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Last updated 5/22/2015 at 3:24pm

For the first time in its history, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park was the site of the 2015 California League of Park Associations (CALPA) Conference from April 9 - 12. More than 100 people from all over California came to the desert to learn more about how they can maximize their partnerships with California State Parks throughout the state. CALPA is an organization dedicated to supporting the Cooperating Associations of California State Parks. Last year CALPA organizations contributed over $13 million to California's State Parks. Anza-Borrego Foundation gave nearly $1 million in support of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.

"The theme of this year's conference was 'Thinking Big: Realizing the Possibilities with California State Parks' and there's no better place to think big than in Anza-Borrego!" said CALPA President Carolyn Christian. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park is California's largest state park.

This year's conference was hosted by the four Cooperating Associations supporting the local state parks: Anza-Borrego Foundation supporting Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Cuyamaca Rancho State Park Interpretive Association supporting Cuyamaca Rancho State Park, Friends of Ocotillo Wells supporting Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area, and Sea and Desert Interpretive Association supporting Salton Sea State Recreation Area.

Thinking Big was a timely theme for the group. "California State Parks is under a lot of pressure to make major changes and improve its efficiency, and the department is looking towards the cooperating associations to help usher in that change," reports Christian.

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