E-News May 2015

From the President

It has been a successful season of events for CSPF as of late. Our Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup event on April 18 coordinated over 1,500 volunteers helping in 27 state parks across California. And our Park Advocacy Day event on May 5 brought over 150 advocates together at the Capitol to make legislative lobby visits and advocate on behalf of state parks and upcoming legislation. You can read more about both events in the articles below.

There is one more upcoming event to round out the season, and that’s our Golden Poppy Gala and Raffle. It is a fun event and our largest bi-annual fundraiser. I hope you can join us on June 6 on Treasure Island.

If you can’t make it, you can still support the fundraiser by purchasing raffle tickets. It’s an easy way to give direct support, and you will be entered to win great prizes like a Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE!

Between all these events, we have continued our hard work for state parks, including the development of this great infographic which I am excited to share with you. It depicts some of the impressive impacts our state parks have on our community, the economy, and young children. Be sure to take a look.

Through it all, I am grateful for all your positive energy and participation in the work we are doing. As I said at our Park Advocacy Day reception, I am constantly invigorated by the passion of our supporters and partners, and I know that together we will achieve greatness for our state parks.

Elizabeth Goldstein, President


Support CSPF Through Our Raffle and Gala

Join us for our 9th Golden Poppy Awards Gala, presented by PG&E and Toyota, on Saturday, June 6, 2015 on Treasure Island. This premier party for state parks is dedicated to raising crucial funds needed to protect, enhance, and improve California’s 279 state parks.

Reserve your seats online today.

The evening will include a cocktail reception featuring summertime hors d'oeuvres and Anchor Brewing Company pairings, fabulous dinner fare from McCall & Associates, an awards ceremony recognizing leaders in the parks community, a live auction with eight incredible prizes, and live music by The California Honeydrops. The raffle winners for the Grand Prize 2015 Toyota Camry XLE Hybrid, as well as other wonderful prizes, will also be announced.

We hope to see you there!

Do you have your raffle tickets yet?

The Toyota Camry Hybrid XLE raffle drawing will be held on June 6 at the gala. You do not want to miss your opportunity to win this beautiful fuel-efficient and fully-loaded hybrid.

Tickets are available to purchase by phone at (855) 558-1161 or by completing the raffle order form available on our website. Single tickets are $100 or a six-pack is $500. The raffle is a great way to support our state parks, and you need not be present at the gala to win. Additional prizes include jewelry by Gauthier, a Pescadero Getaway Adventure, a GoPro HERO4, and a Kindle Fire!

Get Raffle Tickets

Good luck to all our raffle ticket holders!


SUBWAY® Restaurants Share with State Parks

SUBWAY® restaurants in San Francisco and Sacramento are joining forces with CSPF to help support state parks this summer with their “You Share. We Share.” Campaign.

From now until August 31, 2015, more than 850 local SUBWAY® restaurants will participate in the “You Share. We Share.” campaign to help CSPF. The campaign encourages the community to get out and share their weekends with SUBWAY® restaurants, and SUBWAY® restaurants will share right back by donating a percentage of weekend sales, up to $100,000, directly to CSPF. The San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento regions are home to over 80 state parks that not only serve local residents with rich opportunities for exercise, recreation, and education but also provide jobs for community members and generate significant economic activity for local businesses that serve park visitors. Each year, over 18 million visitors of all ages visit these parks to improve their health, wellbeing, and knowledge.

Through the “You Share. We Share.” campaign, we can positively impact millions of people today and for years to come by promoting healthy and active lifestyles, protecting the environment, and supporting CSPF programs that benefit state parks and their visitors. We have exciting plans for the future of our state parks and are grateful to SUBWAY® restaurants for helping us achieve our vision.


Thank You Earth Day Volunteers and Partners!

Thanks to the amazing volunteers who came out for our 17th Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by PG&E, 27 of California’s state parks received some much-needed TLC on April 18. 1,673 volunteers statewide planted 1,235 native trees and plants; removed 630 cubic yards of non-native plants; collected 453 bags plus 56 cubic yards of trash and 37 bags of recycling; installed fences; refurbished picnic areas and campgrounds; restored trails; removed graffiti; painted curbs and buildings; and educated participants about the importance of caring for our state’s natural treasures.

