Spring 2018 Grant Round

As part of the Our Parks, Our Future initiative and CSPF's commitment to creating meaningful experiences for youth in state parks, we held two invitation-only grant rounds in Fiscal Year 2017-2018 (one in Fall, 2017 and a second in Spring, 2018). This enabled us to gain a deeper understanding of existing programs in the field, form new partnerships with youth-focused organizations, and understand how programs measure and demonstrate impact so that we can improve our ability to amplify the work of our grantees.

Below is a brief description of the programs we are funding.

Spring 2018

$10,000 for a youth peer training program that will enable youth from northeast Los Angeles to develop skills in nature interpretation and teaching.
State Park: The Bowtie

Community Nature Connection
$19,030.88 for a youth leadership program that will connect culturally diverse and underrepresented youth to state parks and careers in park settings.
State Park: Los Angeles State Historic Park, Malibu Creek State Park, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, Leo Carillo State Beach

Jack London Park Partners
$10,000 for a program that provides Sonoma Valley Middle School educators with multi-disciplinary, meaningful support, as well as field trips for middle school youth, on the topics of climate change and its effects on our local ecosystems.
State Park: Jack London State Historic Park

Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association
$20,000 for the Mendocino Outdoor Science School, which serves youth ages 8-18 from diverse schools throughout Northern California with outdoor environmental education.
State Park: Mendocino Woodlands National Historic Landmark State Park

Outdoor Afro
$10,000 to grow their network of volunteer leaders to lead a series of field trips and outings that bring African American families and children to state parks and highlight the cultural and natural history of these parks.
State Park: Mount Tamalpais State Park, The American River, Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, Angel Island State Park, Castaic Lake State Recreation Area, Fort Tejon State Historic Park, Topanga State Park

Regional Parks Foundation
$10,000 to fund hands-on, outdoor educational youth development programming that specifically target underserved populations in the East Bay.
State Park: East Bay parks including Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach and Lake Del Valle Regional Recreation Area

Saint Mary's College
$10,000 to implement The River of Words "Watershed Explorer" curriculum that encourages young people to explore and savor the watersheds where they live.
State Park: Mount Diablo State Park

Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation
$10,000 for two programs that serve local, underserved youth, based in an urban setting but exploring nature, and provide a unique view of the past through the resources of CA state parks.
State Park: El Presidio de Santa Barbara State Historic Park

Sonoma Ecology Center
$15,000 for two programs, an environmental education curriculum and a series of outings for Spanish-speaking families. Families will be equipped with educational experiences and resources they need to continue returning to the park and provide their children with a lifelong connection to state parks.
State Park: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Jack London State Historic Park

Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods
$15,000 to expand its "Forest to the Sea" Summer Youth Camp, which brings youth from Pre-k through high school to four state parks to provide inspiring, multi-day, multi-touch learning and recreational experiences.
State Park: Austin Creek State Recreation Area, Armstrong Redwoods State Nature Reserve, Sonoma Coast State Park, Pomo Canyon Campground

Fall 2017

Amigos de Bolsa Chica
State Park: Bolsa Chica State Beach

Chino Hills State Park Interpretive Association
State Park: Chino Hills State Park

Orange County Coastkeeper
State Park: Bolsa Chica State Beach

Outdoor Outreach
State Park: Chino Hills State Park

These grants are partially funded by the Margaret Donner Spencer Competitive Grant Program, Edison International and Thomas J. Long Foundation.

California State Parks Foundation

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