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.
2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the park. Visit the historic ranch to walk the coastal bluffs or explore miles of mountain bike 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.
We are now accepting applications for mole chefs, local artists and food vendors who would like to participate in the third annual Mole & Mariachi Festival, Sept. 19, 2015 at the Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park.
Sponsorship opportunities also are available. Visit the Mole & Mariachi page for more information, including how to contact us and how to apply.
Support the Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument Campaign
Help turn 5,800 acres of North Coast Redwoods into a permanently protected and publicly accessible Santa Cruz Redwoods National Monument.
Learn more about the effort, which Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks endorses, in this Hilltromper article or read this Q&A with former Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt, a supporter of the Monument Movement. Also, sign the petition supporting the Monument.