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Courtney's SandCastle - A universally accessible playground and sensory garden. Providing outdoor areas with sensory stimulation can encourage mental development, health improvements, emotional growth and social integration, in addition to increasing the learning motivation of a child.

The park offers different sounds, touches and smells for all kids, especially those with disabilities and also could appeal to wounded military service members returning to Camp Pendleton, offering them a place to take their children in a fully accessible setting.

The San Clemente Garden Club has purchased and painted tiles in support of this new garden located at the Vista Hermosa Sports Park in San Clemente.

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Anza-Borrego Foundation - The mission of Anza-Borrego Foundation is to protect and preserve the natural landscapes, wildlife habitat and cultural heritage of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations. This non-profit organization supports California State Parks by acquiring land for the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park through donation or by purchase of educational materials at the Visitor Center and State Park Store.

Blue Star Memorial - Blue Star Memorial Highways are highways in the United States that are marked to pay tribute to the U.S. armed forces. The National Council of State Garden Clubs, now known as National Garden Clubs, Inc., started the program in 1945 after World War II. The blue star was used on service flags to denote a service member fighting in the war. The program has since been expanded to include Memorial Markers and Memorial By-ways (since 1994). These markers are used in National Cemeteries, parks, veterans facilities, and gardens.

Bluebird Recovery - Over the years, bluebirds have lived and reproduced in California, however, development in rural areas has destroyed much of their preferred habitat. Now their numbers are declining and we must take action to reverse the trend and prevent their total disappearance. The Recovery program includes collecting nestbox data, the selection of good habitat, and the provision of proper nestboxes to make an impact on the survival rate and numbers of bluebirds.

Casa Romantica Cultural Center and Gardens - Located in the spectacular bluff-top Spanish Colonial Revival oceanfront estate of the founder of San Clemente. Serving more than 15,000 adults and youth annually, Casa Romantica provides a year-round array of exciting and enriching cultural and educational programs for all ages, events for the community and visitors to south Orange County plus tours of the historic estate and award-winning gardens.

Marine Memorial Monument at Park Semper Fi - The United States Marine Corps has been a valuable neighbor of San Clemente since the early 1940's when the Marine Base was established and dedicated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The design of a Marine in “Dress Blues” was chosen as a permanent reminder of our respect and appreciation for all Marines be it Past, Present, or Future.

National Garden Week - Garden clubs commemorate the first full week in June as National Garden Week by sponsoring a variety of community events.

Penny Pines and Reforestation - National Garden Clubs Inc. and the U.S. Forest Service began working together in 2002 to raise money for the service's Penny Pines program, which replants damaged national forests in California. Trees help the ground store precious water, protect against soil erosion, and add to the scenic beauty of the national forests. Donations from the club will go to buy seedlings and prepare sites.

San Clemente Arbor Day - National Arbor Day inspiring people to plant, nuture, and celebrate trees.

San Clemente Earth Day - Earth Day reminds us we all share the same planet. Learning about and protecting its biodiversity is what Earth Day is all about. Sharing Earth means taking responsibility for what we use and how we use it. It is a day to think of the environmental challenges we face and how to solve them. Protecting Earth is every person’s and every country’s responsibility.

San Clemente Memorial Day - Originally called Decoration Day because the graves of those who had died during the US Civil War, both Union and Confederate, were decorated with flowers. Memorial Day now honors all US military personnel that gave their lives for their country.

San Clemente State Park - San Clemente State Park sits high atop the sandstone bluffs above the Pacific Ocean in south San Clemente. The Park consists of campsites, a historic visitor center and cottage, and a picnic day use area that makes for a nice escape.

Sequoia Sempervirens Fund - Dedicated to preserving the forest ecology of the majestic coast redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens. All of the Fund's resources are focused on a single “bio-region”; the Santa Cruz Mountains, immediately adjacent to the San Francisco Bay Area population centers. The Sempervirens Fund strategy is to buy up land and then transfer it to state or local parks departments to create parks or expand existing parks and ensure permanent public access. The group has also worked to establish conservation easements and trail linkages between parks and coastal marine preserves. They have saved more than 24,000 acres in the creation and expansion of redwood parklands. Funding continues to be needed to protect and conserve coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens), one of California's natural resources.

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