Advocates convene in Sacramento for another successful Park Advocacy Day

Earlier this week, more than 100 advocates joined us in Sacramento for our annual Park Advocacy Day, to learn how to activate their voices for parks, build relationships with elected officials and communicate a message of why our parks and our future matter to state elected officials and policy staff. It was a busy day of storytelling, speakers, information-sharing and meetings that left an impact on both park advocates and the legislators they spoke with. We’ve picked 16 highlights from our 16th annual Park Advocacy Day, featured on our blog. 

 

Vote Yes on 68

Proposition 68, the result of last year’s legislative victory passing Senate Bill 5 (de León), offers voters the first natural resources bond passed by the California Legislature in 15 years. These bond funds are sorely needed to help increase park access and to preserve and protect the natural, cultural and historical resources in California’s state parks. 

California State Parks Foundation officially supports Proposition 68 and need your support to pass this bond. We are working with conservation nonprofits and community organizations to encourage local engagement and to ensure voters approve Proposition 68. With your support, our parks will benefit from critical repairs and improvements so that all Californians will be able to enjoy the natural resources and cultural treasures in our state parks.

You can join the campaign to pass Proposition 68 by…

Speaking up and telling your friends and family to support Proposition 68

Endorsing Proposition 68 by adding your voice to the many Californians that support Proposition 68 today. Sign this endorsement form online or download and return to advocacy@calparks.org.

Voting for Proposition 68 on the June 5th ballot! 

A vote for Proposition 68 is a vote for our parks! Click here to learn more about Proposition 68 on our website.  

 

Become a Park Champion for California state parks this May

Become a Park Champion for California state parks! Come volunteer with us and help your favorite parks across California, or discover a new park for the first time. There are so many ways to get involved, learn new skills and make new friends with fellow park enthusiasts! Here’s a sample of fun May projects:

  • Learn how to build a split rail fence at our first Park Champions workday at Asilomar State Beach. Split rail fences keep cars on the road, protecting pedestrians, animal habitat, and the park’s natural beauty.
  • Hop on the ferry to Angel Island State Park to improve landscaping around historic buildings at this unique San Francisco gem.  
  • Get a morning workout and clear the trails from overgrowth at Topanga State Park in Los Angeles. Did you know that Topanga State Park is the largest urban state park in the United States, and the largest open space preserve surrounded by a city in the world?
  • Pull out your camping gear and take a weekend road trip to Cuyamaca Rancho State Park and Palomar Mountain Historic Park in San Diego County. The parks are close enough together that you can go to both, and spend a weekend improving popular hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.
  • Thousands of visitors will enjoy Folsom State Recreation Area over Memorial Day weekend, and we’ve learned from experience that some will forget to leave no trace. Help with a giant park cleanup the very next day, and keep the park beautiful for visitors and a healthy home for animals.  

Visit our website to see a complete calendar of 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!

 

April Photo of the Month Winner

Congratulations to Paul Issacs, whose photo taken at Anza- Borrego Desert State Park is April’s Photo of the Month winner! 

Paul captured this photo of 2,000-year-old pictographs on the trail to the Vallecito overlook in Little Bear Valley during his first visit to Anza- Borrego Desert State Park this spring. He describes the pictographs as “an impressive example of the art that connects the past and present for everyone in this area. It’s stunning and inspirational to stand before them.” 

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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