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

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

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

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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. 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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Weekend Fun Alert! Butano State Park and the Rancho Del Oso Unit are both open weekends-only right now. #findnewadventure

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What could be better than painting in the shade at your favorite State Park? We don't know either. Shop our online store—Link in bio.

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Guided tours of the historic two-story adobe at Castro Adobe Historic Park resume this summer for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Join us Sunday, July 25, in Watsonville!

Preregistration is required and space is limited—Link in bio.

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#TipTuesday Montara State Beach is an ideal spot for those #nofilter sunset photos.

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Check out the ParkStore before you head home from Seacliff State Beach for some great finds! The ParkStore, located at the Visitor Center, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily and proceeds benefit local state parks and beaches. #FindNewAdventure

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