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!

Take It Outside, California!

26222329370_0573293b7a_oThis weekend, April 30 and May 1, is Take It Outside, California! It’s an annual event, organized by our partner California Council of Land Trusts, encouraging Californians to get outside and enjoy our parks and open spaces.

Organizations all over California are planning outdoor events for you to enjoy, including ours! We invite Californians to enjoy healthy activities, celebrate our public lands, and Take It Outside, California! next weekend with our special Park Champions work days.

We have planned 5 special, family-friendly volunteer workdays in state parks in partnership with Take It Outside. All tools and training provided. Projects over 3 hours also include lunch.

Will Rogers, Baldwin Hills and Rio de Los Angeles are still looking for volunteers. Register on our website to participate. 

If these parks aren’t in your area, visit Take It Outside California! to discover new parks near you, and sign the pledge to take it outside. Free public activities include a guided dog walk, family festival, kite flying, creek exploration, outdoor Zumba, and a cardio hike with yoga (yiking!).

See you out there.