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Kids2Parks is a first-of-its-kind park-equity program that pays the transportation cost for Title 1 schools to get to State Park field trips. Registration opens July 29!

EXPLORE

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

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

Big Basin Redwoods State Park has weekend shuttle service and METRO bus service for the summer!

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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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Seacliff State Beach invites you to join our History Walk on Friday, August 2 at 11:00 am.

🖥️ Please register here:
https://SantaCruzStateParks.as.me/historywalk

Meet us on the deck of the Seacliff Visitor Center at 11:00 am. Rain Cancels this event.

Recommended for ages 18 and up.

We hope to see you there!

Image: An advertisement of the Seacliff History Walk featuring the S.S. Palo Alto and the storms of 2023.

📍 Aptos Tribal Land

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Seacliff State Beach invites you to join our History Walk on Friday, August 2 at 11:00 am.

🖥️ Please register here:
https://SantaCruzStateParks.as.me/historywalk

Meet us on the deck of the Seacliff Visitor Center at 11:00 am. Rain Cancels this event.

Recommended for ages 18 and up.

We hope to see you there!

Image: An advertisement of the Seacliff History Walk featuring the S.S. Palo Alto and the storms of 2023.

📍 Aptos Tribal Land

#Seacliff #AptosHistory #ThatsMyBeach #ThatsMyPark #ExploreSantaCruz #MontereyBay #FriendsofSantaCruzStateParks #FriendsofSCStateParks
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What's the biggest secret that no one knows about? 🤨 We'll share ours: Campsites at Rancho del Oso are still available for the summer. Pitch a tent at one of the best-kept secret camp spots in Santa Cruz County.

Make your reservation today: https://bit.ly/3EJhDOf

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What's your favorite drink to bring to the beach? Ours is water inside of this fungi 🍄 flask, available in our ParkStore Online.

Get yours today by visiting the link in our bio.

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New Brighton State Beach just got even more amazing. The Visitor Center is now open on weekends from 12-5 p.m.

Stop by to learn about the natural and cultural history of the state beach and region, learning about the movement of humans and animals throughout the year.

Parking is $10 and helps Friends support the park.

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Need a bag for the summer? Love butterflies? 🦋 Then check out this crossbody monarch bag from the ParkStore Online. Using Charley Harper's iconic monarch butterfly print, it's the perfect size for daily necessities and made of organic cotton and cork.

Check it out in our ParkStore Online - link in our bio.

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