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Rediscover local state parks and beaches this summer! 

Introducing #Staycation2020, an effort to help locals in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties rediscover their local state parks and beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic that has curtailed summer travel for many.
“We want to help locals have a great summer, despite the current challenges,” said Bonny Hawley, executive director of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. “We also want to encourage safe, social-distanced activities in fresh air and great spaces, and close to home.”
All summer and into the fall, Staycation2020 will share day trip ideas for residents of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, the areas where Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks partners with California State Parks to co-manage 32 state parks and beaches. Local state parks and beaches provide a diverse array of redwood forests, rocky pocket beaches, rolling hills, expansive bayside beaches and preserved historic properties.
The Staycation2020 campaign will highlight local parks and beaches, share insider tips and encourage healthy activities for park visitors of all ages. There also will be incentives for sharing Staycation experiences and photos on social media. Follow Friends on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more details, and use #Staycation2020 and #ThatsMyPark on photos when you visit a local state park or beach. 
Visitors also help support local state parks and beaches by paying parking and other fees, most of which stay local to help Friends fund local jobs, maintenance, educational programming and more.

Tune in for two new State Parks virtual campfire programs

Two upcoming State Parks virtual campfire programs will highlight some of our favorite spots in south Santa Cruz County: first one from Castro Adobe State Historic Park and then another from Sunset and Manresa state beaches. The free, family-friendly programs will premiere on Facebook.

Take a step back in time at the Castro Adobe on Saturday, July 25 at 7 p.m. Learn about what life was like at the historic adobe when it was an active household. Stories and songs will be shared. Follow the Castro Adobe Facebook page for notifications and to watch. (Without a Facebook account, just follow the link at the event time, or later, to view the video.)

Learn about the creatures found at Sunset State Beach and play some favorite campfire games Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. Follow the Sunset and Manresa state beaches Facebook page for more.

With both events, viewers will be able to post questions and comments during the premieres for a state park interpreter to answer. The programs also will be available for later viewing.


Get your #ThatsMyPark stickers online!

Spice up your water bottle, bike helmet, car bumper, or laptop with one of Michael Schwab's iconic That's My Park images! These vinyl stickers are bright and sturdy and won't fade in the sun or the rain. At just $3.50 each, collect all six! Proceeds benefit local state parks and beaches.

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New way to support Friends: Donate a vehicle! 

A vehicle donation is another way to support us and a great alternative for you to take care of that unwanted vehicle. We can accept your car, truck, RV, motorcycle, off-road vehicle or boat, and your gift is tax-deductible! 

The proceeds from the sale of your donated vehicle enable us to continue the work we do to support our beautiful local parks and beaches every day. Learn more.

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