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Beach wheelchair inventory doubles thanks to grant funding 

We are excited to announce the addition of five new beach wheelchairs — funded by a $13,762 grant from the California Coastal Conservancy — to improve access for visitors at local state beaches.

“Our goal is to make our beloved state parks and beaches accessible to all,” Friends Executive Director Bonny Hawley said. “Doubling the number of available beach wheelchairs is one way we can help more people and their families explore the beautiful coast in a comfortable, safe way.”

The new beach wheelchairs are a valuable contribution to State Parks’ mandate of improving park access to all residents, as well as Friends’ mission of equity and inclusion for all. They add to the five beach wheelchairs already in service. Wheelchairs can be used at any of eight state beaches in Santa Cruz County, including Natural Bridges, Seabright, Twin Lakes, New Brighton, Seacliff, Manresa, Sunset and Palm.

Friends will provide support to State Parks for public outreach about the program, management and maintenance. Friends also is partnering with Shared Adventures, a local nonprofit organization that provides year-round opportunities for social and recreational interaction for community members with disabilities, to provide additional access including multiday beach wheelchair use and beach wheelchairs for children.

“We believe in getting people outdoors and moving beyond limitation,” Shared Adventures Executive Director Foster Andersen said. “Our new partnership with Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, along with this addition of beach wheelchairs available locally at no cost to visitors, will make our state beaches more accessible to individuals and families.”

Reservations can be made by email or calling 831-335-8487 Monday to Thursday (excluding holidays), between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Email is preferred. Learn more.

Birds begin spring migration back to Monterey Bay area

Migratory birds will start showing up in our area again as the season shifts to spring — a few have already been reported! Here are some feathered friends to keep an eye out for, and where you might be able to spot them.

Ready to take your birding to the next level this year? Pick up essentials from the Field Guide Collection, including A Californian’s Guide to Birds Among Us, which is great for beginners, is fairly local, and includes great information about behavior and habitat that really set it apart from other field guides. Also, check out this handy pocket guide to common yard birds. Remember, ParkStore purchases support local state parks and beaches. 

Be sure to tag Friends in your birding photos on social media or use #thatsmypark when sharing! 

Photos: Wilson's Warbler (top), Caspian Tern (below), Pacific-Slope Flycatcher (bottom left), Barn Swallow (bottom right); all images Wikimedia

Call for entries: State Parks users encouraged to enter photo contest

The fourth annual “A Shot in the Park” juried photography exhibition is accepting submissions through Wednesday, March 31, 2021. The 2021 exhibition will be presented virtually, opening May 7.

This exhibition encourages California State Parks users, supporters and photography enthusiasts to capture and share their favorite views, places, moments and adventures. The theme of the contest is the exploration and enjoyment of all that our diverse California State Park System has to offer.

To qualify, a submitted photo must be taken within the boundaries of a California state park or the California state park must be the primary focus in the image. Please click here for more exhibition information, rules and the entry form. There is no fee to enter. Email with questions.


Nisene Marks or Wilder Ranch candles - $18.99

Local artisanal favorites — soap! candles! — are back in stock  

Experience the essence of your favorite state parks at home. Candles that celebrate Nisene Marks and Wilder Ranch are back in stock. Light one of these locally-made treasures to brighten your day. Locally-made soaps also are back. Enjoy the blackberry and sage scent of San Gregorio, the honey-and-oatmeal aroma of Pescadero and more. Shop online today.

ParkStore proceeds benefit local state parks and beaches.


Volunteer trail work days return to Nisene Marks SP

The Advocates for the Forest of Nisene Marks State Park have resumed their monthly volunteer trail work days. Volunteers meet on the third Sunday of the month. 

In February, 14 people worked on 3 main tasks: removing a downed tree, clearing debris off Margaret's Bridge and clearing leaves and debris from a long stretch of ditch along the road. 

Interested in joining the next volunteer day, which is set for Sunday, March 21? Send a Facebook message or an email, or just show up at 9:30 a.m. at the park entrance kiosk. Nisene Marks is on Aptos Creek Road in Aptos. 

Friends is hiring!

Work with Friends! Become a Visitor Service Aide and greet park visitors at entrance kiosks. We are currently hiring for state parks and beaches throughout Santa Cruz County and coastal San Mateo County. Jobs are available now.

This seasonal position is a visitor service/kiosk staff role. Friends is a nonprofit organization that works in concert with California State Parks to maintain and enhance the state parks in the Santa Cruz District. We are looking for individuals who would enjoy working with state parks staff in the operations of the campgrounds and day-use areas at our beautiful state parks.

Learn more and apply online today! 

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