SPAN supports efforts to protect state parks

SPAN supports efforts to increase public access to state parks

SPAN supports efforts to strengthen and diversify state park funding

SPAN supports efforts to enhance state parks

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Participate in Park Advocacy Day 2016

Registration is now open for CSPF’s 14th Annual Park Advocacy Day, taking place on Tuesday, May 3rd in Sacramento. We hope you will join us and make sure your organization and state parks are represented!

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State Park Supporters Share Their Great Places

We asked state park supporters to share their favorite state park photos with us to help us tell the story of why California’s State Parks are Great Places. Here are just some of the hundreds of photos we received.

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Great Places for You & Me Infographic

The Great Places for You and Me Infographic was created as part of our “Great Places” campaign to highlight just a few of the many reasons why California’s state parks play an important role in the lives of Californians. The infographic provides an overview of the state park system, and reasons why state parks are great places for students and teachers, local economies and small business and for your health.

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California State Parks in the news…

This Is Your Brain on Nature

When you head out to the desert, David Strayer is the kind of man you want behind the wheel. He never texts or talks on the phone while driving. He doesn’t even approve of eating in the car. A cognitive psychologist at the University of Utah who specializes in attention, Strayer knows our brains are prone to mistakes, especially when we’re multitasking and dodging distractions. Among other things, his research has shown that using a cell phone impairs most drivers as much as drinking alcohol does.

Strayer is in a unique position to understand what modern life does to us. An avid backpacker, he thinks he knows the antidote: Nature.

Friends still helping Palomar Mountain State Park

Three years ago, Palomar Mountain State Park – where generations of campers and hikers have gone to get a taste of the Sierras right here in San Diego County – was threatened with closure do to the budget crunch in Sacramento.
Things looked bleak for the park — one of 70 in the state that officials said were operating in the red— until a group of people came together to help out. They had nothing more in common than fond memories of time spent atop the mountain.