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California State Parks Welcomes Visitors for July Fourth Holiday Weekend

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks expect to be busy this Fourth of July weekend.

Fire Restrictions in Effect at Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

Friday, June 26, 2015 | View PDF

As a result of the extreme fire danger caused by the prolonged drought, California State Parks is implementing restrictions at Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area effective, Monday, June 29, 2015, until the fire season is over.

All Aboard for Story Time with Celebrity Reader & KCRA News Anchor Edie Lambert on Monday, July 20

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | View PDF

To the delight of children of all ages, it’s all aboard for a special story time with popular KCRA News Anchor Edie Lambert on Monday, July 20, 2015.

California State Parks Enhances Endangered Fish Habitat, Public Beach Access and Water Quality in Leo Carrillo State Park

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 | View PDF

Significant steps toward protecting endangered southern steelhead trout and other environmental resources will take place this summer and fall at Leo Carrillo State Park.

Life Jacket Trade-In Opportunity

Monday, June 22, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) announces another opportunity in the Sacramento area to trade in your old, outgrown or unserviceable life jacket for a new, Coast Guard-approved life jacket (while supplies last).

Railroad Museum to Debut Interactive & New “A Shift in Power” STEM Learning Experience

Friday, June 19, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut an interactive and new STEM Learning Experience titled “A Shift in Power: Railroad History Meets Changing Technology” on Friday, June 26, 2015.

Recreational Boaters Advised to Exercise More Caution this Summer

Thursday, June 18, 2015 | View PDF

An analysis of 2014 recreational boating accidents shows that drought makes boating riskier, according to the California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways.

Trail Closure - Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Thursday, June 18, 2015 | View PDF

The trail on the crest of the Mormon Island Auxiliary Dam will be temporarily closed.

Sutter’s Fort to Undergo Most Extensive Restoration Since the 1890s

Tuesday, June 16, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the Friends of Sutter’s Fort are proud to announce a number of major restoration projects for Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) that, in total, represent the most extensive restorations at the Fort since a major reconstruction effort in the 1890s.

Folsom State Recreation Area Accepts Proposals for operation of Brown’s Ravine Marina

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks is now accepting proposals for the development, operation and maintenance of the marina facilities located at Brown’s Ravine at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area in El Dorado County.

Redwood National and State Parks Prairie Creek Bike and Hike Day, Saturday June 6th

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 | View PDF

Pump up your bicycle tires! Newton B. Drury Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park will be closed to vehicle traffic all day on Saturday, June 6th, creating a wonderful opportunity for bicylists and walkers to enjoy the parkway without the noise and congestion of motorized vehicles.

Railtown 1897 Seeks Interested Volunteers

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 | View PDF

Are you looking for something meaningful to do with your time?  

Railroad Museum to Debut New Exhibit “A City Divided: Sacramento and the Pullman Strike of 1894” on June 5

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to debut a new exhibit titled “A City Divided: Sacramento and the Pullman Strike of 1894” on Friday, June 5, 2015.

Park Repairs Nimbus Flat - Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks will be making Americans With Disability Act (ADA) improvements to the restrooms and parking lots at the Nimbus Flat unit of Folsom Lake State Recreation Area.

New Visitor Center Opens at Donner Memorial State Park

Friday, May 29, 2015 | View PDF

A new state of the art visitor center at Donner Memorial State Park will open its doors to the public on Saturday, June 6 with a special ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.

Railtown 1897 Presents 6th Annual “Singing Rails” Railroad Music Festival on June 6

Friday, May 29, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present the 6th Annual “Singing Rails” music festival on Saturday, June 6, 2015, that reflects America’s longstanding love affair with trains and the railroad through the magic of music.

State Indian Museum Presents 38th Annual “Gathering of Honored Elders” Event on June 6

Friday, May 29, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are proud to honor and celebrate California’s Native Elders with the 38th Annual “Gathering of Honored Elders” event on Saturday, June 6, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Amtrak Train Days Make a Stop at the Railroad Museum Offering FREE Admission All Weekend -- June 6-7

Thursday, May 28, 2015 | View PDF

All aboard for rail-related fun!  In a partnership with Amtrak, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to present a special Amtrak Train Days event at the railroad museum – that includes free admission all weekend -- on June 6 & 7, 2015.

