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


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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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 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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At sunset on this day 147 years ago, the Pigeon Point Lighthouse was lit for the very first time. Since then, our lighthouse has continued to help mariners safely navigate their way along the treacherous California coast.⁣

Come help us celebrate this landmark of local history tomorrow, from 1-7 PM, with live music, a food truck, information booths, a maritime author and historian book signing, the San Mateo County Library's Lookmobile, Kinetic Steam Works' 1900's printing press, and - to top it all off - tours of the base of the Lighthouse Tower itself.⁣

#pigeonpoint #lighthouse #castateparks #thatsmypark #lightupthefuture

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Tomorrow is the 146th anniversary of Pigeon Point Lighthouse! From 1-7, there will be tours, music, face painting, kids' activities, and even a food truck!! We hope to see you there. #pigeonpointlighthouse #celebration #thatsmybeach #thatsmypark ...

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And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul. - John Muir #TGIF #forestrecharge #trailrun #lovetorun #lovetheforest #thatsmypark #nisenemarks #happyfriday ...

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