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State Parks Annual Passes extended three months! Find your new expiration date and plan your next visit.

VISIT

State Parks campground sites are closed effective Dec. 17 due to the critical need to stop the COVID-19 surge.

COVID UPDATE

Support wildfire recovery in Big Basin, Butano, Fall Creek and Año Nuevo state parks.

SUPPORT

Restoration of the Castro Adobe continues with whitewashing and fire suppression upgrades. Read the latest.

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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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We’re 12 days into 2021. What are you hoping this year brings? 🙏
Did you know a lighthouse can symbolize overcoming challenges and adversity or guidance. It’s also commonly used to symbolize a way forward and help in navigating through the world. Seems fitting for 2021!
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#InsiderTip Bring your bikes when you visit Half Moon Bay State Beach. The Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail links several beaches and is a great way to explore.

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Here's your Monday morning Otter shot. Mom keeps her snoozing pup fluffy, warm, and dry up on her belly.
Super low tides like the ones we're experiencing this week draw all the mom and pup pairs out into the main channel of The Slough for some extremely adorable viewing. Book your tour now at https://elkhornslough.com/book-now
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