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Community Foundation Santa Cruz County makes gift to Castro restoration.

Castro Adobe blog

Celebrate 150 years of City of Santa Cruz and watch the Oct. 1 fireworks display at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park.

Mission 25th Anniversary

Friends is hiring Park Visitor Service Aides for Castle Rock, Portola Redwoods, Big Basin, Butano and Año Nuevo State Parks!


The new Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park mural is magnificent!

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Sustaining the Legacy of State Parks and Beaches in Santa Cruz and San Mateo Counties

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends) is an entrepreneurial nonprofit sustaining the legacy of our state parks and beaches. Through an innovative partnership with California State Parks, and by leveraging local community support, Friends has provided millions of dollars of funding for educational programs, visitor services and capital projects.

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