Park Champions volunteers enjoy a summer day at Baldwin Hills
From the President
Summer in California, State Parks Style
It is summer in California, and these are some of the best days to spend in our beloved state parks. More sunlight, warm nights for camping, and great beach weather make time in state parks extra enjoyable this time of year.
Summer is also a busy time for some of our favorite programs at CSPF.
Summer is a great time of year to volunteer in our parks. But with people traveling for vacations lately, we could use some new faces at our volunteer events. If you haven’t tried volunteering with us before, we would love to have you at an upcoming workday!
Park Champions volunteer days happen all over the state, with multiple projects planned each month. You can see the calendar of upcoming workdays and register online. Many workdays are family friendly, or are a great place to meet new people in your community if you come solo.
Park Champions days are extra fun in the summer, with weekend camping trips, backpacking, hiking and kayaking opportunities planned. Later in August we will be holding our first volunteer workday at scenic Schooner Gulch State Beach, located in Mendocino County about 40 miles northwest of Santa Rosa.
Summer Enrichment Program
The seventh year of the Summer Enrichment Program is in full swing, bringing California kids on outdoor trips to state parks in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Sacramento and Glenn counties. CSPF will also fund transportation for the Gilroy, Oakland and Los Angeles programs so they may also continue camping trips in 2015.
Summer Art Contest
CSPF has kicked off a summer art contest for Californians ages 4 to 18. Young artists can submit posters depicting what the theme of “State Parks are Great Places to You and Me” means to them. The deadline is September 8, so please help us spread the word to all the young folks you know! More information about the contest below.
I hope you are out making the most of our beautiful state this summer!
Summer Contest for Young Artists Underway
CSPF is looking for young Californians to help celebrate why state parks are great places through our summer art contest. To participate, Californians ages 4 to 18 simply submit a poster that depicts why they think California’s state parks are great places for kids.
The contest, which will run through September 8, 2015, is intended to encourage young Californians to reflect on why state parks are important in their lives. All entries should reflect the theme “California’s State Parks are Great Places for You & Me.” CSPF has used this grassroots theme in recent years to connect Californians on a personal level to their 279 state parks.
Submissions to the Youth Art Contest should in the form of posters, no smaller than 8 inches by 10 inches, and no larger than 11 inches by 17 inches. Paper type, medium and style are all open to the artist’s preference. Submissions should be mailed to CSPF’s Sacramento office.
Find the full contest rules and entry form here.
A Park Champion works at Rio de Los Angeles
Volunteers Needed This Summer
Have you spent enough time in state parks this summer? If not, get your hands dirty and help your local Park Champions teams with trail repair, habitat restoration, and maintenance and beautification projects. Remove invasive plants and restore habitat for the birds and the bees at Rio de Los Angeles (Los Angeles), Folsom Lake (Sacramento), or Half Moon Bay (San Mateo), restore a historic orchard at Jack London (Sonoma), clear the trails at Palomar Mountain (San Diego), build steps to the beach at Schooner Gulch (Mendocino), or help with general maintenance projects at Candlestick Point (San Francisco) or China Camp (Marin). FREE CAMPING is available for registered volunteers at Palomar Mountain, China Camp and Schooner Gulch.
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.
The Park Champions program is made possible in part by generous sponsorship from PG&E, Edison International, Capital Group, Southern California Gas Company, and Intel Security.
Subway Supports State Parks
You may have noticed the California State Parks Foundation in your local SUBWAY® restaurant lately.
If so, it’s because SUBWAY® restaurants in the San Francisco and Sacramento areas have joined together this summer to support CSPF with their "You Share. We Share." campaign.
There are only a few days left … help us make the most of this opportunity to support our parks! Head to a participating SUBWAY® restaurant in San Francisco or Sacramento during the weekends before August 31 and those restaurants will donate a percentage of increased weekend sales, up to $100,000, directly to CSPF. That donation will provide vital support for CSPF programs that benefit the parks and their visitors.
Thank you for helping us make this campaign a success!
Students from Radcliff Elementary run up the sand dunes at Palm State Beach, photo courtesy Save Our Shores
Grant Connects Students to the Beach
A recent Park Enrichment Grant awarded to Save Our Shores supported bus transportation for school groups, beach clean-up events and hands-on marine education activities in Santa Cruz County state parks. With grant funds, students participated in an educational field trip to Natural Bridges State Beach, Seacliff State Park or Sunset State Beach. On the educational field trips, students learned about the importance of Marine Protected Areas and the significance of pollution, toured the Monarch Butterfly at Natural Bridges State Beach, cleaned up beaches, participated in the Living Fossils program from Seacliff State Park and toured parks with park interpreters.
Fort Ross State Historic Park by Sarah Stierch via Flickr
Anchor Makes State Parks Cooler
Looking for a new cooler for your summer get-away—and want to help the parks at the same time? Check out Anchor Brewing’s limited-edition coolers on display in Safeway’s across Northern California now through the end of the summer. Proceeds from the sale of Anchor California Lager support California State Parks Foundation’s efforts to protect, maintain, and enhance our state parks. So fill up your cooler with California Lager and help make a difference for the parks!
Cardiff State Beach by Julianne Bradford
Photo of the Month
Congratulations to photo contestant Julianne Bradford for winning the Photo of the Month for July!
Her image, “Family Beach Walk,” from Cardiff State Beach, sums up a perfect evening for a family visiting a park this summer.
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!
Hendy Woods State Park by Sharon Mollerus via Flickr
Weekend Travel Tips from Weekend Sherpa
Just a few hours north of San Francisco, lovely Anderson Valley is throwback wine country. This land of pinot noirs is enjoying a burgeoning reputation for premium wines, with tasting rooms still pouring for free, or as low as $5 per tasting. Who knows how long such prices will last—Anderson Valley is on the up and up! Taste your way through the valley (hey, it's only 15 miles long!), but first, stake your claim by pitching your tent in an ancient redwood forest few ever see. Hendy Woods State Park is an absolute gem with 92 campsites set spaciously in a circular pattern with a central area, along with four small stand-alone (barebones) cabins.
Read more about Hendy and other great wine country campsites.
Take the 2015 Adventure Challenge
Hike, bike, kayak, picnic, camp … how do you adventure? It's time for the 4th annual Weekend Sherpa Adventure Challenge! Do any three adventures from Weekend Sherpa and get an all-new T-shirt specially made by The North Face. Plus get a limited-edition tote bag and be entered to win the Grand Prize: two round-trip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies from California!
Find out more at Weekend Sherpa.