Your Impact

  1. Youth Access grantmaking: California State Parks Foundation funded 27 organizations with over a quarter of a million dollars as a result of grant round last fiscal year. These grants reflect our commitment to increasing youth access to state parks and will be instrumental to our work of bringing more meaningful and highly impactful youth-focused programs into state parks
  2. Research on Pathways to Parks: We conducted research with UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to analyze the “visitorsheds” of all state parks in California (the communities around each park that are accessible by a typical walk, bike trip, or drive). 
  3. Earth Day Open Houses: For the first time, we invited the community to join us for five Open Houses in celebrating Earth Day, offering opportunities to learn about the unique features of their local state park and participate in a range of activities. These activities included environmentally-themed arts and crafts, nature walks and hikes, interpretive or educational demonstrations, and booths with information about community partners.
  4. Park Advocacy Day 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.
  5. Park improvements through volunteerism: During the last fiscal year volunteers completed 207 workdays and 12,812 volunteer hours. Most of the workdays focused on weeding, planting, tree maintenance, and landscaping to ensure visitors have a positive experience and our parklands are protected and preserved.