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Dear Friend, 

Do you love going to the park or the beach? Who doesn’t enjoy listening to the surf or moving under a beautiful canopy of redwood trees?
You most likely realize that our state parks and beaches are healing places of beauty, offering opportunities for exercise, recreation and learning. Parks give us a chance to connect with family and friends, building memories we hold dear throughout our lives.
What you may not know is Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks serves as the nonprofit partner with California State Parks to support all state parks and beaches in Santa Cruz County and coastal San Mateo County. We enhance visitors' park experiences by supporting important projects and programs. For example, this year Friends funded:

  • Monarch butterfly grove habitat restoration
  • State Parks interpretative staff at 17 state parks and beaches
  • Educational field trips to state parks for low-income school children
  • Guided Overnight Backpacking Tour (partners: the Sempervirens Fund and Portola & Castle Rock Foundation)
  • A summer pilot program for Santa Cruz’s Beach Flats neighborhood school students to visit three local state parks
  • Continued restoration of the historic Castro Adobe
These are just a few of the programs and services Friends supported thanks to the generosity of people like you. Today we invite you to join us to support your state parks.
In the coming year, with your support, Friends plans to:
  • Expand scholarships for school field trips to our state parks
  • Continue progress on restoring the historic Castro Adobe
  • Support creative interpretive programming at dozens of local state parks and beaches
Please join your neighbors and friends to support valuable programs such as these. Every dollar contributed stays local and goes directly into supporting our beautiful natural environment so it can be enjoyed for decades to come.
Become part of this exciting venture today by joining Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. You’ll be glad you did! Membership includes a number of gifts:
  • Single day use pass good at any of our Santa Cruz County State Parks
  • 15% off all ParkStore merchandise (in-stores and online), as well as 15% off Henry Cowell Nature Store purchases
  • Friends E-newsletter subscription
  • Invitations to special Friends Member events

Thank you in advance for your support,

Bonny Hawley
Executive Director
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks

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