What's New

Experience Big Basin one year after the fire through 3D Virtual Tours of the Entrance Road, Park Headquarters and more.

REIMAGINE

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

ACCESS

Portola Redwoods State Park turns off showers, closes campground due to drought.

NEWS

Fire restrictions are in effect due to heightened fire danger and limited available fire suppression resources.

NOTICE

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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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🐮🐔🐑 #FunFriday It's time to catch up with the friendly farm animals at Wilder Ranch State Park!

Learn more about the farm animals in our latest newsletter—Link in bio!

#newsletter #thatsmypark #wilderranch #wilderranchstatepark #wilderanimals #wilderranchfarmanimals
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#ShopLocal Visit our ParkStore Online to shop for candles, tea towels and notecards made by local artists—Link to our ParkStore online in bio!

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#DidYouKnow You can support us by donating your used vehicle? It is a great way to get rid of your unwanted vehicle easily and it's tax-deductible! 🚘⛵

We accept cars, trucks, RVs, motorcycles, off-road vehicles and boats!

Call or complete this form to donate today—Link in bio!

#thatsmypark #thatsmybeach #stateparks #statebeaches #donate #BecomeAFriend
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#FindNewAdventure Take the family out to search for slugs at Henry Cowell State Park—how many banana slugs can you spot? 👀

#HenryCowellStatePark #bananaslugs #slugs #adventure #nature #outdoors #familyfun #thatsmypark #thatsmytrail
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Out for a lunchtime walk at work and found this heart-shaped autumn leaf. 🧡🍁🙂 Thanks nature! #parkslife #jobperks #redwoods #CAstateparks #santacruzmountains #thatsmypark ...

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