California State Parks Announces Habitat Conservation Awards for Local Projects

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks Director Lisa Ann L. Mangat announced selections for $2.26 million in funding for 15 local park projects under the Habitat Conservation Fund Program.

California State Parks Announces Grant Awards for Local Recreation Projects

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks Director Lisa Ann L. Mangat announced recommendations to the National Park Service for $6,142,673 in funding for ten local park projects under the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program.

PG&E and State Parks Encourage Water Enthusiasts to Adapt to the Effects of the Drought

Friday, May 22, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) are warning water enthusiasts not to become complacent because of the drought, and to take serious precautions when in or near waterthis spring and summer.

Railroad Museum & History Museum Open Thursday Evenings This Summer

Friday, May 22, 2015 | View PDF

Back by popular demand…California State Parks, the California State Railroad Museum and the Sacramento History Museum are proud to announce extended summer hours for the two museums on Thursday evenings as part of a special “Thursday Night at the Museums” program running from May 28 through September 3, 2015.

Railroad Museum Gets in the Jazzy Spirit With Music In Museum, On Trains

Friday, May 22, 2015 | View PDF

Coinciding with the 42nd Annual Sacramento Music Festival happening over Memorial Day weekend in Old Sacramento, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum will celebrate the holiday by offering jazz music inside the Railroad Museum and popular train rides behind a vintage steam locomotive. In addition, festival badge holders will receive complimentary admission to the Railroad Museum given it is an official musical venue for the special event.

California Gold Rush History Comes to Life

Friday, May 22, 2015 | View PDF

Columbia State Historic Park will present “Diggins Tent Town 1852”,its annual living history event May 28 through May 31, 2015.

Free Memorial Day Admission at State Parks for Veterans, Active and Reserve Military Personnel

Friday, May 15, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks will honor men and women who have served or are serving in the Armed Forces this Memorial Day by offering free admission at participating state parks.

California State Park’s Memorial Day Weekend Tips

Friday, May 15, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks Memorial Day weekend draws a high number of visitors to California’s state parks.

DBW Holds Life Jacket Trade-in Events

Friday, May 15, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) will hold life jacket trade-in events at various locations throughout the state during the month of May. The first events will be held tomorrow, May 16. 

Operating Hours to be Reduced at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve

Thursday, May 14, 2015 | View PDF

Beginning June 1, 2015, Point Lobos State Natural Reserve will begin closing at 7:00 p.m., rather than a half an hour after sunset.

Gold Bluff Beach Campground on reservations May 22- September 6

Wednesday, May 13, 2015 | View PDF

Gold Bluff Beach Campground in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park will now be available for reservations during the summer peak season. 

Sutter’s Fort to Present "Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces" on May 16

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 | View PDF

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun "Hands on History" activities each month,  Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: A Community of Many Faces” event on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park to Celebrate New Visitor Center

Thursday, May 07, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Association invite the public to the grand opening of their new Visitor Center on Sunday, May 17, 2015 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. 

California State Parks Recognizes Excellence in Employees and Partners

Wednesday, May 06, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat honored selected department staff and partners at the annual Director’s Recognition Awards Ceremony held in Sacramento today. 

Springtime in Coloma: A 49’er Extravaganza

Thursday, April 30, 2015 | View PDF

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park will host a weekend celebration focused on the 125th Anniversary of Marshall’s Monument which will also include a Mother’s Day Victorian Tea and Brunch along with a living history Tent Town. 

California State Parks Announces Fee Reductions for Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks announces a reduction of fees for day-use and camping at Lake Oroville State Recreation Area beginning Friday, May 1, 2015.

State Indian Museum Presents Special Native American Basket Weaving Demonstration on May 2

Monday, April 27, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are pleased to present a special Native American Basket Weaving Demonstration with Dixie Rogers, Karuk, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Bidwell Mansion State Historic Park celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with Special Tours

Monday, April 27, 2015 | View PDF

Special tours will be offered during the month of May to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. 

