CCSPA is raising money to support educational opportunities in our parks. Your donations go directly towards giving students the tools and access they need to become our parks' future stewards.
"Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you." - Frank Lloyd Wright
Dear friend of our Central Coast State Parks,
When you think of a place where you can experience serenity, beauty and the opportunity to "study, love, and stay close to nature", what comes to mind?
If you are like many of us who cherish our public lands, you think of one of our Central Coast State Parks. They are our “special places.”
Because they provide an offramp from these trying times. Because they lift your spirits and bring you joy. Because they are places where you can encounter wildlife in its natural habitat. Our Central Coast State Parks are “special places” where wildlife is protected and where the unique cultural and historical legacy of this unique coastline is celebrated. They are also places where the opportunity to learn about biodiversity goes hand in hand with an understanding of why the need to protect it is so great. Your year-end gift of $50, $125 or $250 ensures our parks will "never fail you" and will provide access to nature - now and for generations to come.
This year, in order to keep themselves and others safe, volunteer docents and State Park Interpreters have been unable to offer the in-person walks and presentations you love. But that doesn’t mean that interpretive and educational activities aren’t happening. This past summer, CCSPA funded the first-ever “Coastal Explorers: Bridging Youth and Families to Parks Program” hosted by State Park Interpreters. Each student was provided with a kit containing materials corresponding to the program’s curriculum. Using the latest technology, students and their families participated virtually in park-themed science activities, offering them a deeper understanding of the natural and cultural diversity in our parks and inspiring them to become environmental stewards in their own communities. Students learned about ocean biodiversity by studying kelp forests, dissected owl pellets to discover an owl’s diet, and nurtured a California poppy plant in a botany unit. In the words of one parent, “Thank you for providing opportunities that connect our children to nature especially during these difficult and challenging times where we are unable to do so safely due to Covid-19. Thank you for bringing happiness and a breath of fresh air to our doorstep!”
The meaning and importance of programs like these cannot be overstated. By offering virtual educational programs like “Coastal Explorers,” the state parks you love are transformed into science labs, reaching children from diverse backgrounds and locations anywhere in the world. With subjects ranging from botany to stewardship to oceanography, we are giving these children the information to move forward in their lives as lovers of nature, with knowledge and understanding of the need for conservation. Your gift of $25, $50 or $100 will enable more programs like “Coastal Explorers” to foster a lifelong interest in studying nature and caring about our environment.
We hope that soon, our parks will once again bustle with in-person walks, talks, and teaching. But the development of virtual learning opportunities like “Coastal Explorers” has been a silver lining to these challenging times. Your support of CCSPA will ensure that children and families who might never have had a chance to visit our wonderful parks in person will think of these parks as their “special places” too.
Our deepest thanks for your support!
P.S. We’re counting on YOU to give future generations the chance to study, love, and "stay close to nature" in our state parks!
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