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Find unique, park-themed gifts in our online ParkStore.


Registration for the Guided Backpacking Program opens Feb. 1.


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Friends has developed free curriculum for grades 3-4 about the Castro Adobe.


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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 funds educational programs, visitor services and capital projects.

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