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 […]

Hiking in Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is known for its beautiful hiking trails and sometimes it can be overwhelming to find the right trail for the right occasion so lets delve into the plethora of hiking options in the Lake Tahoe Basin. The outdoors are for ALL people so when making the decision on which trail to go explore, […]

Camping in the Sierra State Parks

After being safely holed up at home for so long, its time to get outside and enjoy all the beautiful campgrounds throughout the Lake Tahoe Basin! Before running out of the house, lets consider some helpful information on how to plan a camping trip and how to most respectfully follow Leave No Trace principles to […]

The Parks are Open!

We are so excited that all of our Sierra State Parks are back open! Information about each of our parks can be found on the homepage of our website. Camping at D.L Bliss State Park, Donner Memorial State Park, Sugar Pine Point State Park, and Emerald Bay State Park is open! We are so excited […]

Black Lives Matter

Our Parks Are For Everyone During the 46-year history of the Sierra State Parks Foundation, we have dedicated ourselves to preserving and protecting our State Parks in the Lake Tahoe region. Today we focus our attention on the fact that our public lands may not be welcoming places for all people. No one should feel […]

Welcome to the Team, Stefanie!

The Sierra State Parks Foundation is so excited to bring our first-ever AmeriCorps Member, Stefanie Studen, onto our team through our partnership with the Sierra Nevada AmeriCorps! AmeriCorps was founded in 1965 as the domestic version of the Peace Corps. Just like the military and Peace Corps, AmeriCorp is a form of service to our […]

LEGACY – The Chronicles of Chinese Railroad Workers

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and this year, the US Forest Service released their short film, “Legacy”, “Legacy” is an amazing look into what went into building the Transcontinental Railroad, the contributions of thousands of Chinese Railroad Workers, and just what an engineering feat it was.  We have a special connection […]