Support the Regional Parks Foundation
From sunlit shores to shade-covered hillsides, the East Bay Regional Park District spans 120,536 acres in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, offering experiences as diverse as the land itself.
Gifts of support to the Regional Parks Foundation provide recreational opportunities, ensure the natural beauty of the land, and protect wildlife habitats and restore our park facilities to their original beauty. With your gift, you'll provide a world of discovery and enjoyment right in your own backyard.
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As the only private support organization for the East Bay Regional Park District, the Foundation sponsors programs that benefit literally thousands of people, among them disabled kids, homeless kids, at-risk teens, teachers, single moms and the elderly:
This top priority program of the Regional Parks Foundation raises funds to provide camping scholarships for youngsters from low-income families residing within Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. These scholarships, also know as "Camperships," offer a one-of-a-kind experience in the Regional Parks to at-risk and disabled youth who otherwise would not be able to attend camp during the summer or participate in outdoor environmental education during the academic school year.
In addition to offering a variety of summer day camping options throughout the East Bay Regional Park District, the Foundation also supports classrooms of students in the 5th and 6th grades to embark on a week-long outdoor retreat at Camp Arroyo in Livermore, a state-of-the-art "green" facility where school-aged children come to learn about the environment and conservation while at the same time meeting their educational requirements set forth by the State of California.
Campership funds also support Sunshine Scholarships to both low-income children and adults who wish to take part in the Park District's naturalist programs for which fees are charged. The goal of the overall Campership Program is to provide an equal opportunity for our East Bay residents to participate in Park District programs and activities so that no one is turned away due to limited financial resources.
- Parks Express
Low-cost transportation is provided to organized groups, making it possible for under-represented populations to enjoy a day in the Regional Parks. Disabled children's fishing derbies and inter-generational special events are also funded.
- Environmental Restoration
Funds are raised from a variety of sources, including corporate gifts, to conduct a variety of habitat restoration projects in various Regional Parks. Nine separate projects are currently underway, including black rail, least tern, Caspian tern, California quail, grasslands, and amphibian habitat restoration. All restoration projects involve hands-on volunteer opportunities for all ages, and include schoolchildren and work groups from several East Bay corporations.
- Planned Giving
The East Bay Regional Park District is committed to preserving lands for the enjoyment and education of the public. Through the years, the Park District and the Foundation have benefited through the generosity of donors who prefer to make tax-deductible gifts to the Park District through the Foundation. Moreover, the Foundation continues to develop its Leaving a Legacy program by helping donors with financial and estate planning assistance in their pursuit to provide lasting support for the Regional Parks.