October 2013 Parklands E-Newsletter

Live from Our Hidden Stories Conference

Conference attendees enjoy a mural tour led by Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles Wednesday. Photo by Sofia Radin.

Our Hidden Stories Conference is well into its second day in Los Angeles! Attendees are enjoying interesting speaker panels, walking tours of murals and landmarks, and group discussions about the hidden stories of Latinos in California history.

For live updates today, follow @CalParks and #HiddenStories on Twitter.

A big thank you to our conference sponsors Southern California Gas Company, Wells Fargo, Danny and Myrna Villanueva of the Villanueva Companies, the Hoefer Family Foundation, Fiesta de Reyes, Chef Merito, and Anchor Brewing Company.

Share Your Opinions about State Parks at a Public Workshop

We want to make sure you know about an opportunity to share your insights and ideas to help shape the future of California’s state parks. The Parks Forward Initiative, in conjunction with the State Park and Recreation Commission, is hosting a series of public workshops throughout the state. We encourage you to go to the workshop nearest you and share your opinions about state parks!

If you aren’t able to attend a meeting, The Parks Forward Initiative is also accepting online comments that can be submitted through its website.

For more information on the public workshops, how you can submit comments online, and to learn more about the Parks Forward Initiative, please visit parksforward.com.

CSPF Awards New Round of Grants

CSPF’s Discretionary Grants Committee met September 11 and awarded 10 grants totaling $49,743 to benefit a number of California’s state parks. The organizations that received grants include:

  • Anza-Borrego Foundation, $6,000 to support an expanded outreach campaign to increase visitation to the park, participation in park programs and activities, and park stewardship.
  • Benicia State Parks Association, $800 to support a Volunteer Appreciation Event.
  • California State Railroad Museum Foundation, $5,000 to support upgrades and enhancements to its website to increase park visitorship and engagement in park programs, activities, and stewardship.
  • Coastside State Parks Association, $5,000 to expand and repair the boardwalk at Año Nuevo State Park to make the park and viewing of the elephant seals more accessible to all visitors.
  • Literacy for Environmental Justice, $10,000 for its Candlestick Eco-Stewards Project, which involves youth and the community in park improvement and stewardship projects.
  • Mendocino Area Parks Association, $6,600 for the repair and restoration of the Lake Cleone Boardwalk at MacKerricher State Park.
  • Orange County Coastkeeper, $7,400 to support a restoration, conservation and monitoring program of green abalone along the southern California coast.
  • Plumas-Eureka State Parks Association, $1,943 for a Docent Appreciation Dinner.
  • Sonoma/Petaluma State Parks Association, $1,000 for a Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
  • Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, $6,000 to support its Volunteer/Naturalist Interpretive Educational Programs.

The next round of Discretionary Grant proposals is due January 10 with decisions by February 14.

Candlestick Restoration Wins Award

We are excited to announce that CSPF was selected 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 is given out by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and will be presented at their 11th Biennial State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference, October 29-30, 2013 in Oakland. We are one of five organizations receiving an award at the conference.

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

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

October is a Great Time to Volunteer

Make a difference and help improve your favorite state parks by volunteering with Park Champions this October. Join one of our volunteer teams to improve trails at Mount San Jacinto, repair the boardwalk at MacKerricher, plant a new garden at Henry Cowell Redwoods, improve the lifeguard headquarters at San Buenaventura, build a split rail fence at Palomar Mountain, or restore habitat at Jack London, Candlestick Point, Baldwin Hills, or Silver Strand.

Visit our website to see a map of upcoming projects at parks near you and our Flickr page for examples of Park Champions in action! Mount San Jacinto and MacKerricher are offering their last camping weekends until spring. Sign up today!

Travel the World with CSPF

CSPF is proud to offer world tours through our partnership with Heritage Travel. Find a list of the new 2014 tours on our website. Trips include a cruise through the villages of Dordogne, an Amazon River expedition, and more! When booking mention CSPF to get a free travel kit and to ensure that a portion of the trip proceeds is donated to CSPF!

Act Now for Special 2013 Tax Savings

Don’t forget to take advantage of the IRA Charitable Rollover tax break due to expire on December 31 of this year.

Find out more on our website.

Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photo contestant Mike Ryan for winning the Photo of the Month for September! Mike’s photo, “Light Show,” from Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park captures gorgeous sunlight shining through majestic redwoods.

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

It may be October already, but you can enjoy endless summer nights with some nice beach bonfires at state parks like Point Mugu State Park, Corona del Mar State Beach, or Dockweiler Beach.

Find out more at WeekendSherpa.com.