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For Immediate Release: 3/20/2015

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California State Parks Explorer Annual Pass Available for Purchase With State Tax Refund


Vicky Waters

(916) 653-5115



SACRAMENTO, Calif.–There is also an opportunity for the public to support state park maintenance needs through a tax-deductible contribution. Any additional donation over the $195 cost of the pass is a tax-deductible contribution that will be allocated to the State Parks Protection Fund, where it will be used for state park maintenance needs.

Information on how to purchase a California Explorer Annual Pass on your state income tax return and the State Parks Protection Fund can be found on California State Park’s website at:

For a list of the department’s annual passes and participating parks, visit

This is the third year of the California State Parks Annual Pass Program, which was created through the California State Park Stewardship Act of 2012.


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California State Parks provides for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high quality outdoor recreation.