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Visit parks and beaches virtually with new State Parks online programming!

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PORTS is expanding its offerings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The ParkStore Online is open - stock up on puzzles, books and seeds.

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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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I’m missing the beach vibe this summer. It’s been a year I visited half moon bay beach. It’s a super serene place to watch the pacific ocean and sand dunes.

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Here's your Monday morning Otter shot. A Sea Otter pup just floatin' and snoozin'.
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We missed you, Waddell Creek. 🤗 @ranchodeloso_ and @bigbasin_sp have reopened with limited parking. Please wear a mask when paying to park at Big Basin, and follow social distancing guidelines in both locations. Also, visitors are only to engage in active recreation. Visitor centers, picnic tables and gathering spots remain closed. #sixfeetsaveslives #thatsmypark #openforhiking 📸 @ranchodeloso_ ...

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Every time I go out, it seems like there are more flowers ❤️ great trail conditions today. Get some. ...

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A few State Parks in our area are open with limited parking @bigbasin_sp @nisenemarks.sp @wilder_ranch_state_park @henrycowellredwoods.sp 😷 Face coverings are required at the entrance kiosks and please use debit/credit cards for contactless payment. #thatsmypark #socialdistancing #sixfeetsaveslives ...

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From the coast near Año Nuevo a #selfie shot using the Apple Watch for a remote shutter #igotupearlyforthis #everyonecancreate ...

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