November 2013 Parklands E-Newsletter

Top left: attendees on a mural walking tour; bottom left: panelists;
middle: Ric Salinas performs; top right: panelists; bottom right: attendees enjoy dinner.

Successful Hidden Stories Conference in Los Angeles

Our third Hidden Stories conference at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles on October 2 and 3 was a success! The conference, “Folding Back the Layers of California’s Latino History: The Stories Beneath the Stories,” explored Latino/a history in the context of California’s state parks.

The first day kicked off with a panel discussion of “Narradoros de California (Narrators of California): Women and their Families in Historic Communities,” which offered an informative glimpse into California’s past and women’s role in the family and the community beyond. After an engrossing keynote address from National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Senior Vice President of Historic Sites Estevan Rael-Gálvez, conference attendees split off into six walking tours throughout Los Angeles. After the tours, more fun and entertainment awaited conference attendees at the festive dinner held at the LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, featuring Ric Salinas of Culture Clash and the musical group Ollin. Ric Salinas then mesmerized the audience with a simultaneously funny and moving performance of excerpts from Culture Clash’s famous play, “Chavez Ravine.” Ollin accompanied his performance and continued to play into the night, resulting in the first Hidden Stories conference dance party!

The second day of the conference included two panel discussions: “¿Quiere ser mi Vecino? (Do You Want to Be My Neighbor?): Parks and the Evolution of Historic Latino Neighborhoods,” and “Etnicidad, Identidad y Lugar (Ethnicity, Identity and Place): California’s Historic Latino Population.” At lunch, CSPF President Elizabeth Goldstein made a thoughtful keynote address, after which attendees, speakers and panelists broke into brainstorming sessions to discuss issues related to media, parks and outreach, education and interpretation, and historic preservation, led by experts in their respective fields. The day ended with a speech by DPR Director Major General Anthony Jackson, USMC (Ret.), who gave a thorough and engaging presentation about the current state of the parks system and the importance of partnerships in moving forward.

Thanks to each and every one of the 135 attendees and all who participated and helped make it a success. And major thanks to our generous sponsors, the Southern California Gas Company, Wells Fargo, Danny and Myrna Villanueva and the Villanueva Companies, the Hoefer Family Foundation, and Fiesta de Reyes. We’d also like to thank our in-kind sponsors, Anchor Brewing and Chef Merito.

To view more photos or to listen to the keynote addresses, visit our Hidden Stories webpage.

CSPF Accepts Awards for Candlestick Restoration

We were honored to receive a Friends of the San Francisco Estuary – Outstanding Environmental Project CCMP Award for the Yosemite Slough Wetlands Restoration Project at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. The award was given by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership at their 11th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference on October 30 in Oakland. We were one of five organizations to receive an award at the conference. CSPF Board Trustee Peter Weiner accepted the award on behalf of CSPF.

The San Francisco Estuary Partnership is a coalition of resource agencies, nonprofits, citizens and scientists working to protect, restore, and enhance water quality, and fish and wildlife habitats in and around the San Francisco Bay Delta Estuary.

Thank you to the San Francisco Estuary Partnership for this honor!

Holiday Shopping with a Purpose

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Holiday gift giving is a time-honored tradition. This year, consider gifts that give twice … once to your loved one and once to your state parks. Shop in our online store and feel good knowing that proceeds go to support our work for state parks.

Featured Product
Our featured product for November is Mission Mills Olive Oil. This limited edition oil was pressed from olives at the Santa Ines Mission Mills to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, which operates El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park. We are only selling this delicious oil for a limited time, so order today before we run out.

2014 Calendar
Our new, limited edition 2014 state parks calendar is now available. The "Our Parks" calendar features photos from state parks across California submitted to our photo contest throughout the year. This unique calendar is sure to capture attention all year long. And shipping is free!

Visit our online store today.

Give Thanks by Volunteering

Give thanks for state parks by volunteering with Park Champions this fall. Join one of our volunteer teams to improve vital habitat at Candlestick Point (San Francisco), Half Moon Bay (San Mateo), or Silver Strand (Ventura), repair trails at Chino Hills (San Bernardino) or Jack London (Sonoma), install an irrigation system at Salton Sea (Imperial), or maintain historic monuments at Colonel Allensworth (Tulare).

Visit our website to see a map of upcoming projects at parks near you and our Flickr page to see photos of Park Champions in action! Salton Sea and Colonel Allensworth are offering FREE CAMPING to pre-registered volunteers. Sign up today!

Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photo contestant Donna Pagakis for winning the Photo of the Month for October! Donna’s photo, “Terns at Sunset,” from San Elijo State Beach captures some adorable terns under an amazing light-streaked sky.

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 our 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

This weekend, take a fall hike through crisp autumn atmosphere with panoramic views over the Santa Monica Mountains in Malibu Creek State Park. The trailhead is located on the north side of Mulholland Hwy., 1.9 miles west of Las Virgenes Rd. near the main entrance to Malibu Creek State Park.

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