Join us for PopUp Picnics in the Park.  
Enjoy a relaxing lunch outdoors at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park on Thursdays this summer. PopUp Picnics in the Park will be held Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., June 30 through Aug. 25 Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the view of downtown Santa Cruz. 

Food trucks will set up for selected PopUp Picnics in the Park. Follow Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks on Facebook and Instagram for updates on food trucks. Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park is at 144 School St. The park is open daily Wednesday to Sunday. Admission is free; donations are gratefully accepted.
Learn about Vaquero history at Castro Adobe fundraiser.
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks will host a Vaquero Heritage Tack Talk at Castro Adobe State Historic Park led by noted historians Griff Durham and Bruce Haener, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, June 25. 

The talk begins at 1:30 p.m., and the fundraiser event also includes a tour of the park and refreshments. Cost is $25-$100 (attendees choose the amount of their donation). RSVP by calling 831-429-1840 or email. Carpooling is encouraged because parking is limited. The Castro Adobe is at 184 Old Adobe Road in Watsonville
Meet author and illustrator Marni Fylling — and Friends' members receive a discount on her book.
Come to Natural Bridges State Beach for a special presentation by Marni Fylling, author and illustrator of Fylling’s Illustrated Guide to Pacific Coast Tidepools, on Saturday, July 23. Fylling will discuss her education, how she came to be a scientific illustrator, what makes the discipline unique and how she approaches her illustrations, as well as the genesis of the book itself. She’ll also talk about the scientific illustration program that used to be located at UC Santa Cruz and is now at CSUMB. The presentation will include a slideshow of her illustrations. After the presentation we will have a Q&A with the author, followed by a signing. We will be providing light refreshments.

The Tidepool Talk with Marni Fylling will be 4-6 p.m. at the Natural Bridges Visitor Center. Members of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History will be able to buy Fylling's book, published by Heyday books, for $10 — $5 off the cover price. Become a Friends member at the event and receive the discount. 

This is a free event. Parking at Natural Bridge is $10 and supports the park.
Celebrate Fourth of July in local State Parks. 
Big Basin Redwoods State Park will host its annual Fourth of July Weekend Celebration Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4.

The Talent Show Campfire will be 7 p.m. Saturday. If you have a skit, poem, song or a talent you’d like to share, sign up at headquarters in advance. All presentations should be appropriate for all ages. Acts should be only 3-5 minutes in length. Participants need to arrive promptly at 7 p.m. at the historic campfire center. Fire lighting and marshmallows (we provide the sticks and marshmallows!) at 7 p.m.; program begins at 7:30 p.m. The campfire is wheelchair and stroller accessible, and good dogs are welcome.

Join the Big Basin 4th of July Parade at 10 a.m., Monday, July 4. Led by Uncle Sam, the parade goes through the redwoods to the Campfire Center where we will sing songs from the All American Song Book, ending with a salute to the flag and our national anthem. Meet at the Campfire Center.
The events are free; parking is $10 and supports the park. Big Basin is on Highway 236 approximately 10 miles outside of Boulder Creek.

Also during the Fourth of July weekend, Wilder Ranch State Park will host its annual Old-Fashioned Independence Day, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  Monday, July 4. 
Donate to Friends when you shop at New Leaf Markets in Santa Cruz and Capitola!    
Thanks to your votes of support, we are once again on the Envirotokens donation boards at New Leaf Community Markets in downtown Santa Cruz, on the Westside and in Capitola. Shoppers who bring their own bags can make a donation to Friends after checking out. 

The Envirotokens program, started in 1993, gives customers who bring reusable grocery bags when shopping at New Leaf, a 10-cent Envirotoken to donate to the nonprofit of their choice. Six nonprofits are chosen to be Envirotokens recipients annually at each New Leaf location.
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