Earth Day volunteers hunt for debris at Sonoma Coast State Park in Jenner.[/caption] Thank you, CSPF members, supporters, and volunteers — you pulled off another great Earth Day event this past Saturday! Over 2,000 volunteers rolled up their sleeves and tackled dozens of improvement projects at 27 state parks from Mendocino down to Los Angeles. They removed invasive plants and graffiti, installed picnic benches and displays, built food storage lockers, installed drip irrigation systems, painted work sheds and bathrooms, picked up trash along shorelines and lakes, planted native shrubs and bushes, and more.
Volunteers plant and water native species at Candlestick Point.[/caption] See photos and details of each park here. These thousands of contributed volunteer hours helped get parks ready for the busy summer season, which is especially important given the continued budget restrictions affecting the state parks system. In addition to volunteering, hundreds of you made donations to our Earth Day Campaign. Thanks to you, we hit the $15,000 target and earned the matching grant from our friends at The Donner Foundation. Thank you one and all for your generosity! You're making great things happen for the parks we all love.
Volunteers at Crystal Cove enjoyed a beautiful view while they worked.[/caption] Would you like more opportunities to volunteer in parks? Maybe you came to Earth Day and had a good time, or maybe you were sad to miss it and would like to try another time. Either way, check out our Park Champions program. We have several volunteer events each month, including some special events next weekend in partnership with Take It Outside, California! Earth Day is made possible by our presenting sponsor Pacific Gas and Electric Company, associate sponsors SUBWAY Restaurants, Edison International and Oracle, and grant providers Microsoft, Southern California Gas Company, Goldman Sachs, The Nature Conservancy — and YOU, our members.