All Californians should have access to the positive impacts parks have on health, happiness and quality of life - but not everyone does. At the heart of our work, California State Parks Foundation advocates for an excellent state parks system – one that provides equitable access for all Californians to experience its beauty and benefits.
Our Parks, Our Future embodies the belief that youth, now and for generations to come, hold within them the future of our California state parks.
We believe in the transformative power of experiences in parks – that if youth are exposed to state parks, engaged in meaningful outdoor experiences and empowered to use their voices, they will become the next generation of committed park stewards.
Use your voice for Our Parks, Our Future by:
CSPF is committed to increasing youth access and exposure to state parks so that every Californian has opportunities to experience nature and its benefits. That is why we are currently focusing our grantmaking strategy on increasing youth access to state parks. Learn more about our grantmaking strategy and our current grant round.
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.