Parks California – It’s in our nature Donate

Route to Parks Grant

Photo: Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve

We believe everyone deserves a world-class park experience in California and that all can benefit from a lifelong connection with nature. To ensure our state park system is more welcoming, accessible and relevant to all visitors, Parks California is proud to launch the Route to Parks Grants.


City Heights Community Development
Corporation (City Heights CDC)

BLVD to Beach

Ventana Wildlife Society
Ventana Wildlife Society

Sonoma Ecology Center
Increasing Access to SugarloafRidge State Park 

Big City Mountaineers
Deepening Relationships Throughthe Outdoors – A Strengths-Based Partnership Approach

Pukúu Cultural Community Services
TUTCINT Nature Advocates

Regional Parks Foundation (East Bay Regional Parks District)
Parks Express

City Surf Project
City Surf Project Surfing 101

Oxnard Police Activities League, Inc.
Every Kid Needs a Park

Bay Area Wilderness Training
Increasing Equitable Access to State Parks for Bay Area Youth Through Training and Transportation

Earth Team
Asphalt Break!: Outdoor Explorers Program 20-21

City of Dreams
Youth to Parks

Angeles Sierra Club Inspiring Connections Outdoors (ICO)
Angeles/Orange County ICO Outings to State Parks

Latino Outdoors – San Diego
¡Vamos A Los Parques Estatales!

Los Angeles Audubon Society
Explore LA

Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks
Kids2Parks @ Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park

Mendocino Woodlands Camp Association
Mendocino Outdoor Science School (MOSS) – School Bus Acquisition Project

Crystal Cove Conservancy
Project Crystal Community Science at Crystal Cove State Park

Save the Redwoods
North Coast Redwood Education Program

Los Angeles River State Park Partners
Embedding State Parks in Public Transportation Networks for Disadvantaged Communities of Color

Youth Transportation Organization (YOOTS)
Yoots Route to Parks Program

For this round of funding, we are seeking proposals that address the following criteria:

  • Provide transportation to a California state park or beach, and offer a valuable recreational, environmental, cultural, or historical learning experience;
  • Reach communities who may face challenges getting to or enjoying parks;
  • Address those parts of the state with the greatest transportation needs;
  • Preference will be given to programs that:
    • Deliver memorable experiences in state parks through collaboration with other stakeholders by building expertise to deliver programs that they alone would not be able to provide
    • Provide participants with multiple meaningful outdoor experiences in parks
    • Have an innovative transportation approach and can be scaled statewide