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!

5 ideas to spend spring and summer in state parks

Winter has transitioned into spring and that means warmer weather is on the way – or already here! We asked some of our supporters to share their favorite photos and activities during the spring and summer in California. Here are 5 suggestions for spending these sunny seasons in state parks!

Paulina Dao 2“I love Salt Point State Park because the views are unbeatable and you can’t go wrong with sandstone climbing on the coast. I like Castle Rock State Park because it’s accessible to the Bay Area and there are hundreds of problems (climbing routes) to try for bouldering and ropes. I also like Castle Crag State Park because it’s such a beautiful granite outcropping.”

– Paulina Dao, San Francisco

 

Bob Allen 2“Winter and early spring at Anza-Borrego Desert State Park are great times to hike and photograph. This January, a day after rainfall, three male Peninsular bighorn sheep were grazing along the Borrego Palm Canyon trail and didn’t mind as we watched and photographed them. Farther up canyon, California fan palms grow in areas of high groundwater and towered above us.”

– Bob Allen, Mission Viejo

 

 

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“During the spring, I love ‘glamping’ in the yurts at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park! It’s so much fun to explore the park’s beautiful hiking trails as well as the rich history of the nearby Bale Grist Mill.”

– Samantha Joseph, Oakland

 

 

Brenda Chi 2“I love Los Angeles State Historic Park in the spring! It’s a peaceful park for something so close to the city. Allows me to have the best of both worlds, I get to walk around Chinatown and look at the shops and I get to go to a park and sit and relax.”

– Brenda Chi, Los Angeles

 

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“Getting up early, loading the kayaks, packing a thermos of coffee & bagels, then heading to the Rat Farm. Destination: Ahjumawi Lava Springs State Park.”

– Steve and Sharon Stein, Hawthorne

Let us know your favorite parks for spring and summer by tweeting to us at @calparks!