This weekend is the California State Parks Association’s “Save Our State Parks” weekend, where parks-supporters are encouraged to visit their favorite state park, take a picture with a banner, and upload it to their site.

But if you wanted a way to offer more hands-on support, Will Rogers State Beach (one of the 80% of parks threatened with closure) is having a volunteer cleanup day on Saturday from 10AM to noon, hosted by Heal the Bay.

Volunteers can park at the beach for $1, and should meet at the north side of the entrance near Temescal Canyon. After signing a few waivers, you’ll be off to comb the sands for stuff that doesn’t belong there! The LA Times blog has a bit more info.

If you were sitting at home, thinking “well, there’s not any state parks near me that would get closed down,” you can think again. The LAist posted a Google map of our local state parks that are up on the chopping block, which includes great hiking spots like Point Mugu, Malibu Creek, and Topanga Canyon State Parks, but also summer hot-spots like Will Rogers, Leo Carillo, Malibu Lagoon, and Robert Meyer Memorial State Beaches … so if the parks close, I hope your favorite part about the Santa Monica Beaches are the crowds, ’cause it’s gonna be packed!

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Image by Here In Van Nuys.

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