Newsroom

November 22, 2018
Visit Santa Cruz County: Holiday Gift Guide
November 21, 2018
My Scott's Valley: Annual ParkStore Holiday Sale benefits State Parks
November 20, 2018
Press Release: Annual Parkstore Holiday Sale To Be Held at Four Local State Parks and Beaches Nov 30 & Dec 1-2
November 13, 2018
Aptos Community News: History Sharing Day at Castro Adobe
November 12, 2018
History-sharing day planned at Castro Adobe
October 26, 2018
Press Release: Calling All History Buffs — Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Hosts History-Sharing Day at Castro Adobe State Historic Park
September 3, 2018
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Emma Pinto Valdez continues to bring her family’s mole to the annual Mole and Mariachi Festival
August 31, 2018
Register-Pajaronian: ‘Pennies for Parks’ program launched
August 20, 2018
Press Release: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Launches New "Pennies For Parks" Program
August 16, 2018
Press Release: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks’ Free Community Celebration Features Mole Tasting Competition, Mariachi Bands, Folkloric Dancers, Kids Activities & More
June 15, 2018
Aptos Times: 'Libro Castro' Benefit
June 7, 2018
Press Release: "Libro Castro" Benefit Celebrates Launch of Updated Castro Adobe Book
May 1, 2018
Register Pajaronian: State parks' advocates to fund school field trips
April 30, 2018
Aptos Times: Friends Launches Kids2Parks
March 30, 2018
Bay Nature: The New California State Parks
March 29, 2018
Press Release: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Launches Kids2Parks, A New Field Trip Program in Partnership with California State Parks
February 15, 2018
Capitola-Soquel Times: California State Parks Awards
January 31, 2018
Aptos Times: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks & Local California State Park Staff Honored with Awards
November 30, 2017
KCBS Radio: Bear and Bull Fight Ring Discovered
November 22, 2017
Press Release: Annual ParkStore Holiday Sale to be Held at Four Local State Parks and Beach Dec. 1-3
September 9, 2017
Latin Bay Area: Mole & Mariachi Festival
September 5, 2017
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Mole & Mariachi Festival celebrates fifth year at Santa Cruz Mission
August 22, 2017
NBC Bay Area: Mole & Mariachi Festival: Santa Cruz Celebration
August 9, 2017
Press Release: Mole & Mariachi Festival features mole tasting competition, authentic Mexican food, mariachi music, folkorico dancing, kids activities & more
June 29, 2017
Press Release: Public Invited to Explore Pacific Migrations Visitor Center at New Brighton State Beach
June 10, 2017
Hilltromper: Boho Castro
June 7, 2017
Santa Cruz Sentinel: 'Boho Castro' celebrates the Jowers family and Santa Cruz's cultural past
June 6, 2017
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Lunch at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
June 3, 2017
Press Release: Food Vendors Announced for Summer 'PopUp Picnics in the Park' at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
May 31, 2017
Press Release: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks announces Public Archaeology Day on June 3 at Castro Adobe State Historic Park
May 23, 2017
Press Release: 'Boho Castro,' a Bohemian-themed party, celebrates the artistic roots of South County's Castro Adobe
May 17, 2017
Press Release: State Parks annual passes now available online from Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
May 10, 2017
Press Release: Kick off summer special events with 'Movie at the Mission'
April 13, 2017
Register Pajaronian: History comes alive; Castro Adobe event to highlight Vaquero tradition
April 11, 2017
Aptos Community News: Vaqueros on the Rancho
April 10, 2017
Press Release: Vaqueros on the Rancho event highlights ranching heritage at Castro Adobe State Historic Park
March 29, 2017
Press Release: Food vendors sought for summer 'Popup Picnics in the Park'
March 27, 2017
Santa Cruz Style: California Vaqueros' Home on the Range
March 9, 2017
Press Release: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks develops bilingual curriculum for Castro Adobe State Historic Park
March 2, 2017
Press Release: Volunteers sought for Moore Creek restoration day at Natural Bridges State Beach
November 26, 2016
Hilltromper: 2016 Friends Holiday Sale
November 21, 2016
Press Release: Annual Holiday ParkStore Sale to be hosted at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
September 10, 2016
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Mole & Mariachi Festival brings flavor to Santa Cruz park
September 10, 2016
KION: Dozens attend Santa Cruz Mole and Mariachi Festival
September 7, 2016
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Mole meets mariachi at Santa Cruz food/music festival
September 6, 2016
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Mole and Mariachi Festival: Enjoy the tastes, sounds of Mexico at Santa Cruz Mission
September 6, 2016
Edible Monterey Bay: Mole & Mariachi Fest Offers Spicy Good Time
September 2, 2016
Hilltromper: 4th Mole & Mariachi Festival
August 31, 2016
Press Release: Ten Mole Chefs to Compete at Mole & Mariachi Festival
August 29, 2016
Santa Cruz Life: 4th Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival: Sept. 10, 2016
August 17, 2016
NBC Bay Area: Mole & Mariachi Fest: A Park-Nice Fundraiser
August 12, 2016
Press Release: Mole & Mariachi Festival returns for fourth year with authentic Mexican food, mariachi music, dancing and more
July 20, 2016
Register Pajaronian: Making a connection
July 18, 2016
Press Release: Castro-Coastal Connections Shares Pajaro Valley History
June 9, 2016
Santa Cruz student-designed public mural commemorates park anniversary
June 9, 2016
Press Release: Save the Date for the 2016 Mole & Mariachi Festival
May 17, 2016
Press Release: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park Marks 25th Anniversary with Showcase of Student Mission Projects & Mural Installation
May 6, 2016
Press Release: Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park Mural Contest Winners Announced
March 18, 2016
Hilltromper: Someone Please Help This Wall!
