Explore California State Parks

State Parks provides access to a wealth of cultural and natural resources that invite visitors to explore California. Whether digital classroom resources, summer programs for kids, or tours guided by the parks’ knowledgeable and dedicated interpreters, State Parks’ programs create meaningful experiences that educate and inspire Californians of all ages, education levels, and abilities.

We currently have over 60 PORTS presenters working from 55 of your California State Parks. These awesome park experts are stoked to share their love for the park they are at with your students! In addition to providing availability for live On-Demand and PORTScast presentations, they also have created additional digital resources you can find with the PORTS finder to include in your curriculum..

California is world renowned for its biological diversity and its unique plant and animal species. Approximately 40 of the state’s 770 native wildlife species and about 2,100 of its 6,300 plant species are found nowhere else. The state is one of the world’s 25 biological hot spots, places of greatest biodiversity and greatest threat.

Managing historical and archaeological sites in California State Parks requires many skills and specialties. The diverse resources entrusted to us are of many types (archaeological sites, historic structures, fragile artifacts, rare boats and unique features, for example). The Department is fortunate to have highly skilled and dedicated people assigned to the task of identifying, evaluating, recording and protecting this non-renewable resource base.