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Helping more people discover the wonders of nature

As we head into the giving season, I’m overwhelmed with gratitude for parks and for you. Traveling across California to meet with community groups, California Native American tribes, scientists, park partners, and so many others, I’m amazed at the work being done in State Parks. Earlier this month I was back in Candlestick Point State Recreation […]

ParkSpeak: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

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In the final ParkSpeak event of 2020, we visited Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Special guests including Ray Lennox, District Superintendent Acting of the Colorado Desert District, as well as Lydia Stinson, State Park Interpreter I of the Colorado Desert District, gave us an exclusive, behind the scenes tour of one of the most unique California […]

What’s the Future of Parks? An Interview with Director Armando Quintero

The future of California State Parks

Have you met Armando Quintero yet? He recently joined the parks family as the new director of the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Recently, I had the opportunity to chat one-on-one about his vision and how we can work together to inspire all people to experience our extraordinary state parks. Watch our conversation: I […]

ParkSpeak: La Purisima Mission State Historic Park

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La Purisima Mission State Historic Park is where early California meets the digital age. Parks California went behind the scenes at this California State Park to learn about its unique history and little-known facts that will inspire you to plan your next adventure there (when it’s safe, of course). Watch ParkSpeak – La Purisima now: […]

Nature as a Tool for Social Change: A Conversation with California State Parks

Nature as a tool for social change

This summer, we chatted with our friend and California State Parks’ deputy director of external affairs Sedrick Mitchell on how he uses inclusion, community engagement and self determination to create rich outdoor experiences for all people. During this conversation, Sedrick explains how he puts people first when developing parks in local neighborhoods during civil unrest […]

Reclaiming Indigenous Roots: The Story of Año Nuevo

Reclaiming Indigenous Roots

Given the unpredictability of what we’re allowed to do outside of our homes, Parks California turned its attention to develop a series of Facebook Live conversations to unite leaders in the outdoor space. First up, the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band. Parks California had the honor of speaking with Tribal Chairman Val Lopez and State Parks […]

The Story Behind Los Angeles State Historic Park

Los Angeles State Historic Park

In Parks California’s first-ever Facebook Live event, we spoke to our friends Stephanie and Luis of Los Angeles State Historic Park about their inspiring story of grassroots activism and community engagement. Plus, we got a firsthand look at what’s next for them. Watch the conversation now: