First-time camping at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
“Last weekend I took my kids camping at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. NBD, right? Well, to say I am a city girl is a huge understatement.” Our partnerships manager Gabrielle Ohayon recently embarked on her first ever camping trip, and shared the experience and the lessons it taught her on our blog. Along with her husband, two children and a few friends, they spent the night at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, which Gabrielle has worked closely with during her time at California State Parks Foundation. Read her full story on our blog!
Leading up to the last day for Governor Jerry Brown to sign or veto bills passed by the State Legislature, clear legislative champions emerged pushing for parks all the way to the September 30 deadline. Yet, the majority of park bills were vetoed by the Governor. As we look ahead and set our policy agenda for 2019, we will build on the groundwork laid this past session.
Two especially important bills were vetoed – Assembly Bill 2534 (Limón) and Assembly Bill 2614 (Carrillo). These significant bills would have given more of California’s youth the opportunity to have enriching, meaningful experiences in the outdoors, and fostered them as the future generation of empowered park stewards. Even though the life of these bills ended, the need for the policy is stronger than ever. Our work to increase access to state parks, especially for disadvantaged youth, and realize the full benefits the outdoors offers remains a priority.
With new and longtime legislative champions along with the proven commitment of Californians who passed Proposition 68, we know there’s a deep appreciation for and dedication to our parks. As we near the election of a new governor and a new legislative session, we invite you to continue to make your voice heard on important issues.
Learn more about other parks legislation.
Share your favorite 2018 state park memory
From beautiful scenery to endless activities, California state parks offer so many opportunities to make memories! What is your favorite California state park memory so far in 2018?
We want to feature your memories in our winter Parklands newsletter! Tag @calparks on Twitter and Instagram, comment on our Facebook post or email firstname.lastname@example.org to share memories and stories (photos encouraged!), and we may include it in the newsletter.
2017-18 Annual Report
Our 2017-2018 annual report edition of Parklands is now available online. In it, we share stories that highlight some of the successes, achievements and highlights in increasing access, equity and excellence in our state parks that your support has made possible!
With your support, together we:
- Engaged 4,907 volunteers, like Jenée who talks about the importance of volunteering with her daughter Grace on page 8
- Hosted 192 Park Champions workdays at 43 state parks including workdays lead by our partners at Literacy for Environmental Justice at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area featured on page 6
- Awarded $187,927 in 15 grants to youth education and access programs, like Outdoor Outreach’s Adventure Club who visited Chino Hills State Park for the first time featured on page 4
- Rallied 4,167 action alert response asking legislators to increase access to parks and protect public land through legislation highlighted on page 10
- And more!
When you love, visit and support our state parks, you make a difference. You made so much possible over the past year, and we’re even more excited about what’s to come. Read more about these results, and many others, in our 2017-18 Annual Report. Thank you again for all that you do to care for the parks we love.
September Photo of the Month Winner
Congratulations to Glenn Hightree, whose photo taken at Morro Strands State Beach is September’s Photo of the Month winner!
Morro Strand State Beach is Glenn’s go to photo op location, but he loves all California state parks and believes “our parks are an important part of our state, so I am a proponent of keeping them healthy and protected.”
You could be our next winner! Join our My California State ParksFlickr 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!