Grant funds Loaner Lifejackets at Kids’ Safety Day

Summer isn’t fun if it isn’t safe. That’s why when Millerton Lake State Recreation Area asked for help with their fourth annual Kids’ Safety Day, we were ready to dive in. 

Over 200 people attended Kids’ Safety Day at the beginning of the summer, which gave park lovers the opportunity to learn water safety tips, the importance of swimming near a lifeguard and lifejacket safety. To support this important educational event, we awarded Millerton Lake State Recreation Area a grant for 46 new loaner lifejackets. Loaner lifejackets are available at loan stations at state parks across California for visitors to borrow for a day or a weekend. This event, the only one of its size and scope in the San Joaquin Valley, educated visitors on how to have a safe aquatic experience in California’s state parks this summer, and our grant makes sure both fun and safety are accessible to visitors who might not be able to bring their own life jackets.

According to research from the Department of Parks and Recreation, the number one reason more than 50 million people visit our state parks each year is water – nearly two-thirds of California’s beautiful state parks offer an aquatic recreation component. With the popularity of California’s beaches, lakes, reservoirs, rivers, ponds and swimming pool comes a need to make sure park visitors stay safe and are educated on proper water safety. 

You can learn more about where to find loaner lifejackets on the Department of Parks and Recreations website


Q&A with a Park Champions Core Leader

“Park Champions has provided me with a sense of community that I haven’t found anywhere else.” It is this sense of community that lead Charlotte, a Park Champion volunteer since 2015, to take the steps to become a Core Leader. Core Leaders are individuals around California who donate their time to make sure our volunteer workdays run smoothly. Quite simply, Park Champions workdays would not be possible without these dedicated lead volunteers. Charlotte recently answered a few questions on why volunteering is important and her journey to becoming a core leader as part of our Park Champions Appreciation Month celebration in June. Read her answers on our blog, and more posts from other Core Leaders as well


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 to access the whole job description: 

Membership Marketing Coordinator: Working collaboratively with our membership, communications and our programs and advocacy teams, the Membership Marketing Coordinator will bring creativity and cohesion to direct marketing letters and emails, promotional materials, newsletters, integrated marketing campaigns and other member communications. Excellent writing, editing and proofreading skills are essential. (Based in San Francisco)

Program Coordinator: The Program Coordinator will support the programs and advocacy team in the development and execution of volunteerism strategies including our Park Champions program and Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup. This will consist of updating and maintaining volunteer management tools, drafting communications, responding to volunteer questions and project managing high-priority volunteer events. Must have strong communications skills, experience working with diverse constituents and an interest in volunteer management or environmental education. (Based in Sacramento)

Advocacy Coordinator: The Advocacy Coordinator will support our advocacy and programs work and will be responsible for a range of activities that include policy research and analysis, legislative efforts, budgetary issues, communications, event logistics and other duties as assigned. Strong communications skills and an interest in advocacy, legislation and policy development a must. (Based in Sacramento)


Parks legislation advances in Sacramento

The State Legislature broke for summer recess last week and will reconvene August 6. Before the break, the Senate and Assembly continued their support of important park legislation.

Assembly Bill 2534 (Limón) and Assembly Bill 2614 (Carrillo) were passed out of the Senate Natural Resources Committee and await to be heard by Senate Appropriations. California State Parks Foundation has endorsed both bills, which create pathways for California's youth to the outdoors and are solutions to ensure all Californians who reflect the diversity of the state are experiencing and visiting state parks. The State Legislature also advanced legislation to keep our parks clean, to establish July 2018 as “Parks Make Life Better!” Month and to ensure we all have access to our parks.

Once the Legislature comes back together in August, all bills will need to be passed and sent to the Governor for his signature by August 31, 2018. Get more updates on important parks legislation and will let you know how you can use for voice and show your support for parks.


June Photo of the Month winner

Congratulations to Thomas Rivette, whose photo taken at the California State Railroad Museum is June’s Photo of the Month winner!

Did you know the California State Railroad Museum is a California state park? The museum is owned and operated by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and is a part of the Old Sacramento State Historic Park and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park. Thomas captured this photo which features the historic steam locomotive Union Pacific 4466 and diesel locomotive Southern Pacific 6051 during one of his many visits the museum. He describes the museum as his favorite because he is “very passionate about railroad history” and believes “museums like CSRM and its dedicated volunteers play an important role in keeping this history alive for future generations to enjoy.”

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! 


California State Parks Foundation

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