March 2014 Parklands E-Newsletter

Register for Park Advocacy Day 2014

There are only a few days left to register for CSPF’s 12th Annual Park Advocacy Day!

Please join us on Tuesday, May 6 as we gather at the State Capitol to spend the day lobbying policymakers in support of state parks. This is an important and fun event that allows park supporters to meet directly with legislators and legislative staff to discuss policy issues impacting the state parks system.

Register online before March 17. We hope to see you in Sacramento on May 6!

CSPF Awards New Round of Grants

CSPF is happy to announce that we have awarded twenty nine new discretionary grants! CSPF offers discretionary grants through a competitive process three times a year to benefit California’s state parks. Discretionary grants support four of CSPF’s core areas of interest: Volunteer Efforts and Recognition, Education and Interpretation, Natural and Cultural Resource Protection, and Capacity-Building.

See the full list of grant awardees.

Mini Documentary Shows Success of Summer Program

Find out why getting kids into state parks during the summer months is so important.

Volunteer Opportunities in a Park Near You

Keep your favorite parks green and clean by volunteering with Park Champions this March.

Spring is just around the corner. Help parks get ready by opening the campground at Salt Point (Sonoma), Palomar Mountain (San Diego), or Portola Redwoods (San Mateo), repairing the boardwalk at MacKerricher (Mendocino), improving habitat for the birds and the bees at Silver Strand Beach (San Diego), Half Moon Bay (San Mateo), or Jack London (Sonoma), repairing fences at Mount Diablo (Contra Costa), building trails at Chino Hills (San Bernardino), or general park maintenance at Candlestick Point (San Francisco). Workdays at Salt Point and MacKerricher include free camping!

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.

California State Parks are Great Places to …

Thank you to all who have contributed photos and stories to our “California State Parks are Great Places to …” campaign so far. Keep the photos coming! There are so many great things we can do in state parks, and we want to highlight them all.

Share your own “Great Places” experience by adding your photos to our “California’s state parks are great places to ..." photo collection. Your photos may become part of our display in front of the State Capitol as part of our Annual Park Advocacy Day and will help us convey to policymakers why state parks are worth protecting.

New Member Benefits Get You to the Parks You Love

Everyone explores our 280 state parks differently, and now you can find a park pass that fits your style with our new membership benefit levels.

New passes include:
California Park Experience Pass
150 Years Commemorative Pass
Historian Passport
Surf Explorer Pass

See a full list of the new membership levels, and which parks accept each pass, here.

Study Reveals Most Americans Care About Environment

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) commissioned a groundbreaking national study to measure environmental behavior and attitudes. The results provide NEEF a baseline for its vision that by 2022, 300 million Americans actively use environmental knowledge to ensure the well-being of the earth and its people.

Survey highlights include:

  • Six out of ten American adults take some sort of action when learning about the environmental issues facing the world.
  • 61% of adults visited a park or nature center in the last 12 months.
  • 52% of adults consider zoos, nature centers and parks as trustworthy sources of information for environmental problems and issues.
  • 77% of adults turn the lights off when leaving a room.
  • 9% of adults compost.
  • 59% of adults consider an environmentally conscious lifestyle a lot of work.

The research surveyed 1,500 individuals between 18 and 74 years of age with demographics in balance with the U.S. Census.

Find out more information about NEEF and this survey.

5 Reasons to Create or Review Your Estate Plan

Planning documents put in place years ago may no longer reflect who you are, what you care about or the assets you have today.

Here are 5 reasons why.

Photo of the Month

Congratulations to photo contestant Amy Stephenson for winning the Photo of the Month for February! Amy’s photo, “Solo Flight,” from Garrapata State Park captured a single bird over a powerful wave.

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

Montaña de Oro means “Mountain of Gold” (for the spectacular golden wildflowers that bloom here in spring), but it’s actually the Pacific-hugging bluffs and utterly pristine coastline that make this state park a standout. It’s one of the best places to find solitude, secluded sands, wild waves, tranquil tide pools, and a picnic spot worthy of a proposal. Take in the beauty on the 4-mile (out-and-back) Bluff Trail, a wide, well-maintained dirt trail paralleling the temperamental Pacific.

Find out more at Weekend Sherpa.