History & Mission
Sustaining the Legacy of our State Parks & Beaches
Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks 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.
Founded in 1976, Friends is passionately dedicated to the preservation of our spectacular natural environment and rich cultural history. Friends also operates six ParkStores, offering nature- and history-themed merchandise for sale to benefit local parks and beaches.
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Friends’ values through the years have remained solid: Friends is passionate about our parks, and works to ensure that all local state parks are open and accessible. We are committed to providing quality, robust, engaging interpretive programs at local state parks.
View the Executive Summary of 2015-18 Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Strategic Plan.