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Learn the story behind the activism that shaped Santa Cruz Mission SHP in a new book.

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Elephant seal season is nearing at Año Nuevo State Park. Make plans now!

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The Castro Adobe in the Twentieth Century is available online at our Parkstore.

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Check out the new exhibit now open at the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, featuring paintings of local state parks.

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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 funds educational programs, visitor services and capital projects.

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