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Experience Big Basin one year after the fire through 3D Virtual Tours of the Entrance Road, Park Headquarters and more.

REIMAGINE

Beach wheelchairs are available for use at eight state beaches in Santa Cruz County. Reserve one for free!

ACCESS

Portola Redwoods State Park turns off showers, closes campground due to drought.

NEWS

Fire restrictions are in effect due to heightened fire danger and limited available fire suppression resources.

NOTICE

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Our local parks and beaches: thriving and available to all!

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends) is a vital partner with California State Parks, creatively working to ensure our cherished local parks and beaches are thriving and available to all. Friends’ innovative and collaborative community partnership provides support and investment for education, equity and inclusion, conservation, facilities improvements, historic preservation and cultural events.

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Here's your Monday Morning Otter Shot. Snoozin' Sea Otters are happy Sea Otters!
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Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the infamous 1989 earthquake. This 6.9 magnitude earthquake centered in The Forest of Nisene Marks and shook the surrounding area for 15 seconds. Next time you are at park, take a hike to the sign. While the person writing this post was not born yet, family has shared stories of rolling parking lots, mirrors falling off the wall, and kitchen cabinets flying open.

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#DidYouKnow If you bring a reusable grocery bag to the New Leaf Community Market in Westside Santa Cruz, you'll receive a 10-cent Envirotoken?🛍️

You can donate the token to one of several local nonprofits—Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is on the list! 😉

#NewLeafCommunityMarket #thatsmypark #thatsmybeach #envirotoken #donation #donate #stateparks #stateparksdonation #statebeaches #statebeachdonation
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Today marks the 32nd anniversary of the infamous 1989 earthquake. This 6.9 magnitude earthquake centered in The Forest of Nisene Marks and shook the surrounding area for 15 seconds. Next time you are at park, take a hike to the sign. While the person writing this post was not born yet, family has shared stories of rolling parking lots, mirrors falling off the wall, and kitchen cabinets flying open. What is your earthquake story? Share in the comments below ⬇️⬇️

#nisenemarks#epicenter#earthquake#thatsmypark#32years
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FLASH SALE! Get 20% off when you shop "That's My Park" Wilder Ranch merch online and at the Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center and ParkStore today!
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*Fine art prints are not included in the sale—Link in bio!

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Mark your calendars! Pigeon Point's 149th Anniversary Celebration is less than a month away 🥳🎉🎂🤩⁣

Join us on Saturday, November 13th, from 1 - 7 PM for tours of the base of the lighthouse tower, children's activities and crafts, information booths, music, and a local maritime author!⁣

We can't wait to see you here 🎊🥳 #pigeonpoint #lighthouse #castateparks #thatsmypark #CoastsideStateParks
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