What's New

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

PURCHASE

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 Mission, Our Passion

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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Events Calendar

The Westside of Santa Cruz is some of the most beautiful coastline in the state which includes beautiful places like Natural Bridges State Beach -
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#Repost from visitsantacruz. Make sure you go follow them! They post amazing shots like this by abonds25 😍πŸ₯°πŸ˜πŸ₯°
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Thanks to a new trail sign project funded by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, hikers at Nisene Marks will enjoy 77 to guide the way! #hiking #nisenemarks #nisenemarkstrails #thatsmypark ...

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Natural Bridges sunset in November. πŸ™Œ
Monarch butterflies by day, epic sunsets by night. πŸ‘Œ
Photo πŸ“· | abonds25
#visitsantacruz #santacruznow #santacruz #naturalbridgesstatebeach #naturalbridges #thatsmypark #visitcalifornia #traveltuesday
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The beautiful Potter Church Garden is one of three garden areas at the Castro Adobe State Historic Park. #castroadobe #thatsmypark ...

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It's not a page from a story book, but a magical place right here on the coast. Go discover Fern Grotto!
#ferngrotto #thatsmypark #wilderranch #wilderranchstatepark #coast #coastalliving #getoutside #explorenature
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