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By donating to Sierra State Parks Foundation you will receive invitations to special events throughout the California State Parks we serve. But most important, your generosity ensures that our natural and cultural resources are preserved for the future.  

The Sierra State Parks Foundation is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.  Please consider consider a Legacy Gift and join others who have named the Sierra State Parks Foundation in their will. For estate plans or to discuss gifts of appreciated assets, please contact our office at 530.583.9911 or e-mail us

Projects for which we are currently seeking funding: 

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Thank you for supporting your Tahoe area State Parks!

General FundGeneral Fund (We will use your donation where it is needed most)

These Board Designated Funds are directed to the most critical projects identified by our State Park partners. Projects that have been funded in the past include: hiring of park tour guide, educational and maintenance staff,  commissioning of required reports and permits to enable restoration projects to include the Vikingsholm sod roof, the Vikingsholm electricial system, Ehrman Mansion electrical system upgrade, Donner Visitor Center front desk staffing and much more.  In 2014, the Sierra State Parks Foundation designated over $300,000 in support of State Park projects.

Hellman-Ehrman Estate Restoration: South Boathouse Repairs (Goal $85,000)

During the winter of 2012, a fierce storm severly damaged the historic marine railing system at the South Boathouse.  In addtion, damage to the retaining wall and 1903 building has caused closure of the building and the relocation of the vessel, Mercury.  We have completed the engineering plans and are now raising funds to support the permitting and construction.

GREAT NEWS: We have recieved a $40,000 matching grant for this project.  Your money will double its value when you donate today!

Donor WallDonner Visitor Center Fundraising Campaign

Centering on the theme, “Crossing the Sierra Divide,” the new Visitor Center at Donner Memorial State Park is an inspiring tribute to all people who lived in and crossed this physical boundary.  Federal transportation money constructed the building and a state park bond funded the displays.  The State General Fund is able to pay for basic staffing.  We are raising money to bring this building to life! This campaign will ensure that educational programming, volunteer program support and community programming will be available all year long. 

Projects we are raising funds for include:

  • Production of an updated introductory movie
  • Construction of a year-round outdoor educational pavilion
  • Expanding the volunteer and docent program
  • Publishing a comprehensive Teacher’s Guide to the Exhibits

Donation levels over $1,000 will be recognized on the Donor Wall in the Visitor Center foyer.  All donation levels over $50 include a one-year membership to the Sierra State Parks Foundation and other "thank you" gifts at various donation levels. We will be pleased to send you our Donner Fundraising Campaign materials or meet with you to share our vision.

Washoe MeadowsWashoe Meadows Interpretive Trail Signing: (Goal: $25,000)

These funds will be used to design and fabricate three interpretive panels to be placed on the paths that wind through the park. 

Sugar Pine Point XC TrailsOlympic Heritage Snow Trails: (Goal $8,000)

The Sierra State Parks Foundation maintains over 15 KM of groomed trails through the Olympic Trail System at Sugar Pine Point State Park. Past support has enabled the purchase of a groomer, insurance and personnel support.  Please help us to continue this tradition.

Vikingsholm GardensVikingsholm

Vikingsholm, the treasure of Emerald Bay State Park, is 87 years old and feeling her age.  The Sierra State Parks Foundation has been instrumental in funding restoration and maintenance projects, yet the list of projects remains extensive and expensive.  We are seeking funds to restore the gardens to their 1929 glory ($30,000), an engineering report to give us direction to stabilize the south turret ($65,000) and to continue to fund the seasonal restoration maintenance employee ($25,000) who diligently cares for her annual maintenance needs. 

mobile trailerPark on Wheels

We are seeking funding for the creation of a Park on Wheels: an accessible trailer containing quality educational and interpretive exhibits focusing on the natural history of Lake Tahoe and the issue of climate change. We are excited about creating this opportunity to serve our diverse communities and to bring the State Park experience throughout our region. The total cost of this project is $90,000. A $45,000 matching grant has been generously donated by “Annoymous” through the San Francisco Foundation.

The trailer pictured is a similar to what we will be retrofitting.