We advocate for pro-park bills through direct lobbying and grassroots efforts. In 2015, we supported bills that increased overnight accommodations in parks, supported partnerships between DPR and nonprofits, and continued the prevailing wage exemption for volunteers. We are currently developing our policy agenda for 2016. More info.
Through our Technical Assistance Center, we provide free expert assistance and resources to park partners, including communications planning, organizational development, board development, fundraising, and more so they can better support our parks. More info. Photo by Cyndy Shafer
Each year we award grants to parks and park partners to fund things like environmental educational programs and school field trips, park improvements and restoration projects, facility upgrades, and more. More info.
Our volunteers did amazing work in 2015. On Earth Day in April, 1,673 volunteers worked at parks throughout the state, planting native plants, collecting trash, installing fences, restoring trails, and more. And throughout the year, 1,137 Park Champions volunteers worked 2,184 shifts at 160 training days and workdays in 32 parks across the state. More info.
We work on select projects to directly develop, improve or restore parks that need extra help. We saw the impact of our ongoing work restoring the wetlands at Yosemite Slough in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in 2015 when the first American avocets returned to the area and nested on the bird island we created. More info. Photo by Teri Lenfest
We cultivate stewardship of state parks by hosting and funding a range of volunteer and educational programs aimed to support state parks.
We give direct support to state parks by offering a series of competitive grants to state park units, qualified nonprofits, government entities, and partners of state parks.
We serve as the independent voice for state parks by advocating for sound policies for state parks, including deferred maintenance support and adequate funding for parks.