The publications below are high-resolution format PDFs, designed to be printed and copied by park staff for distribution to the public. They can also be ordered by State Parks employees in hard copy from the Distribution and Reproduction Center (DARC) by using the DPR 179 form.

These publications can be made available in alternate formats. Please contact the Interpetive Publications Section at or call (916) 654-2249 for assistance.

Brochures and campground maps relating to specific park units can be found on individual park unit web pages.


The History of California State Parks
Climate Change and California State Parks
Aquatic Safety
Silent Threats: Non-Native Species Invading Our Wildlands
Western Snowy Plover: Sharing the Beach
California Black Bears
Urban Effects on Our Wildlands
Natural Resource Management in California State Parks
Volunteers Make a Difference!
The Commemorative Seals of the State Capitol
Your Career in California State Parks
State Park Ranger and Lifeguard Employment Opportunities


Rattlesnake Safety
This brochure insert discusses rattlesnakes in our parks, ways visitors can avoid them, and what to do if they encounter a rattlesnake.
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Surf Safety
This insert provides information on the major dangers of ocean/beach recreation, specifically rip currents, backwash, rogue waves and diving.  It features English on one side and Spanish on the other.
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Fire with a Purpose
This insert discusses prescribed burns--what they are and why and how California State Parks uses them for resource management purposes.
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Lyme Disease
This insert provides basic information about Lyme disease, how it is tramsmitted, what its symptoms are, and what park visitors can do to reduce their chances of getting this disease.
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Housecats in our Parks
Feral cats are an important management issue for many of our parks, and visitors may not understand the problems they cause and the steps we must take to try to control the cat population in state parks.  This brochure insert is intended to help staff explain and interpret these issues.
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Campfires in Parks
This brochure insert informs visitors about the danger of burning pressure-treated wood in open fires, and gives other tips on building and managing fires as safely as possible.
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Mountain Lions in Parks
This brochure insert discusses mountain lions in our parks, ways visitors can avoid encountering a lion, and what to do if they do encounter one.
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Bear Facts
This insert explains how to keep bears--and people--safe in bear country. 
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West Nile Virus
This brochure insert and bulletin board flyer discuss issues related to West Nile Virus in California and how visitors can best protect themselves from mosquitoes, which carry the disease.  Although local health agencies may have information available for distribution, much of that suggests staying inside during dawn and dusk (advice that is not very useful for park visitors), and thus the Department decided to develop the publications below as a means of informing our visitors.
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Snowy Plover
This brochure describes our efforts to protect the snowy plover and provides information concerning the species.

This handout discusses yellowjackets, sometimes called "meat bees," which can sometimes be a nuisance to park visitors.
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Please Don't Feed Park Wildlife
Sometimes well-intentioned people feed the wildlife in our parks without realizing they are doing more harm than good.  This handout explains why this practice is harmful to wildlife, and possibly to park visitors as well.
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Service Dogs in State Parks
This handout explains the need for park and beach resource protection, citing applicable laws regarding service animals, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and California State Parks policies. 
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Dogs in Parks
Leashed dogs are allowed only in some areas of California State Parks, but not on most trails or away from developed areas.  This handout explains why.
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Because some parks don't want to give visitors the impression there are mountain lions in their particular parks and because the version of the Dogs in Parks flyer above contains an image of a mountain lion, here is the flyer with the mountain lion graphic removed.
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Sudden Oak Death
The exotic fungus responsible for Sudden Oak Death (Phytophthora ramorum) is suspected of killing trees in some State Parks. This fungus can be accidentally spread via firewood, leaves, twigs, bark, acorns, and soil.  Distribute this brochure insert and/or post this flyer to inform your visitors about SOD and what they can do to help control its spread.
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Exploring Tide Pools
An incredible variety of colorful marine plants and animals can be found in tide pools. This insert explains the vulnerable nature of these areas, and what visitors can do to help preserve them.
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European Beach Grass
Fast-growing and prolific, European beach grass outcompetes native plants for water and space and affects the entire dune ecosystem. This insert describes European beach grass and explains what is being done to eradicate it.
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This insert describes iceplant, which crowds out native plants, reduces plant diversity, and destroys habitats for native wildlife.
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More than 15 million acres of California are heavily infested with non-native starthistles. This insert lets visitors  know about eradication methods used in state parks, and what they can do to halt the spread of starthistle at home.
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Broom: An Invasive Plant
This insert explains why broom is considered to be one of the top ten worst invasive plants in California, and what visitors can do to help the fight against broom infestation.
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Important Bird Areas (IBAs)
IBAs are special sites that provide habitat for groups of birds during breeding, wintering, or migrating seasons. This insert explains their importance to endangered species, and the partnership California State Parks and the Audubon Society have developed to protect these areas.
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Adobe Buildings
Adobe buildings are some of the oldest buildings in California and serve as important links to our past. This brochure describes how adobe buildings are made and lists some park locations where visitors can see adobe buildings.
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Grassland Invaders
Over the last 200 years, non-native grasses have taken over California's grasslands, forcing native grasses out and degrading habitats for native plants and wildlife. This insert describes three of the worst offenders and informs visitors of prevention and eradication methods.
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Seashore Supermarket
This insert describes the many ways some Native Americans used the ocean bounty for food, clothing, and commerce.
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Protecting Our Past
Cultural resources provide evidence of ways humans have lived in the past. This insert explains the importance of some some  common cultural resources, and what park visitors should do if they find artifacts on park property.
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Coyote's Place in Native American Stories
The coyote fills a central role in many classic Native American tales. This insert describes his basic characteristics and how they are used in stories to provide moral lessons.
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Tree of Heaven?
The tree of heaven is an invasive species from Central China that is taking over some areas in our parks. This insert describes the tree and explains why it is a problem for State Parks.
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The origins and habits of this invasive species, the problems it causes in state parks, and current management efforts are discussed in this brochure. 
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Why Stay on Trails
Trails are an important part of land management, and this insert explains what can happen to plants and animals--and you--when you go off the trail.
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How Can I Help?
This insert discusses a few of the many ways members of the public can help California State Parks.
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Dedicated Groves in Redwood Parks
The Save the Redwoods League's Grove Program gives supporters a chance to dedicate a special place in the forest. This insert explains the history of and process for establishing honor and memorial groves.
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