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State Parks events like guided hikes and Junior Rangers are back -ย preregistration is required. Sign up today!


Support Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks by becoming a member today.


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


State Parks is working on projects to support monarch habitat at Natural Bridges and Lighthouse Field.


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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. Friendsโ€™ 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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"Summertime is always the best of what might be." - Charles Bowden
Happy Summer Solstice!
#Summertime #Summer #happy #thatsmybeach #thatsmypark #fun #santacruz

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Even though monarch butterflies ๐Ÿฆ‹ only migrate to our sanctuary in the fall/winter, restoration efforts are taking place year round!โ 
Interpreter Martha is seen here pulling invasive thistle and poison hemlock, making way for native pollinator flowers to take root. Martha & volunteers planted the cypress trees in the background many years ago when they were just saplings, knowing that their wind-blocking shelter would be needed for the future generations of monarch butterflies. And look how tall they've grown!โ 
Anyone who has spent a sweaty afternoon pulling weeds knows that stewardship can often feel like a drop in a bucket. But the efforts are worth it in the long run.โ 
We are so grateful to all the school groups, restoration crews, interns and volunteers who help take care of this important monarch overwintering site. The strides we make for the monarchs are made together. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโ 
#NaturalBridges #NaturalBridgesStateBeach #ThatsMyPark #SantaCruz #MontereyBay #ProtectWhatYouLove #SaveThePollinators #MonarchButterfly #Restoration #NativePlants #InvasiveSpecies #TogetherWeCan #Community ๐Ÿ“ Uypi land

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Guided hikes and Junior Rangers are back at @portolaredwoods_sp starting this weekend! ๐ŸŒฒ

Details: Remember to sign up at the Visitor Center first. Spaces are limited. All participants must wear face coverings until expressly stated otherwise. Do not attend programs if experiencing any symptoms.

#stateparks #portolaredwoodsp #guidedhikes #parkevents #redwoods #sanmateohikes #thatsmypark

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"Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence." - Hal Borland #thatsmypark #nature #redwoods #fallcreek #trees ...

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#ThrowbackThursday It's been 15 years since we launched the iconic That's My Park images featuring local state parks and beaches. The illustrations by artist Michael Schwab are a creative way to bring to life the mission of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks: to ensure our cherished local parks and beaches are thriving and available to all. Which one is your favorite? Comment below! ๐Ÿ˜„
#wilderranch #nisenemarks #SCMissionAdobe #CastroAdobe #Seacliff #NaturalBridges #iconic #santacruz #thatsmypark

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