March 14, 2016
Press Release: Mural Design Contest Announced for Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
January 28, 2016
Aptos Community News: Castro Adobe 2016 Open House Dates Announced
January 26, 2016
Press Release: Castro Adobe 2016 Open House Dates Announced
January 25, 2016
Press Release: Naturalist-Led Backpacking Tours to be Offered
December 17, 2015
Press Release: Peet's Coffee to collect donations for Friends through Christmas Eve
December 6, 2015
Aptos Community News: Castro Adobe State Historic Park
December 6, 2015
Hilltromper: The 2015 Friends Holiday Sale
November 30, 2015
My Scotts Valley: Annual ParkStore Holiday Sale is this weekend!
November 30, 2015
Press Release: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Hosts Annual ParkStore Holiday Sale at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
October 28, 2015
Aptos Times: Open House at Castro Adobe
October 6, 2015
Press Release: Fall Open House Days offered at Castro Adobe State Historic Park
October 1, 2015
Press Release: From Military Service to Green Service: Veterans Conservation Corps for Cotoni-Coast Dairies
September 19, 2015
Santa Cruz Waves: The 3rd Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival
September 19, 2015
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Santa Cruz Mole and Mariachi Fest continues to see growth
September 15, 2015
Hilltromper: 3rd Mole & Mariachi Festival
September 15, 2015
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Secret Sauce: Mole festival, contest celebrate the historic roots of a classic dish
September 11, 2015
Examiner: Santa Cruz hosts family-friendly Mole & Mariachi festival
September 7, 2015
Mercury News: Mole Mania
September 3, 2015
My Scotts Valley: Chefs and Judges Announced for Third-Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival
September 3, 2015
Press Release: Mole Competitors Announced for 3rd Annual Mole & Mariachi Festival
August 13, 2015
NBC Bay Area: Santa Cruz Fun: Mole & Mariachi Festival
August 13, 2015
Press Release: 3rd annual Mole & Mariachi Festival Features Mariachi Bands, Baile Folklórico, Authentic Food and Mole Tasting Competition
July 28, 2015
Hilltromper: Castro Adobe Receives Grant
July 19, 2015
Santa Cruz Sentinel: State Parks continues free concerts at New Brighton Beach; Friends wins grant for Castro Adobe
July 17, 2015
Aptos Community News: Castro Adobe Receives $100,000 Grant
July 16, 2015
Press Release: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Receives $100K Grant From the Monterey Peninsula Foundation for Ongoing Restoration of Castro Adobe
June 15, 2015
Press Release: Stop and Smell the Daisies at the Sixth Annual Kitayama Brothers Farms Gerbera Festival on June 20
June 7, 2015
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Coastlines: Castro Adobe Open House Dates Announced
June 1, 2015
Press Release: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks to Host Open House Days at Castro Adobe State Historic Park
May 26, 2015
Hilltromper: Mylo Jenkins at The Mission Adobe
May 6, 2015
Hilltromper: State Park Nonprofits Hope To Dust Bust Fire Road
May 2, 2015
Aptos Community News: Help Dust Off the Nisene Marks Fire Road
April 29, 2015
Press Release: Who You Gonna Call? Dust Busters!
