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Causes: Environment, Environmental Beautification, Parks & Playgrounds

Mission: California State Parks Foundation is a member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting, improving and advocating for all of California’s state parks. With our community of supporters, we deliver innovative solutions for an excellent parks system by facilitating park improvements, inspiring stewardship, supporting partners, advocating for sound policies, and connecting people to parks. Together we ensure that the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities of our 280 state parks are available for all to enjoy now and for generations to come.

Results: Since 1969, CSPF has raised over $243 million for state parks.

Target demographics: our 280 state parks

Geographic areas served: California

Programs: volunteer days, advocacy, capital improvements, and grant giving.

Community Stories

17 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 MAPA

Client Served

Rating: 5

CALIFORNIA STATE PARK FOUNDATION (CSPF) has been invaluable in supporting not only our own nonprofit, MENDOCINO AREA PARKS ASSOCIATION (MAPA), but nonprofits and state parks in the entire state of California. CSPF has made possible the carrying out of our mission in our local state parks, which is providing education programs, park improvement projects (that would not happen without nonprofits and CSPF), and even the operation of the previously closed Standish-Hickey State Recreation that is now open for public camping and recreation. CSPF has been crucial for all of this. CSPF has fought for years to keep all of our state parks open, and with amazing success. I can't imagine where our parks and our state would be without their efforts; because all is connected, their influence has reached beyond parks to millions of visitors and thousands of business that are dependent on those park visitors, which then benefits our state and everyone who lives and visits here. Our praise and gratitude can never fully express the true value of their contribution. CSPF is the GREATEST! THANK YOU, CSPF!

Volunteer

Rating: 5


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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Park Champions program that is administered through the California State Parks Foundation is one of the most rewarding volunteering experiences I have ever had. Not only does Park Champions allow one to visit and help out at various CA State Parks, but it allows one to meet incredible people. The Core Leaders who coordinate the volunteer work days are dedicated and encouraging through the whole process. In addition, some of the work days offer free camping for volunteers, which makes the experience all the more rewarding.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Park Champions is an awesome organization. We spent a morning clearing non-native plants at Half Moon Bay State Beach. The staff was organized, friendly and gave us great information on what we were doing and why. My son enjoyed the morning so much he asked right away if we could come back and do it again. We saw right away how our time had positive impact on the environment. I highly recommend Park Champions and the wonderful people who put this organization and event together!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

CSPF is an awesome organization. Their help and support to the Friends of China Camp (FOCC), the nonprofit volunteer organization that operates China Camp State Park, has been a key piece to our success. They have and continue to: help us with interactions with state government agencies, provide grant money for park improvements, advertize for and recruit volunteers to help maintain the park, train volunteers to lead workday events at the park, provide business expertise in the form of consultants, tutorial and conferences and connect us to volunteers in other state parks (a vital part of our support system). FOCC owes much of our success to CSPF.

1 Liz_51

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My, where do I begin? When I was growing up, my parents took us kids camping at many of California State Parks. I grew up on Sonoma, CA, and spent many of my childhood hours at the Sonoma Mission, General Vallejo's home and Jack London State Park, fascinated by the history. When I was married, we took our children on trips to many of California State Parks. What would we do without them? They are not only an enjoyable place to spend a vacation, but they are full of valuable resources... educational, historical, geological, social, .. and on and on. I am fortunate to live In Humboldt County for the past 45 years, 44 of those years a half of a mile from Patrick's Point State Park. I've hiked many of the trails at Patrick's Point as well as Prairie Creek State Park, and Jedediah State Park, and I have been a volunteer at Patrick's Point State Park for the past 15 years. They are a treasure and need to be supported and maintained for future generations.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have been to many state parks and believe they are a beautiful gift and should be cherished. My boyfriend and I volunteered at MacKerricher State Park and the people helping were very organized and friendly. It was a wonderful experience.

Nils-Michael L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering with CSPF for a couple of years now and the work they do is AMAZING! i love getting out into a number of different parks up in the San Francisco Bay Area and helping out. It's fun!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the California State Parks Foundation for the past six years and I am constantly impressed by the amount of integrity within this organization. Their tireless commitment to supporting our state parks is evident in the programs they coordinate and participate in. Park Advocacy Day has been instrumental in fostering an ongoing discussion between legislators and their park-supporting constituents. Additionally, CSPF’s involvement in the Packard Summer Enrichment Program has provided hundreds of low-income youth with the educational benefits found within our state parks. This non-profit has heart and is truly great.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We had a great experience by being the Park Champions last weekend. The kids were with us and they had a great educational experience and fun activities!

Thanks a lot for those who organized!!!!!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The California State Parks Foundation plays a critical and essential role in preserving our 280 state parks, and keeping them open. They have been very creative in forging partnerships with local organizations to make our parks sustainable. Once a park is closed it can be vulnerable to private developers or criminal elements. When I volunteer to visit the Capitol every year on behalf of CSPF, I am always impressed (and relieved) at the reception we get from legislators, due to our mission and the staff of CSPF.....Les Johnson