Tidepools at Natural Bridges are brimming with life!
Low tides reveal sea stars, crabs, sea anemones and other colorful ocean life in the marine protected reserve, an “underwater State Park”. Pick up a free Tide Book at a Friends’ ParkStore for the best time to glimpse the treasures of the deep.
The Forest Awaits at Nisene Marks
Explore 10,000 acres of rugged semi-wilderness on foot or by bike, then cap the adventure with a picnic in one of the park’s many picnic areas. Join us on Facebook or sign up for our e-newsletter to stay up-to-date on park news.
Visit the historic ranch buildings and farm animals, walk the coastal bluffs and explore miles of mountain trails. Friends funds the ongoing restoration effort at Wilder Ranch State Park.
Thanks to efforts of our supporters, the park has become a vibrant community cultural center and will remain open. Join us each September for the annual Mole & Mariachi Festival and experience Your State Park Downtown.
Beach Days at Seacliff State Beach
Enjoy one of Santa Cruz’s favorite and most iconic beaches. Seacliff features an expansive beach, picnic areas, an interpretive center, a fishing pier and RV camping. Commemorate your visit with a souvenir from the ParkStore, located in the Visitor Center.
Shop at a ParkStoreCommemorate your visit with a souvenir from one of our ParkStores. Purchases help Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks support the Parks. Friends members receive 15% discount every day & invitations to special sales.
See you at the 7th annual Gerbera Festival at Kitayama Brothers
Monterey Bay Greenhouse Growers Open House Tour presents the 7th annual Kitayama Brothers Farms Gerbera Festival, a benefit for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks. Activities will include:
• Kitayama greenhouse tours
• Flower arranging demonstrations
• Wine tasting featuring Storrs Winery & Vineyards
• Tamale tasting competition
• Farmer’s Market featuring locally grown produce and flowers
• Potted Gerbera plants and dozens of cut flowers for sale
• Children’s activities
Attend a special Heritage Talk at the Castro Adobe
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks will host a Vaquero Heritage Tack Talk led by noted historians Griff Durham and Bruce Haener, at Castro Adobe State Historic Park, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, June 25. The talk begins at 1:30 p.m., and the fundraiser event also includes a tour of the park and refreshments. Cost is $25-$100 (attendees choose the amount of their donation). RSVP by calling 831-429-1840 or email.