What We Do

Since our founding in 1969, CSPF has worked to help enhance state parks with advocacy, educational programs, capital projects, competitive grants, and fundraising, all while building a vast network of park supporters.

We accomplish our mission by building a diverse membership community of passionate park advocates, raising funds to support and protect state parks and to develop programs that serve the public, advocating for adequate funding and sound stewardship policies for parks, mobilizing volunteers to work on behalf of parks, and facilitating educational programs, habitat restoration, land acquisition, and capital improvements.

With your dedication and support, we:

Help Pass Park Legislation

We advocate for pro-park bills through direct lobbying and grassroots efforts. In 2015, we supported bills that increased overnight accommodations in parks, supported partnerships between DPR and nonprofits, and continued the prevailing wage exemption for volunteers. We are currently developing our policy agenda for 2016. More info.

Support Park Partners

Through our Technical Assistance Center, we provide free expert assistance and resources to park partners, including communications planning, organizational development, board development, fundraising, and more so they can better support our parks. More info. Photo by Cyndy Shafer

Provide Grants to Benefit Parks

Each year we award grants to parks and park partners to fund things like environmental educational programs and school field trips, park improvements and restoration projects, facility upgrades, and more. More info.

Get Volunteers Into Parks

Our volunteers did amazing work in 2015. On Earth Day in April, 1,673 volunteers worked at parks throughout the state, planting native plants, collecting trash, installing fences, restoring trails, and more. And throughout the year, 1,137 Park Champions volunteers worked 2,184 shifts at 160 training days and workdays in 32 parks across the state. More info.

Improve Parks in Need

We work on select projects to directly develop, improve or restore parks that need extra help. We saw the impact of our ongoing work restoring the wetlands at Yosemite Slough in Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in 2015 when the first American avocets returned to the area and nested on the bird island we created. More info. Photo by Teri Lenfest

Thank you for all you helped us accomplish in 2015. Here’s to a new year!

California State Parks Foundation

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