at the newly formed Transition Team, talked about the Transition Team's efforts, the transformation process, and the role of nonprofits. He also took questions from the audience and provided some very candid and honest answers.

In the afternoon, Leslie Robin and Belinda Teitel from the Center for Nonprofit Management, TAC's organizational management consultants, led a dynamic and interactive session on effectively aligning your organization's work to your mission. We concluded the day in breakout rooms where organizations were able to talk about their own situations, ask our staff questions and share their experiences with one another. Overall, the day was a huge success.


Vote for your Favorite Photos on Facebook

We need your help to determine which photos in our “California’s State Park are Great Places for You & Me” Photo Challenge will receive our first, second and third place prizes!

Over 300 photos were submitted during the Photo Challenge, helping us to create an inspiring gallery of images that we’ve shared on Facebook. We will also be using these images to create a photo gallery that will be displayed in front of the State Capitol as part of our 13th Annual Park Advocacy Day taking place on Tuesday, May 5.

To vote, visit the #calparksgreatplaces tab on our Facebook page. You’ll see some fabulous images--from great shots of individuals and families enjoying parks to beautiful landscapes of sunsets, plants and wildlife. You can vote for your favorite photos once per day until April 24.


State Fair Youth Art Contest Now Accepting Submissions

Calling youth artists ages 5 to 18! The California Youth Art Competition is accepting entries through Wednesday, April 22 … have you submitted your entry yet?

CSPF is proud to support the California State Fair Youth Art Competition, which highlights the creative talents of California’s youth. We are pleased to once again present our California State Parks Foundation Award, which will be presented to outstanding depictions of California’s natural environment.

CSPF participates in the California Youth Art Competition, which is open to Californians ages 5-18, to encourage youth to seek inspiration for their art in California’s state parks. We also hope that visitors to the California State Fair’s Youth Art Exhibit will be inspired by the work of these young artists to visit state parks themselves.

There are many categories of competition, including Fine Art (e.g. paintings, drawings, mixed media, watercolors); Fashion and Textiles (e.g. sewing projects, apparel, quilts); Crafts and Hobbies (e.g. wood items, miniatures and models) or Media (e.g. video and animation, photography).

Submissions to the competition are now being accepted online through April 22. For more information about CSPF’s role in the California State Fair Youth Art Competition, last year’s winners and for more details on how to participate, please visit our website.


Grantee Group Completes Trail Restoration Project

Friends4Picacho received a Park Enrichment grant from CSPF in February 2014 for trail improvements at Picacho State Recreation Area. Located in the remote eastern portion in Southern California along the Colorado River, Picacho features a diverse natural environment that includes beavertail cactus, bighorn sheep and thousands of migratory waterfowl. Visitors can enjoy camping, boating, kayaking and canoeing, as well as exploring the park’s historic gold mining town.

With funding from the grant, volunteers replaced wood trail signs, restored trails, removed overgrown vegetation, and replaced wood bollards. With the trail enchantments and improvements, visitors are able to enjoy the Picacho State Recreation Area’s many trails.


Volunteer Year Round in State Parks

Celebrate Earth Day all month long by volunteering with Park Champions! Join one of our friendly volunteer teams to:

  • Help restore plant and animal habitat at Half Moon Bay (San Mateo), Silver Strand (San Diego), or Palomar Mountain (San Diego)
  • Build a split-rail fence at Wildwood Canyon (San Bernadino)
  • Prepare for a new equestrian day use area at Chino Hills (Orange/Los Angeles/San Bernardino)
  • Repair picnic tables at Castle Rock (Santa Cruz)
  • Paint a utility shed at Mount Diablo (Contra Costa)
  • Add finishing touches to a historic garden at San Juan Bautista (San Benito)
  • Assist with general park maintenance at Candlestick Point (San Francisco) or Carpinteria (Santa Barbara).

Calling all active SoCal Park Champions! Want to take your volunteering to a new level? We are currently recruiting new Core Leaders and have just a few spots left for our leadership training at Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook (Los Angeles) on May 2. Open to currently active volunteers only. Please e-mail phoebe@calparks.org for additional information.

Visit our website to see a map of upcoming projects at parks near you and our Flickr page for examples of Park Champions in action.


Photo of the Month

Image: Natural Bridges State Beach ©Vincent James

Congratulations to photo contestant Vincent James for winning the Photo of the Month for March!

We love how zen his image, “Staring at the Sea,” is, and how it captures a still silhouette through the arch at Natural Bridges State Beach.

You could be the next Photo of the Month winner! To compete in CSPF’s contest, simply complete your free registration on MyParkPhotos.com and be sure to check off “California State Parks Foundation” next to "Join Partner Contests." Thank you to our contest sponsor Lowepro!


Weekend Travel Tips from Weekend Sherpa

Image: Angel Island State Park ©Della Huff

Ferry Trail

Baseball isn't the only new season to happen this spring. Starting in April, the new, longer schedule begins for the Tiburon to Angel Island Ferry. Multiple ferries serve this historic park, but departing from Tiburon is a favorite. Angel Island's rich history, a hidden south-facing beach, and ridiculously scenic picnic spots and campsites are just a few reasons to go. It also happens to have unparalleled vistas of icons on the Bay.

Find out more at Weekend Sherpa.


California State Parks Foundation

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