6 Reasons for you to participate in CSPF’s 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup

Earth Day Blog post April 2018Earth Day is right around the corner! On Saturday, April, 21, thousands will join forces to make a difference in California state parks and you can join them! Here are six reasons why you should participate in our 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup, presented by Pacific Gas and Electric Company:

1. You want to be a part of a global, civic-focused day of action

In 1970 Earth Day began and activated 20 million Americans, launching the modern environmental movement. Today, Earth Day is celebrated by more than a billion people every year, focusing on the fight for a clean environment. By being a part of our 20th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup on Saturday, April 21, you’ll also be a part of this global day of action. Whether you can volunteer or just want to spend the day celebrating nature with your loved ones, we hope you get out to one of our amazing state parks this Earth Day!

2. You care about climate resiliency

This year presenting sponsor Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has funded a special round of grants for important projects that will help state parks in the face of natural disasters – to better cope with wildfires, drought and other environmental impacts in the short term, and to build resiliency to deal with the effects of climate change in the long term. Read more about these special projects. 

3. You want to help restore and revitalize the parks you love!

This year over 40 beloved state parks will get support to complete special projects and needed maintenance on this day of service. You can join thousands of volunteers throughout California to 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, paint a beautiful mural and more! Register to volunteer by April 16.

4. You like complimentary snacks

We know that projects such as weeding, planting, and painting take a lot of hard work! To keep you going throughout the day, Peet’s coffee, Subway, and Nature’s Path will be providing refreshments at parks across California!

5.You can participate even if you can’t volunteer

Can’t volunteer? You can still be a part of this special Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup by donating to CSPF to help repair and improve the parks you love! This year PG&E has offered to match all gifts made in honor of our Earth Day anniversary, up to $100,000! Double your gift now! 

6. You can help celebrate the 20th Anniversary of our annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup

While every Earth Day is important, this one is especially exciting because it marks the 20th year of our Earth Day efforts at the California State Parks Foundation. Over the past two decades, our Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup has mobilized nearly 80,000 volunteers, resulting in over 350,000 hours of work in our parks!

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



Samantha Joseph

“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


Stein 2

“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!