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Unveiling our second annual artist collaboration with Jeremy Collins

By Michael Bridges  We are so excited to share our newest artist collaboration with you! This year, we are partnering with Jeremy Collins – a competitive climber, biker, and devoted park advocate – not to mention an acclaimed artist. You may have seen his work in National Geographic and elsewhere. To honor his love for […]

Join us in welcoming our 2023 – 2024 Career Pathways grantees

At Parks California, one of our key focus areas is supporting California State Parks by ensuring career development opportunities and natural resources training programs are more accessible to historically underinvested and underrepresented communities. In partnership with California State Parks, we are pleased to announce our second cohort of Career Pathways grantees, who will gain hands-on […]

Where Past Meets Present: the new Virtual Adventurer App

We’re so excited to announce the official launch of Virtual Adventurer, California State Parks’ new mobile application that takes you on an immersive experience through time, history and the natural world using the latest both augmented and virtual reality. The app allows you to discover and interact with the people, places, and events that have […]

Growing Together Day 2023 – a celebration of community, art, and parks for everyone

It was a beautiful day at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area as the community came out to celebrate this unique 252-acre urban oasis and vital state park. California State Parks and Parks California hosted its second Growing Together Day – a free community event – where people of all ages and families enjoyed music, performances, […]

Exit interview with Ryan Swanson, our 2022 – 2023 Climate Fellow

Our inaugural Parks California Climate Fellow, Ryan Swanson, recently wrapped up his fellowship where, for the last year, he has been providing scientific expertise and assistance to several departments across California State Parks, such as the Natural Resource Division, Districts, Service Centers, and other Divisions to support climate adaptation and mitigation strategies. Before he left […]

Celebrating Earth Day, today and every day

  The first Earth Day was recognized in 1970 as a way to raise awareness of environmental issues. Today it remains an important day to highlight the urgent need to fight climate change. Our work focuses, in part, on creating deeper, lifelong relationships with nature. For us, this means connecting people to California State Parks, […]

From Idea to Reality: Launching the Adventure Pass Grant Program  

By Emily Henry    Did you know that California State Parks offers free entry at 19 state parks for fourth-grade students and their families? It’s through a pilot program called Adventure Pass, which was championed by the First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and launched by California State Parks to encourage young people to start to […]

Celebrating Literacy at Candlestick Point State Recreation Area

By Veronica Silva-Miranda    Carmen Bogan takes a photo of community members at the Where’s Rodney Celebration. California State Parks and Parks California celebrated the installation of a storywalk at Candlestick Point SRA. Pages from the book Where’s Rodney by Carmen Bogan will be on display along the trails until March 2023. The storywalk is […]

The Contours of a Country – A Tour de Parks California Bike Ride Story

Written by: Michael Bridges Ernest Hemingway once said, “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best.” I could not agree more.  Apparently, he also enjoyed bicycles. Well, here are a few words about a bicycle ride. Last weekend, forty park enthusiasts bicycled 75 miles along the undulating California […]

ParkSpeak: Celebrating Stone Lagoon Visitor Center at Humboldt Lagoons State Park

On April 7, Parks California hosted its first ParkSpeak of 2022 to celebrate the first tribally operated Visitor Center within the State Park system, which is The Stone Lagoon Visitor Center within Humboldt Lagoons State Park. The Visitor Center is unique in that it hosts interpreters of Indigenous heritage, employed by both the Yurok Tribe […]