Monterey Lifeguard honored with Medal of Valor

Friday, April 24, 2015 | View PDF

State Park Peace Officer/Lifeguard Justin S. McHenry received the  Silver Medal of Valor Thursday, April 23, 2015 for heroic actions in rescuing a woman in dangerous ocean conditions.

Lake Oroville State Park Ranger Honored with Medal of Valor

Friday, April 24, 2015 | View PDF

State Park Peace Officer Evan Walter received the Silver Medal of Valor Thursday, April 23, 2015, for heroic actions to stop an act of gang violence.

Railroad Museum Presents “Trains & Tripods” Photo Opportunity & Lighting Seminar on May 1-2

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | View PDF

Lights, camera, action!  California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer a two-part “Trains & Tripods Photo Opportunity & Lighting Seminar” for photographers on Friday evening, May 1 and Saturday morning, May 2, 2015.

California State Historical Resources Commission To Consider Nine Properties for Action

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | View PDF

Next week, the California State Historical Resources Commission will consider eight nominations for federal historic designation, and one nomination for state historic designation.

Chino Hills State Park Entrance Road Scheduled to Open in June

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | View PDF

CHINO HILLS, Calif. - The new entrance road into Chino Hills State Park is anticipated to open in June 2015 for public access.

Railtown 1897 Offers Opportunity to Meet Author of The Seamstress of Jamestown on April 25

Friday, April 17, 2015 | View PDF

Jamestown, CA – California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to offer special meet-and-greet opportunities with Barbara Hettwer, author of The Seamstress of Jamestown on Saturday, April 25, 2015, a day when steam train rides behind Sierra No.3 are also available. Hettwer will be at the Park from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to talk with visitors and sign copies of her novel that was set in historic Jamestown in the late 1800s. A work of fiction that is immersed in history, The Seamstress of Jamestown will also be available for purchase at the on-site store.

California State Parks Announces Lake Perris State Recreation Area Concession Opportunity

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks is now accepting proposals for a ten-year concession contract to develop and operate an aerial trail system (zipline) within Lake Perris State Recreation Area (SRA) located in Riverside County, California.

State Indian Museum Presents “Just for Kids” Native American Book Sale – April 21-25

Monday, April 13, 2015 | View PDF

In celebration of the State Indian Museum’s 75th anniversary happening this year, the State Indian Museum and California State Parks are proud to present a “Just for Kids” Native American Book Sale on Tuesday, April 21 through Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Sutter’s Fort Sets Up Shop and Recreates California’s First Mall at Traders’ Faire - April 17-19

Friday, April 10, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present a vibrant, educational and fun three-day event -- “Traders’ Faire - California’s First Mall” -- on Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19, 2015.

State Indian Museum “Native Education for All” Event Explores Use of Unrealistic Native American Images

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 | View PDF

In recognition of the Museum’s 75th anniversary this year, the State Indian Museum and California State Parks will present a thought-provoking Native Education for All Series lecture: The Cultural Sabotage of Native American Iconographyon Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

American River Parkway Trail Restriping to Take Place at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Monday, April 06, 2015 | View PDF

Folsom, CA – California State Parks will be re-striping the center lines on the American River Parkway Trail between the Negro Bar park unit and the Hazel Avenue Bridge in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area beginning Monday April 14, and expected to be completed Tuesday April 15.

California State Parks Postpones Waterline Improvement Project at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Friday, April 03, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks announces that the proposed Waterline Improvement Project at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve will be postponed.

California State Parks Seeks Input for the Mount Diablo State Park Roads and Trails Plan

Friday, March 27, 2015 | View PDF

Public Input Meeting on Roads and Trails Plan in May.

 

California State Parks Seeks Public Input Regarding Morro Bay State Park Marina and Restaurant Concession Operations

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the City of Morro Bay’s Harbor Advisory Board will accept public comment regarding future development and operation of the marina and restaurant facilities at Morro Bay State Park.