Last week, we celebrated our annual Park Advocacy Day in Sacramento. It was an amazing outpouring of love for state parks, and we left feeling energized and inspired by everyone who came.
If you weren’t able to join us in person, we thought we’d share a few highlights:
We met with 111 legislative offices and hosted nearly 140 park advocates
Advocates walked the halls of the State Capitol to meet with legislators and drive awareness of park-related issues. The day was filled with inspiring perspectives and everyone had a unique park story to share. When we come together as a state parks movement and tell our stories, the advocacy we all do in our parks and communities is amplified.
We discussed transformative park experiences with First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Youth representatives from several organizations had the opportunity to sit down with California’s First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom to discuss how the outdoors has impacted their lives. “Thanks to the work done by California State Parks Foundation I was able to meet with a remarkable group of kids who shared their stories of the important role nature can play in our lives,” Siebel Newsom shared.
We honored Grassroots Champion Tamika Butler
Tamika Butler has spent her career fighting for outdoor equity, and this year we’re proud to honor her as our Grassroots Champion. “I wanted to fight for low-income kids of color who loved and needed parks just as much as I did when I was a kid. Being able to walk or bike to a park is something that many people take for granted.” You can read more of her story on our blog.
We delivered 5,565 petition signatures to Governor Gavin Newsom
In his inaugural address, Governor Gavin Newsom promised a “California for all,” filled with opportunities for a better life. Our petition urged Governor Newsom and state lawmakers to invest in thriving, accessible state parks for all – because we believe a California for all means state parks for all.
And that’s a wrap on our 17th Annual Park Advocacy Day! We were thrilled to host Californians from across the state and showcase why parks are integral to their lives. Thanks to everyone involved, we made a huge impact.