"Together We Can Make A Difference!"

Friends' Booth at Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival- 2014

Become A Friend Today!

The Friends contribute nearly 6,000 hours of volunteer service to Huntington Beach State Park per year.

Friends work with the park to protect our environment, save our wildlife and preserve our history by participating in a number of projects through the park.

Opportunities include: bird surveys, sea turtle nest patrols and protection, Atalaya preservation and interpretation, staffing the Nature Center and the Atalaya Visitors Center, the Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival, small maintenance projects, beautification projects and much more.

Volunteering is a self-satisfying endeavor and it's easy to do with flexible work hours, a spectacular work environment and camaraderie.



Four Categories of Friends' Membership

Nature Center Bulletin Board


FAMILY VOLUNTEER: $40 - Includes all members of family living in your household withbadges to wear when volunteering and a maximum of 2 vehicle decals.

INDIVIDUAL VOLUNTEER: $35 - Includes a badge to wear when volunteering and one vehicle decal.

We are requesting that all FAMILY and INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS volunteer at the park in some capacity for at least 25 hours per year. Hours can be recorded on the calendar in the Nature Center, Atalaya host cart or sent to the volunteer chairperson. Persons with a badge will receive a discount at the Murrells Inlet Sherman Williams store.

SUPPORTING MEMBERSHIP: $60+ This is for the person or persons who live out of the area who still wish to support us financially, but cannot volunteer, or for anyone local who is unable to volunteer. Those in this category will receive a maximum of 2 vehicle decals, but no volunteer badge.

CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP:  We ALSO have memberships available for both small and large businesses. Please contact us for details.




Projects: 2016-2017

What have the Friends done lately??


Purchase of the following:

        geraniums and supplies for Atalaya walkway flower boxes

        alligator stickers to hand out to children during alligator tours

        t-shirts, to be sold at Arts and Crafts Festival

        paint, and misc. supplies for Atalaya

        small refrigerator and heater for Atalaya Visitors’ Center

        postage and clerical supplies

        4 palm trees plus installation in front of Ranger Station/Gift Shop

Funding of the following:

        Annual 3 in 1 Day Celebration on March 10th

        All Members’ Picnic and Annual Meeting

        Authorized $7000 for replacement of educational materials lost

                in Nature Center fire

        Cement sidewalk and shower tower at entrance to North Beach

Supplied volunteers for:

        Pollinator Gardens

        Atalaya tours

        Alligator tours

        Birding tours

        Atalaya preservation/maintenance

        Beach clean-up and turtle nest identification

        Atalaya Sleepover and Fall Festival and Haunted Castle

        Beach Sweeps

        Annual Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival and Holiday Celebration

Fundraising for The Nature Center Rebuilding Fund will be our concentration for at least the next two years.

The Friends of Huntington Beach State Park is a nonprofit organization that provides physical and monetary assistance for Huntington Beach State Park.  The goal of the Friends is to improve the quality of the experience of visitors to the park.  All proceeds (above cost) from our Fundraisers go directly to this park.  Anyone can help the Friends achieve their goal by becoming a Volunteer or making a monetary donation. 

Click on the link below for the Volunteer Application or go to our webstore to make a donation.




**Friends Application**