What We Do

Parks California expands the resources available for parks to implement projects that improve visitors’ experiences. With expanded programs, amenities, and resources, we work to welcome younger and more diverse visitors to parks and public lands. Collaborating with State Parks and other partners, Parks California will ensure protected lands remain resilient while meeting the evolving, lifelong needs of all Californians.

Parks California works to accomplish these goals:

Increase equitable access to parks
Strengthen stewardship of parks
Accelerate innovation across parks
Expand funding for parks
Build a valued and trusted partner organization

Read the 2020-2022 Strategic Plan

Vibrant, healthy parks that welcome, engage and inspire.

As California State Parks' statutory partner, we have a simple mission – to help strengthen parks and inspire all to experience these extraordinary places.

At Parks California, we are collaborative, inclusive, innovative, adaptive, trustworthy.

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Route to Parks Grants

To ensure our state park system is more welcoming, accessible and relevant to all visitors, Parks California is proud to launch the Route to Parks Grants.

Through the Route to Parks Grants, we aim to improve park access for all Californians so they can create authentic connections with nature. While we understand that addressing the transportation barrier to park access is multifaceted, this initiative intends to support programs that address this barrier with longstanding solutions that are replicable and can measure impact.

Under this grant cycle, Parks California will award grants to programs that reach communities facing challenges getting to or enjoying state parks. Grants will support programs or projects that begin November 1, 2020 and are completed by October 31, 2021.

Assistance Grant: Adapting for a Safe Reopening

The California League of Park Associations (CALPA) and Parks California are coming together to present the Assistance Grant: Adapting for a Safe Reopening.

COVID-19 continues to create unprecedented challenges for California State Park Cooperating Associations, Co-Managers and Concessions working alongside park staff to provide world class experiences to visitors. The assistance grant opportunity is available to current CALPA members to promote visitor/employee safety, to allow adherence to social distancing guidelines, and to transition to effective remote work.

Digital Access to State Parks

Not every school can offer educational trips to California’s extraordinary park system. California State Parks’ PORTS: Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students ® provides K-12 classrooms free, direct digital entry to the state’s 280 parks through live, interactive video-conferencing.

We are supporting PORTS, now in its 15th year, to ensure every school district has the opportunity to digitally connect with parks across the state. To date, Parks California has provided technology equipment allowing the program to more than double the number of parks to run live, interactive video-conferencing.

Access the PORTS program here.

Resource Stewardship Initiative

To ensure natural treasures are managed and protected today and for future generations, Parks California launched its Resource Stewardship Initiative. This effort provides the opportunity to work collaboratively and keep pace with the pressures from climate change, growing populations, and other threats to natural and built environments.

Our goal is to expand the capacity of state parks to deliver resource stewardship projects and programs through:

  • Increasing job training and skills development to create a pipeline of park stewards and future natural resource employees among untapped populations
  • Ensuring State Parks scientists are equipped with the tools and training needed to effectively manage today’s resource challenges
  • Strengthening regional partnerships to address natural resources challenges


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