About CalParks

Nonprofit dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California's magnificent state parks.

How YOU made this our biggest #GivingTuesday yet

On November 27, we celebrated #GivingTuesday—an annual, worldwide day of giving. This year, park lovers like you came together to make an enormous impact on state parks and the millions of Californians who use them. We are so grateful to everyone who took part in our #GivingTuesday festivities across California by donating, sharing on social media and joining us in person. Your support helped us make this our biggest #GivingTuesday ever and totaled:

732 gifts that were matched dollar-for-dollar by our Board of Directors!

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Over 2,400 mentions, reactions and shares on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram that helped inspire others to support and visit our amazing state parks.


94 tickets sold to our #GivingBrewsday celebration at Anchor Brewing Company where…


…693 raffle tickets were purchased for 14 donated prizes!

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More than $78,186 raised supporting our work in…

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California’s 280 state parks now and for generations to come.

These amazing results help ensure that the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities of our state parks are accessible and equitable for all to enjoy. We’re blown away by your support and are filled with appreciation. Your giving spirit empowers us to do the work we do! Thank you!

Your best memories in parks this year

California state parks are great places to make memories. As we approach the end of the year, you might also be thinking back on the best days you spent in parks. Here’s what some of our supporters shared:

Pg 7 - Marshall Gold Discovery

“Gold panning with friends at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in July. My daughter and her friend were busy putting rocks in each other’s pockets while the dads panned for gold, feldspar and garnets.”

– Johanna Speizer

Pg 7 - Hendy Woods

“Walking through the groves at Hendy Woods State Park this September.”

– Terry Blair

Pg 7 - Jedediah Smith

“Because my dog is getting older and my very real worry of leaving him in the care of any one when the fire danger was so terribly high, I gave up my planned backpacking trip in Yosemite and headed to the Crescent City area where, with my sweet dog along for every early morning drive of Howland Hill Rd., I fell in love with Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

– Jennifer Schooley

Pg 7 - Montana de Oro

Montaña de Oro State Park was a wonderful discovery for me on our summer road trip. Just beautiful!”

– Betsy Sommerville

Pg 7 - China Camp

“I volunteered to lead a camping trip to China Camp State Park as a sort of an introduction for our 1st grade class. We went down at night to hear frogs, sang campfire songs, wandered eating smores and did a bit of plant identification and discussion. China Camp is a fantastic spot for a lot of children who are not used to camping. Very easy, and if all else fails it is not far from most Bay Area cities if sleeping outside poses too much.

– Instagram user @Fauvescraper

Pg 7 - Crystal Cove

“Taking my kids to Crystal Cove State Park during their summer break and having lunch at the Beachcomber Café.”

– Vangie Obrero

Thank you so much to everyone who shared their memories with us! Want to share your favorite 2018 state park memories? Just tweet to us at @calparks!