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Get a copy of our brand new book "The Mission Santa Cruz Mystery: Seven Clues To Find The Site Of The First Mission"!


The new entrance at Castle Rock State Park is now open. Explore new trails and enjoy new amenities!


The "Cement Ship" celebrated her 100th birthday this June. Find commemorative merchandise at the Seacliff ParkStore.


School's back in session. Time to sign up for a field trip to a local state park or beach!


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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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Hard to miss the β˜€οΈ when the 🌧 looks like this... 🌲🌫🌲
Raise your hand if you love a good wet weather hike! βœ‹
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#visitsantacruz #santacruznow #santacruz #santacruzmountains #henrycowell #thatsmypark #forest #redwoods #hike #hiking

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The mural at the base of the stairs to Santa Cruz Mission SHP didn’t really need any additional beautification, but these two trees are making it happen! 😁 #thatsmypark #santacruzmissionstatehistoricpark ...

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"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." - Rachel Carson β €
#naturequotes #thatsmypark #wetlands # rachelcarson #beautyoftheearth

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While we absolutely love our sunsets here at Pigeon Point, our sunrises are definitely just as breathtaking. Plus we get to hang out at our favorite park all day after watching one! 😍🌞⁣
Do you prefer a lighthouse sunrise or a lighthouse sunset?⁣
#pigeonpoint #lighthouse #castateparks #thatsmypark #lightupthefuture

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The holiday sale has officially started! Stop by the visitor center until 7 tonight for the preview sale...we have snacks! πŸ§€πŸͺCan’t make it tonight? Come by tomorrow and Sunday between 10 and 4! See you soon! #holidaysale#seacliff#thatsmypark #gifts#friendsofsantacruzstateparks ...

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Seacliff on an almost-stormy evening 🌬 #thatsmypark ...

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