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Our Mission

California’s rich history and majestic beauty – timeless mountains, sparkling waves, stately redwoods, historic parks, and new urban parks – need our help to preserve and protect them for generations to come.

California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) has been working tirelessly in pursuit of that vision since our founding in 1969 by William Penn Mott, Jr., former director of California’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the National Park Service. In that time we’ve grown – from a small, but eager, organization – to the largest and most influential statewide nonprofit dedicated to enhancing, advocating for and protecting our 280 state parks across California.

In large part through our work the park system has grown into one of the most expansive systems in the entire country. California’s state parks offer an astonishing variety of landscapes and experiences:

  • 5 million acres of pristine land, a sanctuary for delighting in nature
  • 320 miles of protected and magnificent coastline
  • 4,500 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails for encountering nature’s stillness and splendor
  • 3,195 buildings of historic significance
  • 11,000 known prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, honoring our past

Your generous support will help us protect this priceless heritage, keeping our parks open and accessible to all of us who revel in a special connection with nature or a fascinating sojourn in an earlier era.