Office of Community Involvement
The Office of Community Involvement (OCI) works directly with communities to provide relevant programming that increases access to parks and facilitates meaningful experiences in nature for all Californians. We intentionally work with non-traditional park users and under-served communities who may not have the awareness, opportunity, or ability to experience the beautiful diversity of California State Parks. Our team creates opportunities to overcome barriers and empowers individuals to access the benefits of outdoor recreation.
Our Access Programs
Outdoor Youth Connection (OYC) training is a great opportunity for youth to experience the connection between the outdoors and one's community. At the training, youth will have the opportunity to rekindle, forge, and strengthen old and new relationships through camping skills, team-building activities, personal reflection, and journaling.
Focusing on community leaders, program coordinators, and professionals, Outdoor Recreation Leadership (ORL) training aims to provide knowledge and tools to those who want to incorporate more outdoor education and recreation into their programming. ORL training will equip professionals with tools and resources to increase their program's diversity and community development strategies. On top of that, graduates will be able to access the FamCamp® program for two years.
Since 1994, FamCamp® has helped hundreds of groups, especially those in underserved communities experience the outdoors. FamCamp® provides campsites and equipment at selected California State Parks. From the beautiful redwoods in Northern California, to the sandy beaches and urban parks in Southern California, OCI hopes to bring the outdoors to all Californians.