Volunteers provide a meaningful impact on parks this Earth Day

On Saturday, April 21, 2,959 volunteers at 35 California state parks came together to make a huge difference. These volunteers helped construct and update structures for ADA compliance, clear trash and clean graffiti, remove invasive plants and replace them with native species, renovate campgrounds, maintain trails, and more in celebration of our 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E).

Thanks to everyone who volunteered and donated, we were able to…

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Plant 6,702 native trees, shrubs and plants

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Remove 741 cubic yards of non-native vegetation

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Collect 620 bags of trash and 65 bags of recycling

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Restore 14.5 miles of trails

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Build, repair and improve many park structures and more at 35 state parks

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And meet the generous $100,000 match from PG&E

A huge difference was made in our state parks this Earth Day, but as you know, they need your support all year long. California State Parks Foundation offers many ways for you to help parks.

Join or renew your membership: your membership helps us expand access to the beauty, culture, history and educational and recreational opportunities offered by California’s 280 state parks.

Volunteer with Park Champions: our Park Champions volunteers work in nearly 50 state parks to restore, maintain and beautify nearly 50 state parks for wildlife and visitors year-round.

Use your voice: tell your legislators and communities why parks matter to you through our advocacy efforts and action alerts.

Click here for pictures from our 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup on our Facebook page. Thank you again for your support this Earth Day, and every day!

A Day in the Life: Earth Day Volunteer

Our Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup Event is next Saturday, April 16. We need volunteers to join us to work on much-needed improvement projects at 27 state parks across California. Join us for a great day outdoors in a park working side by side with fellow community members to make a real difference this Earth Day.

If you are still debating whether or not to volunteer, here’s what your Earth Day might be like if you sign up (hint: it will be awesome).

8:30am – 9am: You arrive at the park (following directions from the website) and park for free (!) because we appreciate our volunteers. You follow signs to the check in table head over to register, sign a waiver and say hello.

While other volunteers get registered, you enjoy some graciously-donated coffee from Peet’s Coffee and breakfast treats from Fruit Guys, Nature’s Path, and Lundenberg.

9am – The event organizers kick off the event! They welcome all the volunteers, give a safety talk, and explain the projects for the day. If there is more than one project, you pick the one that sounds good to you and join that group. Grab some gloves and tools and get ready to work!

9:30am – 12:30pm – You get work done! You help your team with the projects, get to know people, enjoy being outside, and have a great time.

12:30 pm – You did it! Look around and take in the improvements you made. Then gather together with the team to enjoy some lunch from SUBWAY Restaurants, and maybe get some fun prizes like Chipotle.

 

So what do you say? Will you join us next Saturday in a park near you?

See a map of the parks, read project descriptions, and register to volunteer online. Registration will close early next week, so sign up today!