In the last nine years, this organization which has existed for over 50, has come so far! The current ED has expanded their good work in so many ways and takes on almost any challenge. SSPF provides education and interpretation of eight amazing California State Parks, funds restoration of both natural areas and cultural gems such as Vikingsholm and the Hellman-Ehrman Estate. These parks are grossly underfunded in their meager governmental budget. SSPF fills the gap by providing staff, programs, events, rehab, education, and restoration. This organization ROCKS!
Started visiting Tahoe in 1946, have not missed a year since. One never tires of looking at the lake. The Sierra State Parks Foundation supports the 7 California state parks at Lake Tahoe and Donner Lake through education, advocacy, restoration and preservation helping insure our parks will be here for future generations to enjoy.
Advocate, educate, restore and preserve, this is the work of the Sierra State Parks Foundation working in concert with the Sierra District of the California State Parks. One never tires of looking at the lake from the porch chairs of the Pine Lodge at Sugar Pine State Park or looking out over Emerald Bay and the Vikingsholm. These are treasures for all to see and visit. The Foundation helps make this possible through its programs, financial support and volunteers.
A great organization supporting the Tahoe area State Parks by funding interpreters, restoration, and programs to bring kids to the outdoors.
An incredible non-profit that keeps fighting for our local history and culture to thrive even during the very tough last couple years.
I am impressed with their commitment to help our parks. The staff and volunteers are committed to the cause. I feel confident that my donation will be put to the best use.
The Sierra State Parks Foundation provides much needed support to our local Lake Tahoe region California State Parks. SSPF is passionate about preserving the legacy of these unique treasures that are worthy of this support. SSPF funds projects and educational programs that connect people with our rich cultural heritage and natural resources. Because of the work of SSPF, these local Lake Tahoe area parks will continue to be places of inspiration and education for future generations to come.
The Sierra State Parks Foundation is a wonderful place to work! As the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center manager, I see how important it is to have a well-functioning organization that meets the financial goals of the Sierra State parks and gives the visitor a memorable experience.
The staff are hard-working, dedicated people that thoroughly enjoy working in the state parks to meet these goals.
This organization is my favorite in the lake Tahoe area and that says a lot! There are many worthy organizations that support Lake Tahoe but this one rises to the top. The California State Parks at Lake Tahoe, and Truckee also, are absolute gems for preserving both natural and human history. Despite being long established, they do not receive the government funding necessary to keep them open, vibrant, and viable. Thank goodness for Sierra State Parks foundation. This long-standing organization steps in to provide the restoration, preservation, and education that is not funded by the state itself. SSPF puts on fun and informative events for all interests. Some of them are just about learning and others are specifically intended to fund raise for a particular restoration project. I’m happy to see my donation dollars go to this organization.
Working for Sierra State Parks Foundation has been a true honor. Knowing the community impact and how transparent and fair this foundation is really makes my work meaningful to me. It is always exciting after a successful and hectic event season to see the tangible funds we raise, and even more exciting to see a project get completed from the funds we raised!
I support the Sierra State Parks Foundation because the funds they raise are given to our local Sierra State Parks. Their efforts help to keep the parks open and running for the benefit of all park visitors, and that includes me and my family! For three generations now, my family has been camping, hiking, recreating and learning at the Sierra State Parks. We share many memories of these amazingly beautiful places, and its a joy to watch the little ones, our future, begin to create their own footsteps at the parks. These parks are irreplaceable treasures that offer countless wonders. If you love the Sierra State Parks as I do, then help to protect them!
The Sierra State Park Foundation is a Cooperating Association with CA State Parks. They provide Park Visitors experiences that CA State Parks cannot provide due to lack of funding and staff. Full moon kayaks, snowshoe hikes, campfire programs, tours of historic houses are just a few of the many experiences available. Through fundraising they assist CA State Parks with deferred maintenance projects on culturally significant structures like Vikingsholm in Emerald Bay. They use all donated funds wisely and are able to get a lot accomplished. Their Board, volunteers and paid staff are a pleasure to work with.
SSPF has done so much to keep our beloved state parks up and running! I am a particular fan of the two historic mansions at Lake Tahoe: Vikingsholm and the Ehrman Mansion (Pine Lodge). But both of these jewels are so old and have many maintenance issues. SSPF not only offers public tours of these historic homes, but has funded much restoration of them! I'm so thankful, and so proud to be a contributor!
The Foundation helped the new Donner Memorial Visitors Center to get open when the State of California didn't have operating funds. They've helped support the volunteers with training and outfits. In addition they've help support California State Parks around Lake Tahoe in the development of educational programs and needed restoration to the classic structures overlooking Lake Tahoe. They've far exceeded what was expected to support these beautiful state parks.
SSPF picks up where the State Parks leave off. They fund docents, gift shop personnel, any many other State Park services and programs the State cannot afford.
Our parks add great quality to our lives, and we owe a debt of gratitude to this terrific and much needed non-profit!