“Working to ensure local state parks and beaches are thriving and available to all.”
Years active: 45
Their story: Founded in 1976, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends) is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of our natural environment and rich cultural history. Friends funds and manages projects, programs and initiatives at more than 30 state parks and beaches in Santa Cruz County and coastal San Mateo County. A partner with California State Parks, Friends works hard to ensure that cherished local parks and beaches are thriving and available to all. Their collaborative community partnership provides support and investment for education, equity and inclusion, conservation, facilities improvements, historic preservation and cultural events.
Fundraising focus: Friends works to preserve state park lands, protect historic and cultural sites, and provide essential funds in support of dynamic programs that inspire and build connections between people and nature.