Park Panel Program

California State Parks offers interpretive panels on topics of general interest for a wide variety of park uses.  These panels can be purchased for a nominal price (usually around $300 to $450 for State Park units, depending on the fabrication method--contact us for price information for use in other locations).  All coordination with vendors regarding fabrication is managed by staff of the Interpretation and Education Division.  As funds are available, the list of panels below will grow.

At the discretion of the Interpretation and Education Division, panel text and photographs can be substituted to address issues at a specific park unit or in a specific region--however, additional staff time required to make the substitutions may need to be funded by the requestor.

To order a panel or panels for use in a unit of the California State Park System, use the Internal Order Form.   Outside entities who wish to order a panel must use the External Order Form. For external orders, staff time required to prepare the files for fabrication will need to be funded by the requestor. Please print and fill them out by hand, and either fax to the Interpretation and Education Division at (916) 654-9048 or email to

Interpretive panels can be made available in alternate formats. Contact or call the Interpretation and Education Division at (916) 654-2249 for more information.


This program replaces the "Generic Panel Program," and this website replaces the "Generic Panel Catalog."  The panels shown in that catalog are no longer available for purchase, but many of them  have been or are currently being updated (see list of available panels as well as panels now in development, listed at the bottom of this page).

Cleaning and Maintaining Panels

To ensure panels last as long as possible in good condition, it's important to properly care for them on a regular basis.  For this reason, we suggest reviewing and retaining a copy of our short guide on Wayside Exhibit Maintenance for your files.

Other Useful Information

Sample Fiberglass-Embedded Panel Specifications

Sample High-Pressure Laminate Panel Specifications

Panel Shelter/Case Specifications (32" x 40" panels)

Panel Frame Specifications (24" x 48" panels)

For information on ordering panel frames and shelters/cases, contact the Interpretation and Education Division at (916) 654-2249.