May 2013 Parklands E-Newsletter

A Word From Our President

The weather across California this week has been incredibly beautiful. The sunshine is drawing people outdoors, particularly in the Bay Area where these sunny days are harder to come by. I hope as we near the weekend that you can find time to get out to your favorite local state park and enjoy it. This is as good as California gets, and we shouldn’t let it pass by without soaking it up a little and remembering why we love it here so much.

Another great way to enjoy the perfect weather this weekend is to get out and volunteer in a state park. We have three volunteer days scheduled this weekend: Olompali, Fort Ross and Jack London. Park Champions is our ongoing volunteer program that is growing rapidly thanks to the great support from volunteers like you. We have several volunteer dates each month, so be sure to check the calendar and sign up for a workday soon.

And while you’re looking at your calendar, why not add our Golden Poppy Awards Gala to your schedule on Saturday, June 8? We would love to have you join us at our favorite fundraiser of the year. Find more information below or on our website.

See you in the parks!

Elizabeth Goldstein
President, CSPF

Party in the Park

Stardust Soirée - the 2013 Golden Poppy Awards Gala
June 8, 2013 – Will Rogers State Historic Park

Our Golden Poppy Awards Gala on June 8 is approaching quickly! We hope you’ll join us for an elegant evening under the stars honoring some extraordinary parks heroes at Will Rogers State Historic Park. The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception, tours of Will Rogers’ home, and a silent auction, then continue with dinner by the wonderful Patina Group.

A portion of each ticket sold is tax-deductible and all proceeds help fund CSPF’s important policy work, public education and grants to improve parks.

To purchase tickets, please visit our website or contact Allison See, Special Events Coordinator, at or 415-262-4409.

Earth Day Results Are In!

Environmental Improvements Completed at 24 Parks

Dedicated state park volunteers toiled in the soil on April 13, helping make long-overdue repairs and improvements during our 16th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by PG&E.

This year, 2,573 volunteers planted 1,856 native plants and trees, removed more than 500 bags of trash and recyclables, made improvements to 57 campsites and removed thousands of non-native plants from parklands. Mt. Diablo State Park and Millerton Lake State Recreation Area both have new split rail fencing; Malibu Creek State Park and Picacho State Recreation Area have new ramadas; Forest of Nisene Marks State Park has new seasonal bridges; and miles of trails are now ready for the busy summer season, courtesy of the hard work of participants ranging from age 12 to seniors. These projects simply would not have been possible without all of our incredible volunteers' support and hard labor. See photos and additional results information on our website.

Special thanks go to our presenting sponsor Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Edison International, Chevron, Oracle, Southern California Gas Company and Virgin America, and our in-kind donors Chipotle Mexican Grill, KIND Healthy Snacks, Peet's Coffee and Tea, Starbucks Coffee and Noah's Bagels. Thank you for making Earth Day 2013 a resounding success!

Volunteer with the Park Champions Program

CSPF is introducing two new parks to the Park Champions family! This weekend we will hold our first volunteer workdays at Fort Ross State Historic Park (with FREE camping) and Jack London State Historic Park. Come join the fun at parks across the state and help us clear trails, restore habitat, clean campgrounds, and maintain a historic orchard.

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.

Support Parks by Shopping in Our New Store

Our newly-remodeled online store launched with great success on April 1. Be sure to take a look at all our new merchandise and outdoor items.

May Spotlight
Our featured item of the month is our Columbia Fleece Jacket. Available in a wide range of colors for men and women, this heavy fleece jacket is the perfect way to show off your support for CSPF.

CSPF members receive 5% off store purchases. If you aren’t a member, you can join today and immediately get the 5% discount.

So check out our new store today and feel good about shopping!

Apply for a Grant to Help Support a Park

CSPF is pleased to announce a new round of Park Partnership Grants to assist those organizations that have entered into either an operating or donor agreement with DPR on behalf of a state park. This is a competitive grants program, with priority given to organizations with operating agreements working in a park that was on DPR’s May 2011 closure list. Grant funding is intended to help fill a gap between revenues (earned income plus contributed funds) and expenses to move an organization closer to meeting a park’s budgetary needs.

Proposals are due to CSPF by May 24, 2013. Grant awards will be announced July 1.

Information on Park Partnership Grants, the eligibility criteria and how to apply can be accessed on our website.

Giving to CSPF

Wondering if the new tax laws affect you?

Our complimentary planning guide can help.

See a Show in a State Park

This summer you have ample opportunity to see top-notch entertainment in a state park near you!

The Sound of Music
May 19 – June 16 @ Mount Tamalpais State Park

If you haven't seen a play in the Mt. Tamalpais natural Cushing Memorial Amphitheatre before, be sure to try it this summer. To celebrate their 100th anniversary this May, Mountain Play Association is putting on The Sound of Music May 19 through June 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 the 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 Rick Whitacre for winning the Photo of the Month for April! Rick’s photo “Milky Way and Sea Stacks” from Garrapata State Park is stunning. Click here to see a larger version of Rick'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 and be sure to check off “California State Parks Foundation” next to Join Partner Contests.

Travel Tips from Weekend Sherpa

Where do you go for a great hike? Why, the best trailhead in the Bay Area! Mount Tam’s Pantoll has miles of superb trails in all directions. Here are three Pantoll pleasures to enjoy this spring.

Weekend Sherpa has the best trails on Mount Tam here. Check it out!