June 2013 Parklands E-Newsletter

Don’t Miss our Golden Poppy Awards Gala this Saturday

Our Golden Poppy Awards Gala is this Saturday, June 8 at Will Rogers State Historic Park in Pacific Palisades ... and there is still time to buy your ticket!

The evening will be reminiscent of the 1920s, featuring vintage dress, great food and wine, music, and both live and silent auctions. We will also honor several extraordinary environmental leaders whose commitments have helped ensure that state parks continue to provide adventure, renewal and inspiration to all Californians.

We hope you will join us for this magical night to celebrate California’s state parks!

Visit our website to purchase tickets or for more information, or contact Martha Henderson at (415) 262-4404 or martha@calparks.org.

Legislative Update

In a positive move for state parks legislation, Assembly Bill (AB) 594 successfully passed out of the State Assembly and is now headed to the State Senate for consideration. AB 594 is the bill that allows for continued use of nonprofit operating agreements to operate state parks, and makes changes to existing law mandating closure of parks in times of budget troubles for DPR.

Some concerns had been raised by DPR about a portion of the bill that would require them to assess a variety of factors, especially economic impacts, before closing any parks. We amended the bill to clarify that DPR would need to do such assessments using data, information and statistics that DPR already has, and any other existing data, information and statistics that are readily available to DPR. These amendments allowed the bill to advance out of the Assembly Appropriations Committee on May 24 and the bill passed unanimously off the Assembly Floor on May 29.

The next step will be for the bill to be heard in the Senate Natural Resources & Water Committee. Keep an eye out for opportunities to help us support for this bill.

Volunteer with the Park Champions Program

Park Champions is gearing up for summer and our volunteer teams want your help keeping our state parks beautiful and in tip-top shape! We were thrilled with the response to our first Native Plant and Habitat Restoration Crew Leader Training at Rio de Los Angeles State Park last month. Future Crew Leaders traveled from as far as Riverside and San Diego to attend. We are planning new Habitat Restoration Crew Leader Trainings at Palomar Mountain State Park and Silver Strand State Beach this summer. Future trainings are also being considered for Northern California parks. Please e-mail phoebe@calparks.org for updates.

For our volunteers, we are introducing two new parks to the program! Our first-ever workday at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park (June 6) will focus on removing non-native plants in a new native plant garden, and finishing construction of a split-rail fence. Our first-ever project at MacKerricher State Park (June 15 and 16) will focus on repairing the boardwalk on Lake Cleone. FREE CAMPING is available for pre-registered volunteers on Friday and Saturday.

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

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Get The First 70 on DVD

You’ve heard us talk about this film before (because we love it), but now the award-winning documentary The First 70 is finally available on DVD with great bonus features! The new DVD has lots of cool extras, including behind the scenes, cutting room floor, photo gallery, and a special download from CSPF.

And there’s a special offer available for our members ... when you purchase the DVD from Cinemalibrestore.com, you will get $2 off the retail price ($16.95) 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 and their distribution company, Cinema Libre Studio! To receive this discount you must enter the code: CALPARKS when prompted
during the check out process.

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

About The First 70
When they learned about state park closures in 2011, three young filmmakers
set out to visit the 70 parks that were set to close. Along the 3,000
mile trek, they capture both the majesty of the state’s parks and the
outrage of local community members, park rangers and environmental activists
who were confounded by the state’s financial logic, yet determined to keep
these wondrous expanses of beauty open to the public.
The First 70 is an awe-inspiring journey through California’s historic and
natural treasures that highlights the ongoing fight to keep them open for
future generations.

See a Summer Show in a State Park

This summer offers many opportunities to see top-notch entertainment in a state park near you!

The Sound of Music
June 8, 9 and 16 @ Mount Tamalpais State Park

There is still time to catch The Sound of Music at Mt. Tamalpais’ Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre. The last shows of the season are June 8, 9 and 16.

Tickets range from $15-$40 General Admission. Children 3 and under are FREE. Patrons are encouraged to carpool, take the FREE shuttle buses from Mill Valley, hike or bike to the venue as parking is limited.

Mountain Play Association has also self-published a new book for their 100th anniversary, “Marin's Mountain Play - One Hundred Years of Theatre on Mount Tamalpais,” describing the theatre’s lively history with historic photos accompanied by the delightful and dramatic stories of the people behind the plays.


Tam Jam
Saturday, June 22 @ Mount Tamalpais State Park

A benefit for the mountain featuring Galactic, Cake, and Taj Mahal Trio rocking out in Mountain Theater.


Broadway Under the Stars
June 28 – August 31 @ Jack London State Historic Park

Enjoy the magic and thrill of "Broadway Under the Stars in Jack London State Park," an award-winning series of concerts featuring established Broadway and Hollywood performers in the breathtaking open-air winery ruins of Sonoma's Jack London State Historic Park. $5 on every ticket goes directly to supporting the park.

The concerts run all summer, from June 28 through August 31. Each evening begins with pre-show live music and picnicking on the great lawn of the park (with top Sonoma Valley wineries pouring and food and wine available for purchase), and concludes with an evening of inspirational entertainment.

Special $5 discount for park employees, supporters and friends with this code: PARKS.


Renegade Craft Fair
July 20 & 21 @Los Angeles State Historic Park

A curated indie-craft marketplace showcasing the best contemporary craft and design.

Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photo contestant Steve Zmak for winning the Photo of the Month for May! Steve’s photo “Watch that Wave” from Fort Ord Dunes State Park captured a seagull dodging a big wave from his perch on a rock. Click here to see a larger version of Steve's photograph.

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

Torrey Pines’ gorgeous coastline rivals some of California’s most rugged and remote stretches, making it hard to believe that it’s located just miles from downtown San Diego. See its most dramatic scenery in Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve (and score a little beach time at nearby Torrey Pines State Beach) by setting out on a 2.25-mile loop to marquee overlooks at Razor Point and Yucca Point. Venture down a sage-covered bluff dotted with Torrey pines—the rarest pine tree in North America. The viewpoints offer postcard-perfect perspectives of striated sandstone cliffs that seem to melt into the Pacific. Take Beach Trail down a canyon that leads to a sandy strip between the waves and the cliffs. Walk north up the beach to spot rainbow-colored bands in the orange cliffs above, or venture to a more secluded beach by following a surprise path cut into the bluff above Flat Rock.

Weekend Sherpa shares the best tips for visiting Torrey Pines here. Check it out!