March 16, 2022 – SACRAMENTO, California – The public is invited to celebrate the first annual California State Parks Week, June 14-18, presented by California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, California Parks and the California State Parks Foundation.
Through special community events and in-person and virtual programming, this inaugural event celebrates California’s 279 state parks and the people who visit and help protect these iconic places. A complete list of the week’s events and how to participate are available at CAStateParksWeek.org.
“State Parks is thrilled to host the first-ever California State Parks Week, which celebrates the nation’s oldest state park system,” said Armando Quintero, Superintendent of California State Parks. “California’s state parks are as unique and diverse as the state itself. They help preserve and protect the natural and cultural history of the state for generations to come. I hope this week gives everyone a chance to visit the outdoors, enjoy its beauty, and find their own connection to the great outdoors of California.
California State Parks Week Inspired National Parks Week, and he’s helping advance the “Outdoor Access For All” initiative championed by Governor Gavin Newsom and First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom, as well as the recently launched “California Outdoors For All” initiative. This initiative expands access to the outdoors for all Californians through targeted investments in open space infrastructure and outdoor programming, with a priority of expanding access in underserved communities.
Why California State Parks Week?
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed many challenges for California communities, but it has also shed light on the important connection between the outdoors and our physical and mental well-being. Parks across the United States have seen an increase in visitation in 2020-2021, and California State Parks Week is highlighting the important role parks play in communities across the state.
“As we emerge from the impacts of the pandemic, we are thrilled to celebrate California’s resilience and expand access to so many joyful experiences and benefits of nature through California State Parks Week,” said Sam Hoder, President and CEO of Save the Redwoods League. “It’s inspiring to see how California’s state park system has grown over generations. The parks encompass not only the state’s most iconic landscapes, but also the diversity of our people, the cultural experiences and the joyful moments found on thousands of miles of trails.”
California State Parks protect the best of the state’s natural and cultural history; over 340 miles of coastline; the tallest, largest and among the oldest trees in the world; and deserts, lakes, rivers and beaches. In 279 parks across the state, there are more than 8,200 km of trails, 15,000 campsites, prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, ghost towns, mansions and historic monuments, just waiting to be explored. be explored.
California State Railroad Museum in Sacramento (left), Providence Mountains State Recreation Area in San Bernardino County (center), Año Nuevo State Park in San Mateo County (right). Photos courtesy of California State Parks.
“California State Parks Week is a fun and inclusive way to celebrate the wonder and sense of community that the outdoors offers California residents and visitors from around the world,” said Kindley Walsh LawlorPresident and CEO of Parks California.
California State Park Week Theme Days:
“The parks have been there for us in so many ways. While we recognize the partners, volunteers, state park staff and many others who make California’s state park system the jewel it is today, there is so much to celebrate ! Each day’s themes highlight all of these contributions,” said Rachel Nortonexecutive director of the California State Parks Foundation.
Tuesday, June 14: Land Recognition Day
On Land Recognition Day, we will uplift, honor and celebrate Indigenous voices and stories that are rooted in traditional Indigenous lands. See all events.
- Featured: Tribute to Indigenous Peoples of the North Coast
State park interpreters and tribal members will share the importance of honoring the Indigenous peoples who have lived on the North Shore since time immemorial. Register online via Facebook Live at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, June 15: Children’s career day
On Kids Career Day, we invite children and families to explore all the important jobs people do to help keep parks looking good and running smoothly. See all events.
- Featured: My Outdoor Fun Future!
From 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Cardiff (Seaside) State Beach in San Diego, State Park employees will share some of their favorite reasons for working in the parks. Register in person at the park or online via Facebook Live.
Thursday, June 16: Health and wellness day
Spending time outdoors is essential for health and well-being. On Health and Wellness Day, we invite you to explore a park near you and discover organizations, events and activities that can continue to inspire you every day. See all events.
- Featured: Guided Lava Cliffs Trail Hike
Hike through a volcanic formation at Calaveras Big Trees State Park. This moderate to strenuous 2.5 mile, 2-3 hour hike starts at 9:30am.
Friday, June 17: Stewardship Day
On Stewardship Day, learn about the various land and habitat management activities that conserve the great diversity of plants and animals in the parks and learn how to get involved. See all events.
- Featured: Historic Site Preservation Tours
Visit some of California’s oldest buildings at Monterey State Historic Park. Starts at 11 a.m. and again at 1 p.m.
Saturday June 18: Partnership Day / Volunteer Day
On Partnership Day/Volunteer Day, learn about the important roles businesses, nonprofits, and other partners play in running the California State Park System, and find out how you can get involved. See all events.
- Featured: Science Day and StoryWalk
Learn about butterflies with hands-on educational activities or stroll while reading an illustrated children’s book from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Oroville Lake Recreation Area.
California State Parks reminds visitors to recreate responsibly as COVID-19 is still present. Before leaving home, visitors are encouraged to check the status of the park units they wish to visit for current restrictions and guidelines. It is recommended to have a backup plan in case the destination is crowded. For additional guidelines and safety tips, please visit parks.ca.gov/COVID19.
California State Parks Week Presenting Partners:
California State Parksand the recreational programs supported by its Boating and Waterways, Historic Preservation and Off-Road Motor Vehicle Recreation divisions provide opportunities for families, friends and communities to connect. Off-road motor vehicle recreation, water activities, horseback riding, biking, hiking, camping, rock climbing, sightseeing, backpacking, school group enrichment, and special events are just a few. -some of the activities practiced in 279 park units organized into 21 field districts across the state. Learn more at www.parks.ca.gov.
Save the Redwoods League is one of the nation’s oldest conservation organizations, and has been protecting and restoring redwood forests since 1918. The League has connected generations of visitors to the beauty and serenity of the redwood forest. The nonprofit’s 29,000 members have enabled the organization to protect more than 216,000 acres of irreplaceable forest in 66 state, national and local parks and preserves. For more information, please visit SaveTheRedwoods.org.
|California Parks is a statewide non-profit organization that ensures the prosperity of national, state and local parks. As a statutory partner of California State Parks, Parks California has a simple mission: to help strengthen parks and inspire everyone to discover these extraordinary places. From redwood groves and desert springs to urban parks and lighthouses, the organization works with partners to manage these natural wonders and make California’s parks more welcoming, accessible and relevant to all visitors. For more information, please visit parkscalifornia.org.|
|California State Parks Foundation is an independent, member-supported, nonprofit organization that mobilizes a diverse network of Californians to be active champions of our state parks. At the California State Parks Foundation, we believe that all Californians are essential to maintaining our state parks. Every day, we inform and inspire current and future generations of park champions, empowering them to be the passionate advocates our national parks need. Because when we build a movement of park supporters, we ensure the long-term sustainability of our amazing state park treasures. Learn more about www.calparks.org.|
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