Press Release from California State Parks: State Agencies Announce Steps to Address Discriminatory Names, Inequities in State Parks and Transportation System Features

Broader Representation, Transparency Also Planned for California Advisory Committee on Geographic Names SACRAMENTO – California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot, State Parks Director Armando Quintero and Department of Transportation Director Toks Omishakin today announced a series of actions to identify and redress discriminatory names of features attached to the State Parks and transportation systems. Agencies also will […]

Pioneer Monument Restoration Milestone

This past Monday was the ribbon cutting ceremony to commemorate a huge milestone in restoring the 102-year-old Pioneer Monument at Donner Memorial State Park. We at the Sierra State Parks Foundation along with California State Parks and the Native Sons of the Golden West co-hosted a virtual ribbon cutting event to celebrate the awarding of […]

A Message from Executive Director, Heidi Doyle

Hello all, Please see the attached notice below that cause firewood sales to be suspended until further notice. Several California State Parks are impacted by the California fires, including Big Basin which has lost its historic core of buildings. Many of our local State Park employees are now deployed at other units to assist with evacuations […]

California State Parks Press Release: State Parks Closes Park Units Due to Ongoing Wildfires

State Parks Issues Full, Partial Closures of Park Units Due to Ongoing Wildfires California’s Oldest State Park, Big Basin Redwoods, Extensively Damaged  SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California State Parks issued full or partial closures today for more than two dozen parks due to the ongoing wildfires burning across much of the state. Camping reservation holders impacted by the […]

Women in the Parks

This August 18th is the 100th Anniversary of the Ratification of the 19th Amendment. The 19th Amendment prohibited denying the right to vote to citizens of the United States on the basis of sex, in other words, it gave women the right to vote. Florence Hellman Ehrman In 1903, Isiah Wolf Hellman completed his summer […]

Songs “Across the Plains” Lyrics

A Song Cycle based on Virginia Reed Murphy’s  memoir “Across the Plains in the Donner Party: A Personal Narrative of the Overland Trip to California” PLAYLIST I’s Only Twelve But I Remember It Well Platte River Valley (instrumental) Billy: A Treasure So Kind Please Mr. Hastings Twenty Wells, Utah Oh How the Wagon Wheel Becomes […]

SSPF Covid-19 Resilience Fund

Dear Friends, A visit to our Lake Tahoe and Donner State Parks is an integral part of who we and the setting of connections we make with our families and friends. Our parks have been described as a magical place and oasis for the spirit. Thankfully, the gates to the parks are open, but we […]