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Share your #StateParksStaycation photos for a chance to win a prize

Now's the time for locals in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties to rediscover local state parks and beaches with Staycation2020 and have a chance to win a State Parks annual day-use pass.

Share photos on social media (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) using #StateParksStaycation and #ThatsMyPark to be entered for a chance to win a Golden Poppy Pass. Entries will be accepted through September 30, 2020, and all entries are required to follow the contest rules below.

While the COVID-19 pandemic has curtailed summer travel for many, locals can take day trips to local state parks and beaches, the areas where Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks partners with California State Parks to co-manage 32 state parks and beaches.

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.

Follow Friends on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more details, and use #StateParksStaycation and #ThatsMyPark on photos when you visit a local state park or beach. 

Contest Rules: Must be 18 to enter. Photos must be shared on a public account. Entries will be accepted through September 30, 2020. The photo must be in its original state and cannot be altered in any way, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame. Entries will not be accepted unless submitted via the official contest channels or after the contest's end date. Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules. By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks for future promotional purposes. One winner will be randomly selected and notified by direct message within one week of the contest’s end date. If no response is received after three business days, a new winner will be selected and the previous winner will forfeit all rights to the prize. The prize must be collected by the winner and is non-transferable. This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks are not eligible to enter.

Progress made on the restoration of Pigeon Point Light Station SHP

Work on the lighthouse began in Spring 2020 with the restoration of the Fog Signal Building. This phase of the restoration was funded by two local cooperating associations: a $125,000 donation from Coastside State Parks Association and a $125,000 donation from Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, for a total of $250,000.

“We’re pleased to have helped move this important historic restoration forward during this difficult time, so visitors can learn about our past and consider a brighter future,” said Bonny Hawley, Executive Director of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks.

The building’s exterior walls, siding, windows and drainage were repaired to waterproof and restore it. The fog horns and their rusted braces were also removed, restored and reinstalled. Read the complete State Parks press release here.

Castro Adobe interior walls refreshed

Although Castro Adobe State Historic Park is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19, work continues to restore the structure.

Beginning in March and taking over two months, the interior walls of both floors of the Castro Adobe were repaired and painted. The work was done by Ingram Plastering of Carmel, and the crew was careful to maintain physical distancing requirements during the entire project. Read about this work on the Castro blog.

Friends is leading a multi-year restoration effort to preserve and interpret the Castro Adobe as a State Historic Park in partnership with California State Parks. It is Santa Cruz County’s second State Historic Park and the first non-beach State Park in the Pajaro Valley. Prior to the pandemic, the Castro Adobe was open on a limited basis for special events, such as Open House Days.

The wall repair and whitewashing work was completed with a generous grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation. Donations to support the ongoing restoration of the Castro Adobe are gratefully accepted. Make a gift.


Pick up new playing cards in the ParkStore Online

Up your solitaire game with a fresh pack of playing cards featuring images of butterflies, Seacliff's Cement Ship, mushrooms or the great outdoors. And remember, proceeds from your purchase will benefit local state parks and beaches! Shop today.

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Work with Friends

Work at local state parks and beaches! Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks is taking applications for the position of Visitor Service Aide — including positions at state beaches throughout the Santa Cruz District, from Half Moon Bay State Beach to Castle Rock State Park to Palm State Beach.

All job descriptions and applications are available online. Learn more and apply.

Share our good work with a review

If you love our work, then please consider telling the world! Your review could have a positive impact on the amount of volunteers and donations Friends receives.

Help us raise visibility for our work by posting a review of your experience with Friends on GreatNonprofits, a review site like Yelp but for nonprofits. All reviews will be visible to potential donors and volunteers.

It’s easy and only takes three minutes! Thank you!

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