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Visit parks and beaches virtually with State Parks online programming.

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Our local parks and beaches: thriving and available to all!

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends) is a vital partner with California State Parks, creatively working to ensure our cherished local parks and beaches are thriving and available to all. Friends’ innovative and collaborative community partnership provides support and investment for education, equity and inclusion, conservation, facilities improvements, historic preservation and cultural events.

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Since you otter wear a mask, you otter have one of our Laughing Sea Otter masks, seen here modeled wonderfully by our naturalist Brianna. They're just $9.99, available at our gift shop at 7981 Moss Landing Rd. in Moss Landing.
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#otter #otters #otterlove #marinemammals #wildlifephotography #wildlife #wildlifetour #wildlife_shots #naturevirals #NatGeo #nanapix #wildlifephotographer #seemonterey #experienceoverthings #coastalliving #traveladventures #VisitCalifornia #sustainabletourism #elkhornslough #elkhornsloughsafari #mosslanding #montereycalifornia #californiawildlife
#santacruznow #thatsmypark #santacruzcounty
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📬 Postcard {no. 28} 💌
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Dear Santa Cruz,
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Sending some Vitamin Sea your way🍊🌊
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Warmly, Wilder Ranch
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#postcardsfromwilder #videopostcards #ohloneblufftrail #californiacoast #santacruz #thatsmypark #getoutside #wanderlust #naturelovers #traveldeeper #stayandwander #bestcoast #childhoodunplugged #familyadventures
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Two years ago from Manresa State Beach ... these beaches have gorgeous 🌅 views all year round. #flashbackfriday #sunset #manresastatebeach #thatsmybeach #thatsmypark 📸 @freelanceroad ...

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Love our State Parks? Looking for a job? We are hiring Visitor Service Aides to help day and overnight visitors this summer. Link in bio to apply. #workinparks #payraise #thatsmypark #helpwanted ...

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