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By Miriam Raftery

March 29, 2017 (San Diego’s East County) -- The California State Parks Foundation invites you to volunteer to help a local state park get ready for the summer season this Earth Day,  April 22nd from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Spring flowers have brought splashes of color across the sunny slopes and green pastures of parks around California. After a record-breaking season of winter rains, California’s state parks are flush with wildflowers and wildlife. Winter has transitioned to spring and that means it’s also time for some spring cleaning.  This year marks the 19th year of Earth Day spring cleaning in our state parks.

It is easy to take our amazing state parks for granted. But these parks—your parks—would not exist without the support of volunteers like you who work to ensure that parks remain vibrant, welcoming and accessible to all.

Over the years, the California State Park Foundation’s Earth Day program has provided state parks with much-needed grant funding and the people power needed to complete maintenance and improvement projects.

In addition to removing invasive plant species and planting natives, volunteers are needed to clean up camp sites, trails, beaches and fencing.

So this Earth Day, you can Visit a state park and make a positive difference for our planet and our community.

In San Diego County, you can volunteer this Earth Day at the following state parks:

Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Carlsbad State Beach, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, San Elijo State Beach, San Pasqual Battlefield State Historic Park, or Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve and Beach.

To sign up and get more information, you can visit