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


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


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


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


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Celebrate! The harvest is in! See tractor, draft horse and living history demonstrations, listen to music, make crafts, and participate in harvest-time activities at the Heritage Harvest Festival, this Saturday at Wilder Ranch State Park. #harvestseason #harvest #wilderranch #wilderranchstatepark #thatsmypark #harvestfestival #tractordemonstration #livinghistory #thatsmypark ...

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Happy Friday = checking the forecast and seeing more perfect summer weather in mid-October. 👌 Where you headed this weekend?
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#visitsantacruz #santacruznow #santacruz #westcliff #westcliffdrive #itsbeach #lighthousefield #lighthousefieldstatebeach #thatsmypark #visitcalifornia #tgif #friyay #friday

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WORK IN STATE PARKS! Visitor Service Aide Job Openings available in various state parks in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties. Check it out. Job description and application available at thatsmypark.org/jobs 🐻🌳 #sfsurpt #sfstatechss #sfsu #thatsmypark #castateparks ...

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The 6.9 magnitude Loma Prieta earthquake struck deep in the earth beneath The Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, near the former Loma Prieta town site at 5:04 p.m. on this day 30 years ago. A guided hike starting at 3 p.m. today (Oct. 17) will reach the epicenter right when the quake hit. This hike, along with two additional hikes Sunday (10 a.m. and 1 p.m.) will examine the forest’s recovery and resilience. @nisenemarks.sp #lomaprietaearthquake #lomaprieta30years #nisenemarks #thatsmypark ...

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