July 2013 Parklands E-Newsletter

Discover a new park this summer by volunteering with Park Champions

Discover a new beach, mountain, trail, or historic park by volunteering with us this summer. Our volunteer teams would love your help with hands-on maintenance and habitat restoration projects across the state. The upcoming workday at Mount San Jacinto (July 13) includes FREE CAMPING on Friday and Saturday nights. Many of our summer projects are family friendly, too!

Please visit our website for a calendar of upcoming workdays and our Flickr page for examples of Park Champions in action! Hope to see you at a workday soon.

CSPF Awards New Round of Grants

We are pleased to award 16 new grants this week totaling $320,000 to several organizations that are working to support underfunded state parks in California. These Park Partnership Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that have entered into agreements with the California Department of Parks and Recreation to either operate or support operations of a particular state park.

See the grants we awarded.

This funding will go to support a variety of activities ranging from critical safety repairs at visitor centers and campgrounds, to the installation of automatic pay station machines to capture more revenues for our parks, to expanding new interpretive programming for park visitors.

Thank You for Attending Our Golden Poppy Gala!

Our Golden Poppy Awards Gala on June 8 at Will Rogers State Historic Park was a fabulous success. We had 350 guests join us to celebrate our state parks, and together we were able to raise over $450,000 to protect and advocate for our state parks!

We were pleased to present Golden Poppy Awards to our worthy honorees: Peter Mullin, the City of Oxnard, the County of Ventura, the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, and the Thomas J. Long Foundation for their work protecting our parks. Their efforts will allow us to provide critical support that our parks deserve.

See photos of the event in the photo gallery on our Facebook page!

Thank you to all those who joined us for an evening under the stars.

Smart Retirement Planning

Wondering whether you’ve appropriately planned for your retirement?

Review this checklist to make sure your retirement plan is on the right track.

Quick Way to Help – Review Us on Great Nonprofits

Can you spare a couple minutes to help our nonprofit reach our goals? Please write a review for us on our Great Nonprofit profile and we can become a top-rated nonprofit for 2013!

All you have to do is write a new, positive review (4 or 5 star) for CSPF. You can also write a new review if you have reviewed us before.

Get $2 Off The First 70 on DVD

One of our favorite state park films, The First 70, is available on DVD – and CSPF members can get a great discount! When you purchase the DVD from Cinemalibrestore.com, you will get $2 off the retail price -- plus $3 from each DVD purchased by our members will be donated back to CSPF thanks to the filmmakers Jarratt Moody, Lauren Valentino, and Cory Brown! To receive this discount you must enter the code CALPARKS when you check out.

Order the DVD online by July 30, 2013, to get $2 off.

Paint the Parks

Are you passionate about art and nature conservation? Paint the Parks is a great opportunity to participate in both.

Paint the Parks provides complimentary links to artists' websites, using pages that feature their parks paintings worldwide. Participating artists donate a minimum of 10% from the sale of their parks paintings to the respective state and national park associations, or a park-related program of their choice.

When patrons purchase from participating artists worldwide, in addition to owning beautiful original art, they also demonstrate a commitment to conserving these precious sanctuaries worldwide.

Visit painttheparks.com to join the quest to paint and preserve our parks.

Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photo contestant Donna Pagakis for winning the Photo of the Month for June! Donna’s photo, “The Lady Longboarder,” from Carlsbad State Beach depicts a surfer’s silhouette before a beautiful California sunset.

You could be the next winner of great prizes like a Lowepro camera bag, Chipotle Mexican Grill gift card, and a CSPF membership. To participate 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.

Travel Tips from Weekend Sherpa

Weekend Sherpa has launched its Adventure Challenge, which is a great reason to get out into state parks! You pick 3 adventures, submit photos of yourself doing them, and then get cool prizes.

Take the Northern California Adventure Challenge or the Southern California Adventure Challenge and get a free T-shirt, tote bag, $10 gift card from Sports Basement or Adventure 16, other cool swag, and the chance to win a free vacation! That’s right, make one of your adventures in Tahoe South or San Luis Obispo, official sponsors of the Adventure Challenge, and you’ll be automatically entered for a chance to win a dream vacation there!