What is Park Advocacy Day? During CSPF’s annual Park Advocacy Day, park supporters from throughout California spend an entire day meeting with legislators and legislative staff, urging elected officials to take action to protect and support California’s 280 state parks.
Who can participate? Park Advocacy Day is open to everyone who wants to protect, enhance and support state parks. That means you! The only requirement is that you register, pay a $25 registration fee, and participate in one of our webinar training sessions prior to the event. Please note that space for this event is limited.
How much does it cost to participate? A $25 nonrefundable registration fee is collected from each participant during registration. The registration fee covers materials supplied by CSPF for all Park Advocacy Day registrants.
What happens during Park Advocacy Day? Park Advocacy Day begins with participant check-in starting at 8:00 a.m. During the check-in process, participants will receive their team assignments, schedule for the day and meet their team leader. Each team is typically made up of a group of 3-6 people who will spend the day together going on scheduled lobby visits with legislators and legislative staff. During Park Advocacy Day we typically have around 30 teams, with each team meeting with 4-6 policymakers throughout the course of the day.
Following check-in, participants will gather for the general session, where they will hear from invited speakers and from CSPF staff for an overview of talking points and logistics.
Your team appointments with policymakers will begin immediately after lunch. Each team will be scheduled for 4-6 meetings with policymakers throughout the day. Meetings are typically 15-20 minutes long and prove enough time for your team to cover all of your talking points.
Who will I meet with? As a participant attending lobby visits, you and your teammates will have appointments with legislative offices where you will meet with members of the California State Assembly and Senate, as well as members of their staff.
Will I go on lobby visits by myself? No, participants attend lobby visits with teams of approximately 4-6 people. Each team also has a pre-assigned Team Leader, who has previously participated in Park Advocacy Day and has received additional training on talking points.
How do I learn about issues before participating in Park Advocacy Day? Once you have registered for Park Advocacy Day, you will receive material by email to help you prepare for the event. To help make sure that participants are prepared for Park Advocacy Day, we require that each participant attends one of our training Webinars, where we will review the many issues affecting state parks and provide you with an opportunity to ask questions about these issues prior to Park Advocacy Day.
There will be several webinars held in advance of Park Advocacy Day. Participants will receive more information via email after registering for Park Advocacy Day.