A Note from our Executive Director

Our first priority is to ensure the health and safety of our staff, partners and community members. We are closely monitoring the situation and are taking guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, our county health departments, the Governor’s Office, and State Parks leadership. In keeping with those recommendations, our physical office will be closed and our staff will be working from home until further notice. The Donner Visitor Center store is closed and we have suspended programming. We continue to work on behalf of our parks and plan to return to full operations as we weather this crisis. Feel free to contact us at info@SierraStateParks.org with any questions or concerns. Be sure to follow our blog for updates and resources.

Our parks are important for the physical and mental health of our citizens. Throughout the ages, humanity has been challenged by disease and conflicts. California took the lead with the conservation of public lands as the first land managers for Yosemite in 1864, recognizing the value for the long-term health of our society. We are challenged today with the short-term effects of COVID-19, but continue to look to the long-term needs of our park family. This pandemic will pass and the important work of the Sierra State Parks Foundation will continue. We must keep our eyes on the ball. When we emerge from this, let us pledge our resources to the long-term health and sustainability of our Lake Tahoe-Donner California State Parks.

In the meantime, we will keep in touch and share news of our successes and reminders of the value of our parks for inspiration, education, and fun. Please be kind, stay safe, and follow all directives from our health officials. I look forward to the days ahead when we can be together at our parks.

Heidi Doyle, Executive Director