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!
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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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!!!
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
This past weekend my daughter ,age 22, and I participated in the Fort Ross work day. We camped at Salt Point State Park, along with 20 or so other volunteers. Volunteers were all ages and from all parts of Northern CA. It was a wonderful and beautiful experience to work with the people from CA SPF and from Fort Ross. We will do this again.
As a fourth generation Californian, I was raised in our State Parks. I feel they are my legacy and am grateful for the work the California State Parks Foundation does to help keep them maintained and open to the public.
I participated in signature-gathering campaign last year for a ballot for the California State Parks Foundation. I am a donor as well. The importance of this non-profit is extensive. Because of the Foundation many State Parks are still open (even though some have cut back on services), allowing so many individuals and families to enjoy our beautiful and historic parks. With future donations, Cal Parks will be assured to help keep more parks open.
I have worked with the wonderful people at CSPF on several events. As always, they were extremely responsive, knowledgeable and ready to do whatever it took to get the job done! I will be very happy to work with them in the future.
Any non-profit would benefit by watching and learning from the pros at SCPF!
I've lived in Southern California my whole life and take full advantage of the state parks there including hiking and mountain biking. They have always been well maintained and accessible, because of caring people like the California State Parks Foundation. No one fights for state parks like they do.
I always look forward to their Earth Day events.
I love volunteering with the CSPF - they are the nicest and most appreciative of all the groups I volunteer with. Its always a pleasure to help out in the parks and with so much appreciation, its always a pleasure to return. They are organized, prepared and helpful to anyone who volunteers. They supply appropriate materials and "training" including health and safety cautions as necessary for each task. They organize refreshments and try to make sure everyone has a positive experience. They are top-notch all the way.
We have raised a family in CA and the first real environmental education experiences are those taught at the beaches and mountain parks that are CA! Our family not only experienced the beauty and serenity of nature, but with the park system we discovered CA history, a love for the vast diversity of CA and have always had it affordable, well maintained and at our fingertips. We need to keep the State Parks affordable, well maintained and at our fingertips - for all CA and our visitors too. There is no better gift to ourselves and our children than preserving and appreciating our great state. The CA State Parks Foundation makes sure we are always working toward that end.