Bob (center) and Ada (holding the 2nd "B") surpass 100 volunteer days

First Park Champions volunteers to surpass 100 workdays

Earlier this year, two of our most dedicated Park Champions were the first to celebrate the milestone of volunteering 100 times.

In April, we celebrated Ada Wong, a CSPF member since 2000 who first signed up to volunteer when she retired in 2013. Ada wanted a way to give back to the state parks where she’d enjoyed camping for decades, so when she didn’t like her first volunteer day (“I didn’t like pulling weeds, they kept pricking my fingers!” she said), she tried again just a few days later. In the four years since, she has volunteered in 26 state parks, where she enjoys doing activities that she otherwise doesn’t: “I don’t enjoy gardening at home but I love doing it with Park Champions - when we’re planting we’re having conversation in the field. There’s all this camaraderie, you see the same people and you get close.” On reaching 100 workdays, Ada said, “I’m not counting, I’m just enjoying it. It means I have accomplished a lot for the parks and for myself.”

While Bob Fox also surpassed 100 volunteer days earlier this spring, we only got the chance to celebrate him this month, at Half Moon Bay State Beach, one of the parks where he volunteers as a Core Leader. When Bob learned about the Park Champions program in 2011, he had been volunteering in several state parks already. “I was working at the community garden at Candlestick Point State Park, and being a Core Leader looked like it would be an interesting way to maintain the park,” he said. When asked what he would tell someone thinking about volunteering, Bob said, “Absolutely, do it! It serves a great cause and has so much benefit.” The path to 100 volunteer days starts with just one – check out our upcoming volunteer dates and sign up today!


Thank you for eating Chipotle to help state parks

Last month, on Thursday, July 27, Chipotle Mexican Grill donated 50% of every purchase in California when you mentioned you were there for the California State Parks Foundation fundraiser. That day, you helped raise $24,490 dollars to support, protect and improve our state parks!

That means you ordered approximately:

  • 5,600 burritos 
  • 16,800 tacos 
  • Or 5,000 pounds of guacamole!

Thank you to everyone who supported our fundraiser, and many thanks to Chipotle Mexican Grill for their generous donation!


AB18 author Assemblymember Garcia meeting with advocates for CSPF's Park Advocacy Day

Looking at what's next for parks in the state legislature

The State Legislature reconvenes from summer recess next week, then only has four weeks to pass legislation to go to the Governor’s desk. CSPF is closely watching a number of bills as they wind their way through the legislative process.

Both Assembly Bill (AB) 18 (E. Garcia) and Senate Bill (SB) 5 (de León), the two bills that would place a park bond before voters in June 2018, are moving through the legislative process. We believe now is the time to reinvest in California’s natural infrastructure. Our state parks are in great need of funding to eliminate long-delayed backlogs of deferred maintenance, make critical repairs necessary to preserve visitor safety and enjoyment in our state parks, and improve amenities that will both enhance create visitor experience.

With less than a week left on the legislative summer recess, we’re asking that you help take action to show your support for strong state parks bond funding. We’d love your support by being socially active and letting Governor Jerry Brown, Senate President pro Tem Kevin de León and Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia know how critical their support is to connecting and ensuring park access for all Californians to the outdoors and state parks and why bond funds are needed to protect the natural, cultural and historical resources in California’s state parks. Tweet to @JerryBrownGov, @kdeleon or @CAproTem and @AsmEGarciaAD56 using the hashtags #AB18 and #SB5, and let them know you support our parks. Sample posts include:

  • I support our state parks! Please retweet to let @AsmEGarciaAD56 @kdeleon and @JerryBrownGov know you do, too! #ab18 #sb5 
  • State parks are part of California’s legacy! Thank you @AsmEGarciaAD56 & @kdeleon for fighting for #ab18 #sb5 
  • We need to preserve and protect our state parks for future generations! @AsmEGarciaAD56 @kdeleon @JerryBrownGov: I support #ab18 #sb5! 
  • Retweet to tell @AsmEGarciaAD56 @kdeleon @JerryBrownGov: I support #CAStateParks and I support #ab18 #sb5!

…or tell them in your own 140 characters why your park and our parks are so important! Or, follow @calparks on Twitter to retweet our posts about these bills.

See the full list of key bills we are closely watching as they move through the legislative process in the final weeks of the Legislative Session here.


Join our team!

We're hiring!

We're looking for new team members to help us fulfill our mission of protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks. Click the titles below the access the whole job description:

Leadership Gifts Officer (San Francisco or southern California)
The Leadership Gifts Officer will expand and diversify CSPF’s base of major individual donors in support of the organization’s mission and programs, and develop, manage, and grow a program to cultivate, solicit, and steward donors currently giving at the $1,000+ level and donors who have the potential to give at the $1,000+ level.

Director of Programs and Advocacy (Sacramento)
The Director of Programs and Advocacy will have overall strategic and operational responsibility for all program areas, driving strategy for the organization as a part of the senior management team, and representing CSPF on a local, regional and state-wide basis. The Director will build, maintain and oversee programs and statewide partnerships that further the Foundation’s core mission of protecting, preserving and advocating for parks, with a focus on access, equity and excellence.

Communications Coordinator (San Francisco)
The Communications Coordinator will own our robust and growing social media and online communications presence, working collaboratively with program and development staff. Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills are essential.

Park Champions Field Consultant (Northern California, contract)
The Northern California Field Consultant will help expand our successful Park Champions volunteer program to additional parks in the greater Bay Area and in other regions in Northern California. Field Consultants plan and attend projects in parks, and provide mentoring and support for Lead Volunteers. This is a contract position with a flexible, part-time schedule.


A squirrel caught with a mouthful at Calaveras Big Tree State Park

July's Photo of the Month

Congratulations to Leia Hewitt, July's winner of our Photo of the Month contest with "Can't you see I'm busy?" Leia calls this portrait, snapped at Calaveras Big Trees State Park, "one of my all time favorites that I've taken!"

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 thanks to our sponsor, Lowepro!


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