September 2013 Parklands E-Newsletter

A Word From Our President

This time of year always comes for me with a little regret for the passing of summer and a little excitement for the coming of fall. I am sure this is left over from my student days of new backpacks and outfits for school.

The year is 2013 and I am considerably older, and have fewer cool backpacks. However, I am still excited about the onset of the coming months. The Parks Forward Commission is gathering itself for significant work this fall and next spring. Their ambitious goal is to have a draft report by April 2014 and a final report in late 2014. I have been impressed by the thoughtfulness of the discussions I have had with Parks Forward Commission members and staff. They are working hard to understand what has already been studied and assessed so their work will build on the efforts of others.

The public outreach process is beginning through State Parks and Recreation Commission workshops that kick off next week on September 10 in Santa Cruz. There will be ten workshops in all from Eureka to San Diego. Not all the dates and locations have been finalized yet, but you can keep yourself apprised by going to the Parks Forward website too see the schedule.

We will certainly keep you posted as we follow the Parks Forward Commission’s work. In the meantime, I hope you can use whatever backpacks you have to explore a wonderful state park near you this month. Thanks for all your support.

Elizabeth Goldstein
President, CSPF

Early Bird Tickets Now Available

Sign up now for CSPF’s third Hidden Stories Series conference, Folding Back the Layers of California’s Latino/a History: The Stories Beneath the Stories, at the California Endowment in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday, October 2 and 3, 2013.

Early bird price of $109 now available! Regular-priced tickets go up to $139 on September 11. Dinner tickets are an additional $50. First come, first served – tickets are limited.

This year’s conference is expanded to two days and includes guided tours of local parks and historical areas, and lunch with keynote speakers Estevan Rael-Gálvez of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and CSPF’s Elizabeth Goldstein. A celebratory dinner at LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes closes out the first day, featuring Ric Salinas of Culture Clash.

The 2013 Hidden Stories conference will explore Latino history in the context of California’s state parks. Many state parks ably include interpretation of the contributions of historical Latino figures and the context of the time and place. This conference seeks to go beyond existing interpretation to look at “the stories beneath the stories” of this important historical group. CSPF is excited to present three panels discussing the valuable contributions Latinos have made to California:

  • Narradoras de California (Narrators of California): Women and Their Families in Historic Communities
  • Quiere Ser mi Vecino (Do You Want To Be My Neighbor): Parks and the Evolution of Historic Latino Neighborhoods
  • Etnicidad, Identidad y Lugar (Ethnicity, Identity and Place): California's Historic Latino Population

Don’t miss the exciting history tours slated for Wednesday, including:

  • Los Angeles State Historic Park walking tour
  • The Los Angeles Mural Conservancy walking tour
  • Olvera Street & El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument walking tour
  • Campo de Cahuenga in North Hollywood
  • Pío Pico State Historic Park in Whittier
  • The Homestead Museum in City of Industry

Visit to get your early bird tickets! Please share with your friends and colleagues.

Conference sponsored in part by Southern California Gas Company, Danny and Myrna Villanueva of the Villanueva Companies, the Hoefer Family Foundation, Fiesta de Reyes, and Anchor Brewing Company.

September's feature product is our durable canvas tote bag. Go green with this 100% cotton bag in fun colors like Java and Khaki. Perfect for everyday shopping or your next picnic! PLUS get a free recyclable notebook and pen comes with all orders over $50 in September. Log on now and start shopping!

Volunteer with Park Champions

Learn more about California’s natural ecosystems, restore a historic orchard, embark on a two-day backpacking adventure, or camp by the seaside with Park Champions this fall! We need volunteers for a wide variety of projects at parks across the state. Highlights include: planting native seedlings at Candlestick Point (San Francisco), improving hiking trails at Salt Point (Sonoma) with FREE CAMPING, or hiking up Mount San Jacinto (Riverside) for two days of camping and much needed trail repair. Many projects are family friendly, and tools, training, snacks, and smiles are provided.

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.

Travel the World with CSPF

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

6 Easy Steps to Creating or Updating Your Estate Plan

The process of creating or updating your estate plan can seem overwhelming. But when you think about it as a number of small steps, the task becomes quite manageable. And it’s so very important. A good and up-to-date plan puts you in control the financial future for you and your family.

Here are six easy steps to put you on the right path.

Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photo contestant Della Huff for winning the Photo of the Month for August! Della’s photo, “On a Bed of California Stars,” from Mt. Tamalpais State Park depicts a most beautiful starry 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 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

Peanut butter and jelly, wine and cheese, Mendocino and bluff-side strolls… yep, it’s pretty much mandatory to pair your visit with a hike along Mendo’s marquee bluffs. Surrounding the town on three sides is Mendocino Headlands State Park.

Get more details at

Adventure Challenge
Time is running out to take Weekend Sherpa's Northern California Adventure Challenge or Southern California Adventure Challenge. It’s easy … you just pick 3 adventures from their website, submit photos of yourself doing them before September 12, and then get cool prizes. Get started today!