Staycation 2020

Enjoy outdoor spaces despite current challenges


Safe, social-distanced activities are available at local state parks and beaches

Introducing #Staycation2020, an effort to help locals in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties rediscover their local state parks and beaches during the COVID-19 pandemic that has curtailed travel for many.

All summer and through the end of 2020, Staycation2020 will share day trip ideas for residents of Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, the area where Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks partners with California State Parks to co-manage 32 state parks and beaches. Local state parks and beaches provide a diverse array of redwood forests, rocky pocket beaches, rolling hills, expansive bayside beaches and preserved historic properties.

The Staycation2020 campaign will highlight local parks and beaches, share insider tips and encourage healthy activities for park visitors of all ages. There also will be incentives for sharing Staycation experiences and photos on social media. Follow Friends on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more details, and use #Staycation2020 and #ThatsMyPark on photos when you visit a local state park or beach.

Visitors also help support local state park and beaches by paying parking fees, most of which stay local to help Friends fund local jobs, maintenance, educational programming and more.

Get information about the current status of parks and beaches on the COVID-19 Update page.

Share your #StateParksStaycation photos for a chance to win a prize

Now’s the time for locals in San Mateo and Santa Cruz counties to rediscover local state parks and beaches with Staycation2020 and have a chance to win a State Parks annual day-use pass.

Share photos on social media (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) using #StateParksStaycation and #ThatsMyPark to be entered for a chance to win a Golden Poppy Pass. Entries will be accepted through September 30, 2020, and all entries are required to follow the contest rules below.

Follow Friends on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for more details, and use #StateParksStaycation and #ThatsMyPark on photos when you visit a local state park or beach.


Contest Rules: Must be 18 to enter. Photos must be shared on a public account. Entries will be accepted through September 30, 2020. The photo must be in its original state and cannot be altered in any way, including but not limited to removing, adding, reversing, or distorting subjects within the frame. Entries will not be accepted unless submitted via the official contest channels or after the contest’s end date. Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks reserves the right to disqualify any entry that is deemed inappropriate or does not conform to stated contest rules. By entering the contest, entrants agree that photos submitted can be used by Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks for future promotional purposes. One winner will be randomly selected and notified by direct message within one week of the contest’s end date. If no response is received after three business days, a new winner will be selected and the previous winner will forfeit all rights to the prize. The prize must be collected by the winner and is non-transferable. This contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law. Employees of Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks are not eligible to enter.