April 22, 2015
Santa Cruz Life: Music, Art, Movies and Mole Sauce: Free Summer Series at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
April 13, 2015
Hilltromper: Music, Mole and Mini Fashion Moguls
April 9, 2015
Santa Cruz Waves: Music, Art, Movies and Mole Sauce
April 7, 2015
Press Release: Music, Art, Movies and Mole Sauce: the Free Summer Series Starts May 1 at Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
April 13, 2015
Hilltromper: Misson Adobe Gets Its Virtual Closeup
March 21, 2015
Santa Cruz Tech Beat: Mission Adobe Digitally Preserved Using 3D Scanning
March 18, 2015
Press Release: Mission Adobe at Santa Cruz State Historic Park to be Digitally Preserved Using 3D Scanning by Oakland-Based CyArk, University of San Francisco
January 22, 2015
Press Release: State Parks Annual Passes Available at Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park
December 3, 2014
Hilltromper: The 2014 Friends Holiday Sale
December 3, 2014
Hilltromper: Help Paint the Wilder Victorian
December 1, 2014
Press Release: Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park Expands Hours, Hosts ParkStore Holiday Sale
November 26, 2014
Hilltromper: Meet Augie Ceballos
October 20, 2014
Hilltromper: Wilder Ranch 40th Birthday
October 19, 2014
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Wilder Ranch State Park to celebrate 40th anniversary
October 14, 2014
KSBW: Beautiful monarch butterflies return to Santa Cruz (video)
October 13, 2014
Press Release: Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Wilder Ranch State Park at the annual Heritage Harvest Festival
September 20, 2014
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Mole and Mariachi Fest a hit in Santa Cruz
September 17, 2014
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Olé for mole: Mole & Mariachi Festival looks to get at essence of traditional sauce
September 17, 2014
Good Times: Olé Mole
September 16, 2014
KION: Santa Cruz Mission hosts 2nd annual Mole and Mariachi Festival Saturday
September 15, 2014
SantaCruzLife.com: Mole & Mariachi Festival at the Mission Santa Cruz
September 10, 2014
SanJose.Com: Mole & Mariachi Festival Slated for Santa Cruz
September 10, 2014
Hilltromper: The Return of Mole & Mariachis
September 8, 2014
NBC Bay Area: Santa Cruz Celebration: Mariachis, Mole, and Mojigangas
September 3, 2014
Santa Cruz County Conference and Visitors Council Blog: Fall Festival Events
August 27, 2014
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Quick Bites: Mole Festival seeks masters of mole
August 27, 2014
Good Times: Outdoor Feasts
August 27, 2014
Patch: Live music, 'mojiganga' puppets, dancing on tap for second annual Mole Mariachi Festival
August 26, 2014
July 21, 2014
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Panel wants overhaul of state's parks system
July 2, 2014
Santa Cruz Sentinel: The encyclopedia of Wilder Ranch
July 1, 2014
Press Release: Mole & Mariachi Festival Returns to Santa Cruz Mission Adobe State Historic Park in September
June 2, 2014
Hilltromper: 10 Reasons to Love The Castro Adobe
May 30, 2014
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Progress on historic Castro Adobe restoration celebrated
May 29, 2014
Press Release: Castro Adobe Welcomes Visitors for Open House
May 23, 2014
Hilltromper: Friends of SC State Parks Honored
May 2, 2014
Hilltromper: Sweet Summertime at the Mission Adobe
March 18, 2014
Hilltromper: Teaching Kids About Science via PORTS,
March 14, 2014
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Virtually a classroom: Seacliff program beams interactive video conference presentations throughout state
March 13, 2014
Press Release: Friends-funded State Parks Virtual Classroom Program Honored with Excellence in Museum Education Award
January 31, 2014
Hilltromper: A Migration Festival for the Books
November 14, 2013
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Not just any old map will do for Santa Cruz County
November 8, 2013
Santa Cruz Sentinel: National Geographic creates new Santa Cruz area trail map
November 6, 2013
Press Release: National Geographic’s New Santa Cruz “Trails Illustrated” Map to be Celebrated at Release Party, Presented by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks and Hilltromper
October 14, 2013
Hilltromper: Mmm-mmm Mole
October 4, 2013
Good Times: Festive Times – Mole & Mariachi Festival
September 30, 2013
Hilltromper: Mole & Mariachis
September 11, 2013
Hilltromper: For State Parks, A Whole New Direction
September 9, 2013
Remarks by Bonny Hawley, Exec. Dir. of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Parks Forward Workshop, Santa Cruz
June 25, 2013
Bay Nature: Who can resist a California state park when dinner and dancing is involved?
May 9, 2013
Press Release: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Announces 2013 Mission Adobe Summer Series of Community Events
February 22, 2013
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Once near closing, Santa Cruz Mission now a hive of activity
February 22, 2013
Press Release: Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks Announces Key Improvements to Santa Cruz Mission State Historic Park
January 10, 2013
City on a Hill Press: Painting an Awareness of Nature
November 1, 2012
Register Pajaronian: State parks advocates tout Proposition 30
October 30, 2012
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Advocates hope to safeguard lifeguards
October 30, 2012
Press Release: State Beach Lifeguards to be Eliminated if Prop 30 Fails
October 15, 2012
Patch: A Colorful History: Bear-Bull Fights, 'Zip Horses' and Fandangos
October 4, 2012
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Raising the Mission's profile: After near-closure, group hopes to promote historic site
August 4, 2012
Santa Cruz Sentinel: Nisene Marks marks 50 years