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Support Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in New Leaf Community Market’s Envirotoken Program

Please show your support for Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks in the voting for New Leaf Community Market’s 2016-17 Environtokens donation recipients.

The program, started in 1993, gives customers who bring reusable grocery bags when shopping at New Leaf, a 10-cent Envirotoken to donate to the nonprofit of their choice. Six nonprofits are chosen to be Envirotokens recipients annually at each New Leaf location. Friends is on the ballot at stores:

Vote here for Westside Santa Cruz.
Vote here for Felton.
Vote here for Downtown Santa Cruz.
Vote here for Capitola.
Vote here for Boulder Creek.

Friends has been a beneficiary of the Envirotokens program in the past, including for 2015-16 in the Westside, Downtown and Capitola stores. We ask for your vote to help remain a part of this valuable community support program.

Voting is open now! It ends at 11:45 p.m. on May 31.

April is Whale Watching Month
at Pigeon Point

Watch and observe as the grey whales migrate north near the coastline with their calves at Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park. Volunteers will be available to help spot whales and to answer questions about their annual migration Thursday through Monday in April from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dolphins, harbor seals and sea otters are also commonly spied in the near-shore waters.

While you are there, you can also learn about the other marine life that frequent the area, the history of the lighthouse and more. Don’t miss the First Order Fresnel lens on display in the Fog Signal Building.



Upcoming Events

Saturday, May 7th

Wilder Ranch Coast Nature Walks

Wilder Ranch State Park

11 a.m.

Saturday, May 7th

Building Methods at the Mission

Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park

1 p.m.

Saturday, May 7th

Wilder Ranch Living History Demonstrations and Ranch Tours

Wilder Ranch State Park

Weekends from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. tours of the ranch houses at 1 p.m.