6 Reasons for you to participate in CSPF’s 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup
Earth Day is right around the corner! On Saturday, April, 21, thousands will join forces to make a difference in California state parks and you can join them! Find six reasons why you should participate in our 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup, presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company on our blog!
Improving access for students in state parks
At CSPF we believe that prioritizing meaningful and fun experiences for young people in state parks will grow the next generation of park lovers. But our parks must be accessible to all visitors for this to happen.
At California State University, Northridge, they’re working to do just that. Last year we awarded a $5,000 grant for a pilot of their Re/Connecting People with Parks program, focused on providing students and young adults in the Los Angeles area, especially among minorities and underserved populations, with opportunities to explore and experience California state parks. Free outdoor activities such as kayaking, docent-led hiking and bird watching, as well as leadership training were offered at Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve State Natural Reserve, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area, Placerita Canyon State Park and Topanga State Park.
Our grant helped overcome access barriers, such as transportation challenges and equipment rental cost, for over 280 individuals who participated in activities through the Re/Connecting People with Parks program. The funding also helped build awareness of the program and create partnership that will be important in sustain the program in the future. For photos and to learn more about the program, visit their website.
Send your voice to Sacramento to say parks matter
All Californians should have access to the positive impacts parks have on health, happiness and quality of life – but not everyone does. On May 8, California State Parks Foundation will convene advocates from across California in Sacramento to tell policymakers and legislators that our parks and our future matter.
Even if you can’t join our advocates in Sacramento, you can send your voice with them to say what Our Parks, Our Future means to you. For CSPF, Our Parks, Our Future embodies the belief that youth, now and for generations to come, hold within them the future of our California state parks. We believe in the transformative power of experiences in parks – that if youth are exposed to state parks, engaged in meaningful outdoor experiences and empowered to use their voices, they will become the next generation of committed park stewards.
Use your voice for Our Parks, Our Future by sharing your voice on social media using #ourparksourfuture on Instagram and Twitter to tell us @calparks why you advocate for Our Parks, Our Future. Your messages will be available for Park Advocacy Day attendees to fuel their advocacy for all people who are denied access to state parks.
Have fun helping parks this spring
Make new friends, learn new skills and have fun helping parks by volunteering with Park Champions! This spring, we’re experimenting with more youth friendly projects to get the whole family involved. Volunteers are also invited to camping getaways, educational tours, free trainings, ferry rides, wildflower festivals and more!
- Spend time with family and help parks too! Youth of all ages are invited to help clean up beaches and picnic areas at: Carpinteria State Beach (Santa Barbara), Half Moon Bay State Beach (San Mateo), and Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (Santa Cruz).
- Escape on a road trip for Park Champions, enjoy free camping and help parks get ready for spring at Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park (Tulare), Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area (San Bernardino County), and Palomar Mountain State Park (San Diego County).
- Discover how native plants support our natural ecosystems and remove invasive plants to help wildlife habitat thrive at Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park (Amador County), Rio de Los Angeles State Park (Los Angeles County) or Candlestick Point Recreation Area (San Francisco County).
- Learn techniques to restore trails for better hiking and biking, and also protect waterways from the damaging effects of erosion at China Camp State Park (Marin), Chino Hills State Park (Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties) or Topanga State Park (Los Angeles County).
Visit our website to see a map of all upcoming projects at parks near you and our Flickr page for examples of Park Champions in action. Hope we’ll see you at a workday soon!
March Photo of the Month
Congratulations to Bachir Badaoui, whose photo taken at Huntington Beach State Park is March’s Photo of the Month winner! Bachir captured this photo that he describes as “beautiful light in the sky above Huntington pier reflecting on the beach during low tides”, which lasted for only a short few minutes after sunset.
You could be our next winner! Join our My California State Parks Flickr group to become part of a community of photographers and park lovers sharing their images. Once a month, a winner is selected to win a prize!