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Explore the Santa Cruz Mountains on a State Parks-guided backpacking tour this summer.

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With your help, we accomplished a lot in 2017. Learn more in our annual Parks Update.


Assist with ongoing special projects, including the Wilder Ranch Farm Animal Program.


Find thoughtful nature-themed gifts in our Online ParkStore.


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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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