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NEW!! The Fall Creek Unit of Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park is now fully open! Check out the reopened trails for your next hike!

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New for spring! Extended hours at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park. Visit "Your State Park Downtown" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday to Monday.

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Open house events return to Castro Adobe State Historic Park in Watsonville. Registration for the June 18 tours will open soon.

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Tribute Tables are an amazing way to honor a loved one with a meaningful, lasting gift while improving infrastructure in local parks.

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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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Find treasures at our @seacliffstatebeach Deck Sale! Last season’s merchandise, imperfect items and sample products all must go. Shop today and tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Thursday and Friday) to get great deals on nature- and park-themed gifts.

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"The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature." - Joseph Campbell

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Happy World Otter Day! The Elkhorn Slough is home to a resident population of up to 150 Southern Sea Otters, and is thought to be at carrying capacity for this important species. This is a remarkable achievement by all the dedicated conservationists committed to the preservation of this once nearly extinct species.
Book your Elkhorn Slough Safari today and learn all about Sea Otters while viewing them in the wild.
https://elkhornslough.com
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Kick off the beginning of summer with the return of Junior Rangers and campfire programs this weekend!

If you are between the ages of 7 and 12 and enjoy being outdoors, playing games, learning about local wildlife or just love having fun, then Junior Rangers is the program for you! You can pre-register online at https://SantaCruzStateParks.as.me/jrrangers. The program runs 3 PM - 4 PM and meet at the Sunset State Beach campfire center.

Looking for something fun to do with the whole family on Friday or Saturday nights? Come to a campfire program at Manresa Uplands campground on Friday nights and/or one at the Sunset State Beach campground on Saturday nights. The campfire begins at 7 PM and s'mores will be provided. Both programs meet at the respective campfire centers.

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We’re spring cleaning! Come to the @@seacliffstatebeach Deck Sale on Thursday and Friday to get great deals from 10am to 3pm.

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