What's New

Make your state parks adventures easier with a Golden Poppy Pass. Valid at all local state parks and beaches, this pass is available in the ParkStore Online.

SHOP

New bilingual interpretive panels have been installed at Seabright State Beach and the historic Castle Beach gate has been restored. Check them out next time you visit.

EXPLORE

Flash flooding at Wilder Ranch State Park damaged portions of the park’s historic dairy ranch. Your help is needed to support the short-term response and long-term recovery efforts.

DONATE

The Horse Camp at Rancho Del Oso Unit on the coast side of Big Basin is open for interim walk-in and bike-in, non-equestrian camping. Reservations required.

CAMP

Plan Your Visit

Our Mission, Our Passion

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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Click the BOOK NOW link in our bio for seats on our Early AM Photo Tour & Marine Mammal Baby Tour this Saturday, April 20th.

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Here’s your Monday Morning Otter Shot. There’s at least 9 Sea Otters pups that can currently be seen out on the Elkhorn Slough!

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Kids2Parks is an innovative park-equity program to bring students from schools serving low-income families on State Parks field trips. The program, a partnership between California State Parks and Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, increases the number of students who have visited a state park or beach by reducing barriers to access.

Donate to the program to ensure kids from Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties get to enjoy state parks as a part of their education. Check out the link in our bio.

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It’s time! The 2024 Redwood RX Season is ready to begin this weekend!

Thank you to all the instructors, hosts, community partners, state park colleagues, volunteers, and board members who came out for our 2nd Annual Redwood Rx Commencement Mixer.

It was a heart-warming evening spent getting to know one another and learning more about Redwood Rx and all of you!

A special thank you to our pre-event walk leaders, Elizabeth and Olivia. The relaxed smiles on the faces of those who joined you were testament to the value of the time you spent together in nature. If you weren’t able to join us, you were missed!

Don’t worry, we have many opportunities to connect as our season unfolds.  

Registration is open for all 2024 classes.
Please visit the link in our bio to learn more about our amazing nature-based wellness program.

Wishing you all a wonderful Spring – see you in the park!

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“No human ever lived in a birdless world.” — Richard Smyth

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