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Welcome, new park concessionaires.

Seacliff, Lighthouse Field

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


Mural installed, dedicated on Mission Street.

Santa Cruz Mission

Author talk with Terry Tempest Williams at Bookshop Santa Cruz.

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Our Mission, Our Passion

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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