Support a Program

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Beyond Friends – Support a Program

Want to make a larger impact in our Central Coast State Parks? Your additional donation to CCSPA will go directly to a specific cause or program in our local State Parks.  Choose a one time donation or help sustain a program by donating monthly. To donate, send us a check with the program name in the memo line. Or, donate online and select a program in the drop-down menu.

When you donate $400 or more to a program (or donate $35/month for a year), we invite you to be a part of our Stewardship Society and enjoy an exclusive Stewardship Society item as well as special offers and early access on event tickets.

School Group Transportation

CCSPA provides funding towards the transportation costs incurred when school groups travel to our parks for field trips. These trips occur out of the Morro Bay Museum of Natural History, Pismo State Beach Monarch Butterfly Grove, or the Oceano Dunes Visitor Center at Pismo State Beach. The field trips are led by our highly trained State Parks Interpreters or docents, and are free of charge. However, the cost to transport the students to our sites is often prohibitive for many schools. The grants provide a reimbursement for up to 50% of the transportation cost for schools serving lower income and underprivileged students. California State Parks and the Central Coast State Parks Association need your help to continue this benefit offered to schools and their students.

Western Monarch Butterfly Outreach

Your generous gift helps raise awareness about the plight of the western monarch. With your help, we will be able to create more trail markers and interpretive panels, advocate for the rehabilitation of overwintering sites, and promote the use of native and pollinator-friendly plants. Thank you in advance for your support and for helping us spread our wings!

Cultural and Living History

Our cultural and natural history is an integral part of who we are and should not be forgotten. State Park historians, archaeologists, interpreters, docents and volunteers provide a valuable glimpse into our past. Together we can continue to support keeping our past alive through the art of storytelling. Your donation helps support living history at the Spooner Ranch House and Northern Chumash and Salinan education at our local State Parks.

Morro Bay Museum of Natural History

The Morro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History hosts a number of exhibits and programs that inform children and adults alike about the Morro Bay estuary’s magnificent ecosystem. In the past year, CCSPA has honored the Museum by renewing its “spirit”. Sea life murals, new exhibits, children’s programs, and new educational merchandise are just a few of the new additions we have funded. More hands-on, interactive ideas are in the works, including traveling exhibits and cutting-edge hands-on activities. With your support, these additions to the museum will provide meaningful, memorable educational opportunities for the thousands of visitors who come to the museum each year.

Guided Interpretive Experiences

CCSPA helps fund the guided interpretive experiences hosted at the California State Parks in San Luis Obispo County. For many, some of our fondest memories are attending the campfire program offered at our favorite campground. Today many of us still enjoy the comradery of a guided birding hike or reading an interpretive sign to learn about the natural resources on a new trail or park. During COVID-19 our State Parks continued to offer distance learning opportunities and virtual programs. As health and safety guidelines evolve, these in-person programs are gradually returning for all to enjoy. Together we can continue to support the wonderful programming offered at each of our Central Coast State Parks.

Conservation Outreach Support

When you choose this as your program of support, you are contributing to the success of our conservation efforts. Programs like SeaLife Stewards, Sea Otter Experience, Pismo clam outreach, and more all benefit from your donation. CCSPA also supports and sustains efforts to preserve species of concern like the western snowy plover, black oystercatcher, and more.

Mind Walks Lecture Series

The Virtual Mind Walk program has been hosted in person for many years in Morro Bay from January to March in collaboration with California State Parks. COVID has given us the opportunity to expand our topics, audience and speakers as we offer a virtual version: Virtual Mind Walks. These free, online presentations feature a variety of subject matter from experts covering topics aimed at stretching the mind of the avid lifelong learner. This lecture series offers twice monthly educational opportunities devoted to recreational, natural, and cultural history topics as they relate to the Central Coast.

Continuing Education

As educators, the work of State Park interpreters and docents is continually evolving, and ongoing training is essential. While California State Parks believes in supporting continuing education for their staff, these are funds that often get cut during tight budgets. Please consider supporting the continuing education of our interpreters and docents.

Area of Greatest Need

Your donation will go towards CCSPA’s ongoing support of our parks.