These accomplishments would not have been possible without our incredible volunteers' support and hard work.

Special thanks go to our presenting sponsor Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Edison International, Chevron, and Oracle, as well as our in-kind donors Subway, Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Larabar, Togo’s and Starbucks Coffee. Their financial and in-kind contributions were instrumental to the event’s success.

Thank you to our media sponsors for their promotional support and outreach: Auburn Journal | BIG 103.7FM | CBS2 and KCAL9 | Chino Hills Champion | COAST 101.3FM | Dana Point Times | Half Moon Bay Review | KAHI AM 950 | KCBS 740am | KHITS 101.5 | KSCO AM L.A. Daily News | Folsom Telegraph | KTVU-TV Channel 2 | Los Angeles Daily News | Marin Independent Journal | Oroville Mercury Register | San Clemente Times | San Luis Obispo Tribune | Santa Cruz Sentinel | Soft Rock 98.9/ Fresno ClearChannel | Sonoma Index-Tribune | The Capistrano Dispatch | TV36 | World Journal


Recap from Park Advocacy Day

Over 160 park supporters from throughout California gathered together in Sacramento for CSPF’s 13th Annual Park Advocacy Day on May 5. The day was a great success, one that we know will have a lasting impact on policymakers as they make important decisions regarding California’s state parks.

Park Advocacy Day 2015 kicked off with a morning session featuring speakers Assemblymember Richard Gordon (D-Menlo Park) and Assemblymember Marc Levine (D-San Rafael).

Following the morning session, CSPF hosted a “California’s State Parks are Great Places for You and Me” expo on the lawn of the State Capitol. The expo featured 20 organizations from throughout California, each showcasing innovative projects taking place at state parks. Projects showcased by expo partners included trail stewardship, water sampling, recycling, marine life, and more.

Park Advocacy Day participants spent the majority of the afternoon lobbying inside the Capitol in support of legislation that would benefit state parks. In total, Park Advocacy Day participants had meetings with 122 policymakers!

The bills lobbied this year included:

  • SB 317 (De León): Safe Neighborhood Parks, Rivers, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2016
  • AB 327 (Gordon): Prevailing Wage Exemption for (Public Works) Volunteers
  • AB 988 (Stone): Outdoor Environmental and Recreation Program

You can read more about these bills on our website.

To end the day CSPF hosted a reception honoring our 2015 Legacy Award recipients Assemblymember Kristin Olsen (R-Modesto) and Assemblymember Anthony Rendon (D-Lakewood).

See photos from the day on our blog.


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Great Places Photo Challenge Winners

Thank you to everyone who participated in our “Great Places for You and Me” photo challenge on Facebook. We had amazing entries, and after a round of voting by participants, we are happy to announce the winners of the challenge!


Volunteer in State Parks

Join one of your friendly Park Champions teams and help state parks get ready for the busy summer season! This May we will have our first Park Champions workday at Jug Handle State Natural Reserve (Mendocino) and free camping is available!

We are also holding a special Native Horticulture Crew Leader training on Saturday, May 16 at Rio de Los Angeles (Los Angeles). Open to currently active volunteers only. Please e-mail phoebe@calparks.org for additional information.

Help your local teams improve popular trails at China Camp (Marin) or Chino Hills (San Bernardino/Orange/Riverside), maintain a historic orchard at Palomar Mountain (San Diego), repaint the handrails at Mount Diablo (Contra Costa), help with general park maintenance at Jug Handle (Mendocino) or Candlestick Point (San Francisco), or restore plant and animal habitat at Silver Strand (San Diego), Half Moon Bay (San Mateo), Baldwin Hills (Los Angeles) or Rio de Los Angeles (Los Angeles). Free camping is available at China Camp, Jug Handle, Palomar, and Mount Diablo!

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: Sonoma Coast State Beach ©Mike Shoys

Congratulations to photo contestant Mike Shoys for winning the Photo of the Month for April!

His image, “Rain Salute,” from Sonoma Coast State Beach, is especially timely as we collectively hope for more rain across the state.

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

State of Play

How many state parks does California have? 279! How many have you explored? Start counting! Weekend Sherpa highlights three historic state parks worth a visit.

Find out more at Weekend Sherpa.


California State Parks Foundation

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