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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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Sound on for this one. In case you don’t speak Elephant Seal, this guy wants you to know that tour season begins this Sunday the 15th!! We hope you make it out this winter to spend some time with our seals. Visit our website for ticket info. ...

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Check out this wonderful book that teaches the magic of the Monarch lifecycle and migration. Available at the Natural Bridges ParkStore. #thatsmypark #monarchs #monarchlifecycle #thebutterflygarden #parkstore ...

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Hard to miss the ☀️ when the 🌧 looks like this... 🌲🌫🌲
Raise your hand if you love a good wet weather hike! ✋
Photo 📷 | hightower_rides
#visitsantacruz #santacruznow #santacruz #santacruzmountains #henrycowell #thatsmypark #forest #redwoods #hike #hiking

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The mural at the base of the stairs to Santa Cruz Mission SHP didn’t really need any additional beautification, but these two trees are making it happen! 😁 #thatsmypark #santacruzmissionstatehistoricpark ...

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"Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts." - Rachel Carson ⠀
#naturequotes #thatsmypark #wetlands # rachelcarson #beautyoftheearth

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While we absolutely love our sunsets here at Pigeon Point, our sunrises are definitely just as breathtaking. Plus we get to hang out at our favorite park all day after watching one! 😍🌞⁣

Do you prefer a lighthouse sunrise or a lighthouse sunset?⁣

#pigeonpoint #lighthouse #castateparks #thatsmypark #lightupthefuture

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