What you can do for national parks during the shutdown

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Yosemite National Park

Like you, we keep up with news about any parks – not just state parks. We’ve seen our national parks in crisis the last few weeks during the government shutdown. The situation is serious: Wildlife picking through bins piled high with trash, latrines overflowing with waste, unfettered off-roading in fragile ecosystems and more.
If you share our concerns, here are some things you can do:

  1.  Contact your U.S. senator and representative and urge them to find an equitable solution to end the shutdown. National parks need funding and support.
  2.  We believe public lands should be open and available to all – but given current conditions, it’s worth re-considering plans until national parks are fully staffed, safe to visit and can more fully be enjoyed. In California our 280 state parks (as well as many other regional and local parks) are open, unaffected and waiting to be enjoyed.
  3.  If you do visit a national park, be prepared to carry out what you carry in, and practice “Leave No Trace” principles to protect plant and animal life. Ask other visitors you meet to do the same.
  4.  When national parks reopen, volunteer your time to clean up and restore areas damaged during the shutdown.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we continue to be the best resource we can for you. Thank you for being such an important part of the parks community.

Get more information about national parks during the government shutdown from National Park Foundation. 


P.S. Did you know that Yosemite used to be a state park? Set aside for public use and preservation as a California state park in 1864, it was designated as a national park in 1890, the third in the United States. Next year, it will celebrate its 130th birthday as a national park!


6-8 ways you can help pass Proposition 68

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Our state parks represent the best California has to offer with their natural, cultural and recreational treasures, yet many communities lack access to these great outdoor spaces, especially disadvantaged youth. We owe it to future generations to preserve what we love about California – our parks, clean water, iconic redwood trees and coastlines – by voting Yes on 68 to expand access to our state’s open spaces and natural resources for all Californians.

We need your help now to ensure voters pass Prop 68 on June 5. Here are 6- 8 things you can do to help pass Proposition 68.

  1. Vote Yes on 68! Don’t forget to vote on June 5 or mail in your ballot.
  2. Visit the Yes on 68 campaign website to learn more about Prop 68.
  3. Follow Yes On 68 California on Facebook and Twitter.
  4. Post on your social accounts by using this toolkit with easy-to-post messages and graphics.
  5. Join a Twitter Party on June 4, 10am – 11am, to create a public discussion about the bond. Learn about participating here.
  6. Volunteer at GOTV activities happening in your area. Find a Yes on 68 event here.
  7. Tell your friends and family why you support Prop 68.
  8. Visit a park in your community, take a picture and share with us @calparks why protecting and preserving this open space matters to you!

Now is the time to invest in California’s natural and historic treasures. Join us to pass Proposition 68. Your voice and your vote for Yes on 68 will ensure all Californians can enjoy the natural resources and cultural treasures of our state parks, now and for generations to come.

A vote for Proposition 68 is a vote for our parks! Click here to learn more about Proposition 68 on our website.