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I am a firm believer in educating my children by experience. I am so fortunate to live in California where we are surrounded by amazing state parks and my family and I visit them often. So when I heard the news about SUBWAY® Restaurants “You Share. We Share.” program, I learned that Subway is helping the California State Parks Foundation, as well as other local charities through this program. From now until August 31, 2015, when you eat at SUBWAY® Restaurants on the weekends this summer, a percentage of sales up to $100,000 will go to your local charity. There are more than 1,200 locations participating throughout the USA and Canada so make sure to see which local charity your SUBWAY® Restaurants is supporting.


Like I mentioned before, in San Francisco our local charity is the California State Parks Foundation. The California State Parks Foundation is dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California’s state parks so that they are available and accessible to all visitors. With 130,000 members, California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) is the only statewide independent nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing and advocating for California’s magnificent state parks. Since 1969, CSPF has raised more than $223 million to benefit state parks. CSPF is committed to improving the quality of life for all Californians by expanding access to the natural beauty, rich culture and history, and recreational and educational opportunities offered by California’s 279 state parks—the greatest state parks system in the United States.

Their 279 state parks are an impressive and important system. On average, they draw between 65 and 80 million visits per year. To put that into perspective … the ENTIRE National Parks Service system across the United States gets an estimated 280 million visits per year. The size and complexity of the California state parks system is highly impressive and important by any standard.

One of the largest state parks systems in the United States, California state parks are priceless resources that enrich our state — and the lives of Californians — in many ways:

  • State parks attract 65.5 million visitors each year and generate $6 billion in annual economic activity.
  • With 1.5 million acres of land and 320 miles of protected coastline, state parks offer more than 4,500 miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails; 3,195 historic buildings; and more than 11,000 known prehistoric and historic archaeological sites.
  • Home to native plants and animals found nowhere else; state parks are havens for extraordinary biodiversity that ranks California among the world’s top 25 biological hotspots.

For our family, this is extremely important in making sure our state parks are available to us and we encourage you to join us in eating at our local SUBWAY® Restaurants and support the “You Share. We Share.” Program. Learn more about the California State Parks Foundation HERE and by following them:

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“This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Subway blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.”