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April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

Now that my son is 8yrs old, he is learning to love camping. We look forward to taking him to our California State Parks. We encourage him to help keep them clean. I want this to be a continued tradition and am afraid that we will not be able to do this with all the State Parks closing.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how informative they are. They keep me updated with what is going on and help me understand.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

April 29, 2010

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April 29, 2010

I want my kids and their kids to experience the FUN and education that I have received from the State Parks. This Foundation has helped keep the fact that the State Parks Dept seems to be one of the first hits if there are budget cuts! These are not replaceable resources!! We must be the protectors!!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

keep the parks open! Keep the rangers and the staff employed and working to keep these precious resources from being cut to bare bones or less!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010

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April 28, 2010

I enjoy using California State Parks and I am grateful for anyone and everyone who works to allow me to visit the beautiful places in our state; to keep them clean; to keep them safe; but most importantly...to KEEP them!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the ability to visit state parks whenever and wherever I want.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 28, 2010
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April 28, 2010
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My first outing when I came to CA 35 years ago was to a state park; I find you can tell a lot about a place by how the parks integrate and support the rest of the community. Now at 60 I loo back having grown my kids camping weekends, hikes, and these include many holidays.. and am so grateful for this resource. I daily visit a locak park to walk and when the world is stressful, find peace and hope in the parks; the staff I have encountered are helpful and informative and inspiring. Is more than places to go, our parks are a place of possibility.. I now find myself reading and taking classes so I can become more knowledgable and a GOAL is to docent when I retire in 2 years.. With the mess this state has gotten into-- the PARKS are something we can TRULY be PROUD of and to which are attracted folks from all over the world! Preserve, Enrich, Cherish, and Support these unique resources.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Happy to be there! Wanted to share their info with us, and inspired us to seek additional info after we left! Our staff included "kids" maybe 18-20.. t was inspirational seeing our future generation so passionate about the parks and natural resources..

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 28, 2010

I have spent countless hours camping, backpacking, hiking and playing in the State Parks. I couldn't even fathom not being able to go out to one of our wonder State Parks to explore the natural beauty, learn a bit about our history and get enjoy some peace and quiet. I know my world would be a lot more unbearable without the State Parks and I'm sure many others agree.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The ability to be able to get to nature amidst all the chaos of the city. The ability to learn more about our state and country's history. The ability to be able to backpack through countless miles of wilderness. No other vacation could beat it.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 28, 2010

I used to live across the street from San Bruno Mountain. Everyday, I looked forward to hiking the trail around the mountain. This trail consisted of blackberries, views of San Francisco and beautiful fields of grass. What I enjoyed most about this experience was the ability to see the seasons change. Recreation is vital to a person's well-being. We need recreation and parks in our lives as much as we need sleep and food. This type of nourishment allows for mental/ physical well-being and growth. Without our state parks, California would lose its ability to make recreation available to the average person. We need our parks to live!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my personal well-being

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Open more parks!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How much they do with the resources that they have.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

incredible, awesome individuals that freely shared their knowledge.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Create more trails, plant trees, open more parks, have the ability to pay their staff living wages, get more staff.

Ways to make it better...

the organization were more supported by the State of California and had more funding.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

BUDGET CUTS

One thing I'd also say is that...

I love state parks and feel grateful to have them in my life everyday!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 28, 2010

The Cal State Parks are some of the cleanest and prettiest parks around. We want to keep the parks open FREE for everyone to enjoy.

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help supplement the cal parks system. They have done very well with they have, but money can go along way in the right hands to benefit many!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 28, 2010

We use the State Parks of California many times throughout the year, and most recently was 2 days ago at San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente. The staff is always helpful, competent, polite and informed. The parks are always well-maintained and free of trash and troublesome elements. The State Parks serve as an indispensable and invaluable resource for our family when we wish to 'get away from it all.'

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the myriad ways are difficult to categorize, but essentially if there's nothing I'm walking away complaining about, then it's a job extremely well done.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it sacrosanct in the State of California, i.e., in future possible budget crunches, the State Parks system is never to be underfunded.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their consistent level of professionalism and the high standards they continually meet or exceed.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, knowledgeable, conscientious & easy to find.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

keep the parks even cleaner, safer and better maintained. Hopefully, the hardworking employees could also receive much-needed remuneration from that as well.

Ways to make it better...

I could have stayed longer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Sacramento bureaucrats with their greedy heads up their own asses.

One thing I'd also say is that...

long may they run!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 22, 2010

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April 22, 2010

I work at a vacation rental company and we have fantastic state parks in our area. Every time someone asks me what to do or where to go on their vacation I direct them to these parks. And every time guests reply that they were so impressed with the parks, their kids saw something new, they experienced nature, hiked, biked, walked and observed in ways that make this a favorite vacation memory! I'm dis-heartened that our closest state parks have reduced access, hours, and so on as a result of budget woes. Some of the most memorable places for guests are now harder to get to or unavailable. I want to show off our state's best spots not have them fall into disrepair... I know the CSPF needs as much support as possible to keep these fantastic place available to locals and tourists a like!

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to improve accessibility for folks that can't hike to all the great spots, return to regular operating hours in the parks, and foster the educational, recreational and community opportunities in all state parks.

Ways to make it better...

the situation were not so strained. Money is short and the state budget has put everyone on edge.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 18, 2010

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April 18, 2010

Californians own an amazing and unique State Park system. AND, I think all of California should be grateful to the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) for their tireless efforts to repair, improve, and SAVE our State Parks. Through their constant communication via traditional and electronic media, CSPF has kept us informed of potential budget threats and the many ways we as individual Californians can volunteer to help keep our Parks healthy. Through Facebook, Twitter, their beautifully produced newsletter

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If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Raise their voice even louder for California's State Parks.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Make a big impact gardening, repairing trails, painting, fixing campsites and more in their local state park with a small group of volunteers through our Park Champions Program. New projects are added to the calendar every month. Volunteer