What's New

Join us for The Mission Santa Cruz Mystery book launch party on October 18th!

CELEBRATE

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

ADVENTURE

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

SHOP

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

LEARN

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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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The Castro Adobe, less than 10 miles from the epicenter of the Loma Prieta Earthquake in 1989, nearly crumbled. Wise decisions saved enough of the building for it to be rebuilt as the centerpiece of California’s next state historic park. The Castro Adobe Open House (11am to 3pm on Saturday) will interpret the construction, destruction, and restoration of this historic treasure. @castroadobe #lomaprietaearthquake #lomaprieta30years #earthquakerepairs #castroadobe #thatsmypark ...

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Waking up among the redwoods: 🏕✅
Have you camped in Santa Cruz County?
Check our story for ideas! ⛺️🚐
Photo 📷 | chloe_rm
#visitsantacruz #santacruznow #santacruz #bigbasin #bigbasinredwoodsstatepark #thatsmypark #camping #camper #redwoods #santacruzcounty
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Check out our facebook event page for details: along with castroadobe, we will commemorate 30 years of recovery from the #lomaprietaearthquake with hikes to the #epicenter this Thursday and this weekend. #thatsmypark #nisenemarks #nisenemarksstatepark #forestofnisenemarks #forestofnisenemarksstatepark #aptos #santacruzmountains #centralcalifornia #redwoods #redwoodforest #castateparks ...

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Knock knock! 🚪 Anybody in there? 👀⁣

This door to the Pigeon Point Lighthouse Tower is commemorated with the year 1871 - the year construction of the light station began. But the Lighthouse itself wasn't completed until the following year, 1872!⁣

Come on a guided tour with us through this door and into the first level of the tower tomorrow from 1 - 4 PM to learn more about the light station's construction and what we're doing to restore it now! Tickets are $10 per person, and space is limited - please plan accordingly.⁣

#pigeonpoint #lighthouse #castateparks #thatsmypark #lightupthefuture
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Today this mysterious item washed up onto the beach. One guess is that it was a figurehead on a boat. Do you have a guess for where it came from or what it is? Comment below. #seacliffstatebeach#thatsmypark #mysteriousitem#whereditcomefrom #beachtreasures ...

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The Monarchs are coming! Join us at Natural Bridges State Beach on Sunday, Oct. 13, to welcome these beautiful orange and black butterflies back to our parks. #naturalbridgestatebeach #naturalbridges #monarchs #welcomebackmonarchs #butterflies #thatsmybeach #thatsmypark ...

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