Urge Governor Newsom to Sign AB 209

Last week the State Legislature successfully passed Assembly Bill 209 (Limón) and now awaits the Governor’s signature. AB 209 works to give more of California’s youth the opportunity to have enriched, meaningful experiences in the outdoors, fostering the future generation of empowered park stewards.

 California is home to some of the most unique and world-famous natural resources. Yet many California youth have not experienced these treasures in their own backyard. This bill establishes a program that will work to ensure that every Californian, especially youth, can experience the crucial health and wellness benefits that our more than 280 state parks provide.

AB 209 would require the Director of Parks and Recreation to establish the Outdoor Equity Grants Program to increase the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor environmental educational experiences at state parks and other public lands.

Green spaces provide innumerable benefits. Time outdoors has proven positive impacts on health, happiness and overall quality of life. By increasing access to state parks for youth, we are working to foster the next generation healthier Californians and empowered parks stewards.

Join us in requesting Governor Newsom sign AB 209 into law to ensure a parks system that is open and available for the health and wellness of California’s youth.

 

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RE: Assembly Bill 209 (Limón) SUPPORT

Dear [Decision Maker],

I'm writing to support and request your signature on Assembly Bill 209 (Limón). AB209 represents a critical step forward in addressing the barriers to access that impact many of our state's underserved communities and will work to establish a healthier future generation of Californians.

California is home to some of the most unique and world-famous natural resources. Yet many California youth have not experienced these treasures in their own backyard. And while health concerns for our youth continue to increase, our future generations need parks and the critical wellness benefits they offer now more than ever. These pieces of legislation are an important step towards beginning to address systemic barriers to access that are preventing Californians, especially youth and those from disadvantaged communities, from getting outside. These barriers come in many forms financial, transportation, cultural or language but result in the same thing: limited access to state park's health and wellness benefits.

AB 209 would require the Director of Parks and Recreation to establish the Outdoor Equity Grants Program to increase the ability of underserved and at-risk populations to participate in outdoor environmental educational experiences at state parks and other public lands. In short, this bill establishes a program that will work to ensure that every Californian, especially youth, can experience the crucial benefits that our more than 280 state parks provide.

We respectfully request your signature on AB 209 to ensure a parks system that is open and available for the health and wellness of California's youth.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]
[Your Email]

California State Parks Foundation

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