• Celebrate Our Heritage

California’s state parks inspire people with the natural and cultural heritage that defines California. By telling, retelling, and interpreting key history, geology, and cultural facts, our state parks celebrate what it means to be Californian.

Fall 2016 Grant Awardees

California Department of Parks and Recreation
for China Camp State Park, Mount Tamalpais State Park, Olompali State Park Samuel P. Taylor State Park, and Tomales Bay State Park

The California Department of Parks and Recreation Marin Sector is expanding its work to connect more stewards to the outdoors through the Healthy Parks Healthy People program. In partnership with Latino Outdoors, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and guest speakers are hosting ranger and bilingual docent-led hikes and educational activities in Spanish. In addition, free transportation will be provided to participants to remove that barrier to visitation.

"What's most inspiring about the Healthy Parks Healthy People program is that it allows individuals and families who, for different reasons, had never had the chance to experience local state parks to feel at home in them; it helps people in feeling inter-connected with nature, with the parks, and with who works for the parks."
- Rosanna Petralia, State Park Interpreter, Mount Tamalpais State Park

Photo: China Camp State Park © Rosanna Petralia

Environmental Charter Schools
for Dockweiler State Beach, Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area, and Los Angeles State Historic Park

Environmental Charter High School student Ogechi Hubert's senior thesis explores a lack of diversity in outdoor recreation and the environmental movement. Hubert’s project takes local families and community members on monthly day trips to experience Los Angeles area state parks and discover the incredible opportunities they provide for outdoor recreation and adventure.

"Support from California State Parks Foundation provides the resources for me to speak up and on behalf of my community. Through this program, low income students of color and their families will be able to experience our local parks and the environment. With that, students like me will be inspired to become leaders by taking ownership and lending their voice to the environmental movement."
- © Environmental Charter Schools

Photo: China Camp State Park © Rosanna Petralia

Spring 2016 Grant Awardees

Amah Mutsun Land Trust
for San Juan Bautista State Historic Park

The Amah Mutsun Land Trust is adding a new Mutsun interpretive garden within the existing Heritage Garden that will include edible, medicinal, and native species, as well as Amah Mutsun history and culture interpretive panels. The new garden and panels will provide a unique educational experience and expand the park interpretation to include the rich natural and cultural history of the San Juan Bautista area and Native Americans.

"The Amah Mutsun Land Trust is grateful for support from the California State Parks Foundation that will allow us to develop an interpretive native plant garden at San Juan Bautista State Historic Park that teaches about local Native American history, culture, and relationships with the natural world."
- Sara French, Amah Mutsun Land Trust Program Manager

Photo: San Juan Bautista State Historic Park ©Sara French

Latino Outdoors
for Gold Region state parks

At organized day outings and overnight camping trips, Latino Outdoors is overcoming barriers such as language or transportation that prevent disadvantaged students from visiting parks and giving nontraditional park users and diverse communities an opportunity to experience state parks.

“Our work is important because it has the potential to provide transformative experiences in nature. Approaching community engagement from a cultural lens creates safe and welcoming spaces that leave room for exploration and deeper connections.”
- Graciela Cabello, National Director for Latino Outdoors.

Photo: ©Latino Outdoors

2015 Grant Awardees

Anderson Marsh Interpretive Association
Interpretive equipment for nature walks, school field trips and senior tours
State Park: Anderson Marsh State Historic Park

California Department of Parks and Recreation
One day event featuring Native Americans, with workshops, lectures, panel discussions and traditional food booths State Park(s): Lake Perris State Recreation Area

Friends Of Mount Tam
Day-use and overnight park visits for underserved communities that includes transportation, food, hikes, and activities led in Spanish
State Park(s): China Camp State Park, Mount Tamalpais SP, Olompali State Historic Park, Samuel P. Taylor State Park, Tomales Bay State Park

Jack London Park Partners
Development of a Park Prescriptive program
State Park(s): Jack London State Historic Park, Sonoma County state parks

Jack London Park Partners
Planning designs for the park's museum that will modernize interpretive materials and displays
State Park(s): Jack London State Historic Park

California State Parks Foundation

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