What is Park Advocacy Day? During CSPF’s annual Park Advocacy Day, park advocates from throughout California spend an entire day hearing from elected officials, participating in trainings on how to be effective advocates and meeting with legislators and policy staff on behalf of important park issues.
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 $10 refundable registration fee to hold your space at the event, 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 $10 refundable registration fee is collected from each participant during registration. If you attend the event or if you unable to join the event and cancel 30 days prior, the $10 will be refunded. If you cancel less than 30 days prior to the event, the $10 fee will not be refunded. The registration fee covers materials for all Park Advocacy Day registrants.
What happens during Park Advocacy Day? Park Advocacy Day begins with participant check-in starting at 8:30am. During the check-in process, participants will receive a schedule for the day. If going on legislative meetings, their legislative appointments and meet their team leader. 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. Followed by a luncheon, with legislative meetings and advocacy trainings in the afternoon.
If you are going on legislative meetings, your team appointments with policymakers will begin immediately after lunch. Each team will be scheduled for 4-6 meetings with policymakers. Meetings are typically 15-20 minutes long and prove enough time for your team to cover all of your talking points. If you are not attending legislative meetings, other afternoon sessions will take place.
Who will I meet with on legislative meetings? 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 the 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 and we require that each participant attends one of our training webinars that reviews the many issues affecting state parks, provides you with an opportunity to ask questions about these issues prior to Park Advocacy Day, and tools on how to be an effective advocate.