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Route to Parks Grants
To ensure our state park system is more welcoming, accessible and relevant to all visitors, Parks California is proud to launch the Route to Parks Grants.
Through the Route to Parks Grants, we aim to improve park access for all Californians so they can create authentic connections with nature. While we understand that addressing the transportation barrier to park access is multifaceted, this initiative intends to support programs that address this barrier with longstanding solutions that are replicable and can measure impact.
Under this grant cycle, Parks California will award grants to programs that reach communities facing challenges getting to or enjoying state parks. Grants will support programs or projects that begin November 1, 2020 and are completed by October 31, 2021.
Reopening California State Parks, COVID-19 Small Grants Program
COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges for the many California state park partners and volunteers working alongside park staff to provide world class experiences to visitors. Reopening California State Parks, COVID-19 Small Grants Program is designed to support the reopening and safe operations of California state park visitor centers, bookstores, museums, and gift shops. This grant is intended for use by current Cooperating Associations and Co-Manager Partners of California State Parks to modify physical park space to promote visitor/employee safety and adherence to social distancing guidelines.
Applications must be received by June 30, 2020 and grant checks will be issued by July 31st, 2020. Current California State Park Cooperating Associations and Co-Manager Partners are encouraged to apply.
Download the grant guidelines here.
Digital Access to State Parks
Not every school can offer educational trips to California’s extraordinary park system. California State Parks’ PORTS: Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students ® provides K-12 classrooms free, direct digital entry to the state’s 280 parks through live, interactive video-conferencing.
We are supporting PORTS, now in its 15th year, to ensure every school district has the opportunity to digitally connect with parks across the state. To date, Parks California has provided technology equipment allowing the program to more than double the number of parks to run live, interactive video-conferencing.
Access the PORTS program here.
Resource Stewardship Initiative
To ensure natural treasures are managed and protected today and for future generations, Parks California launched its Resource Stewardship Initiative. This effort provides the opportunity to work collaboratively and keep pace with the pressures from climate change, growing populations, and other threats to natural and built environments.
Our goal is to expand the capacity of state parks to deliver resource stewardship projects and programs through:
- Increasing job training and skills development to create a pipeline of park stewards and future natural resource employees among untapped populations
- Ensuring State Parks scientists are equipped with the tools and training needed to effectively manage today’s resource challenges
- Strengthening regional partnerships to address natural resources challenges
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