California League of Park Associations  

Partners in park sustainability, education and advocacy!


CALPA Wants You

All non-profit volunteer groups and/or individuals serving the California State Park System are invited to join CALPA, which is founded on the principle that member organizations are independent, but not alone. 

To start enjoying membership benefits, complete our membership application (.pdf), and mail it to us, along with your check. Our tax ID number is 77-0029859. 


You can now use our secure online payment option to become a member today!

You do not have to have a PayPal account to pay online. 
Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover are accepted for payment.

Membership Fees

Board Member Dues

Enjoy the Benefits of Membership Today!

Membership benefits include subscription to the League's quarterly newsletter, access to other valuable League materials, and participation in regional workshops sponsored by the League. Members may call on the League for advice and assistance on special problems, and the League also plans to sponsor joint projects in which members can participate. The League is also available to speak for its member organizations where one collective voice can be effective.


Peer contacts allow members to learn from and support each other.

Representation Process

In order for the League to act as a representative voice for its member associations, members are asked to sign a non-binding statement of support. This statement authorizes the League to speak on matters of concern to the associations. The League's perspective on such matters is derived from the regional representatives' contact with the associations they represent. This agreement does not allow the League to commit members to a course of action without their agreement.

Annual Conference

Held in the last quarter of each year, and hosted by a different member association from throughout the state, the conference is the prime networking opportunity for CALPA members.

Training Workshops

Training workshops are organized and held on a regional basis and cover topics of interest to non-profit organizations.

CALPA Newsletter

Published three to four times a year, the newsletter keeps members abreast of what is happening throughout the State.

Web Site

Our web site is intended as a resource site for State Park volunteer groups with links to SP Cooperating Associations' own web sites.

Upon joining, members with websites are provided with a CALPA badge to identify their relationship with CALPA. Instructions for adding the image and link to CALPA's site will be emailed.


Resource Packs

The League is developing a series of "How to ..." information packs for members. Topics include "... be an advocate and retain your 501(c)(3) status", "... write a press release", "...hire a consultant" and "...develop a web site".

Resource Library

The League is building up a lending library of books, videos and audio cassettes of interest to members.

DPR Liaison

CALPA's Executive Committee has regular meetings with DPR management in the Resources Building to discuss matters of mutual concern and consider opportunities to further work together.

Information Conduit

CALPA acts as a conduit for information from DPR to the associations. CALPA also aims to provide member associations with information on other matters which impact State Parks, such as ballot measures and pending legislation.

Volunteer Hours

CALPA is working with DPR on a mechanism to allow volunteer hours outside the VIP program to be recognized.

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