Give back to your mother this month by volunteering to clean up some of our local state parks on Earth Day.

On Saturday, April 22, 40 state parks across California will participate in the 19th Annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup; more than 4,000 volunteers are needed to help with projects across our 280 state parks. Projects include: Installing food storage lockers at campgrounds; repairing fences and gates; planting native and drought-tolerant plants; installing rain barrels; and removing trash.

"Earth Day is definitely one of my favorite days of the year," says Susan Smartt, interim executive director of California State Parks Foundation. "I am deeply moved to see people from across California working together to restore our treasured parks that are near and dear to us all."

PG&E is providing a $200,000 grant to CSPF for the supplies and materials needed to complete 10 Earth Day projects in Northern and Central California. Local project sites include:

  • Angel Island State Park – Marin County
  • Candlestick Point State Recreation Area – San Francisco County
  • Folsom Lake State Recreation Area – Sacramento County
  • Half Moon Bay State Beach – San Mateo County
  • Henry W. Coe State Park – Santa Clara County
  • McConnell State Recreation Area – Merced County
  • Millerton Lake State Recreation Area – Fresno County
  • Montaña de Oro State Park – San Luis Obispo County
  • Mt. Diablo State Park – Contra Costa County
  • Sonoma Coast State Beach – Sonoma County

To volunteer on Earth Day, visit calparks.org/earthday or call 1-415-262-4400. Space is limited, so advance registration is required. Parking fees are waived for Earth Day volunteers.