- Building future park stewards: With your help, we provided more than a quarter of a million dollars in youth access grants to 27 organizations 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.
- Research on Pathways to Parks: We conducted research with UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to analyze the communities around each park. The research included a literature review, an analysis of demographic characteristics and a survey of park community programs. We found that lack of funding is the most significant challenge faced by organizations when working to connect youth to their parks. This research will help inform our outreach and programming in the near future to engage our future park stewards.
- Earth Day Open Houses: For the first time, we invited the community to join us for five Earth Day Open Houses, which offered opportunities to learn about the unique features of their local state parks and participate in a range of activities. In addition to over 1,200 volunteers participating in workdays across the state, nearly 2,000 park visitors attended these Open Houses. Activities included environmentally-themed arts and crafts, nature walks and hikes, interpretive or educational demonstrations and booths with information about community partners.
- 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. In addition, we delivered 5,565 petition signatures to Governor Gavin Newsom, urging him and state lawmakers to invest in thriving, accessible state parks for all.
- Park improvements through volunteerism: Backed by your support, volunteers completed 207 workdays and 12,812 volunteer hours during the last fiscal year. Most of the workdays focused on planting native plants, removing invasive species, trail repair, trash cleanup, post-wildfire restoration and clearing brush to reduce wildfire risk to ensure visitors like you have a positive experience and our parklands are protected and preserved.
Everything we have achieved has been made possible through the tireless energy, passion, ideas and generosity of supporters like you. It’s that same commitment that will support our work as we guide our parks to a more sustainable future — together.