For Immediate Release: 12/19/2022
California State Park and Recreation Commission Announces Nomination Period for Golden Bear Award Program
Recognize and Celebrate Individuals Making Positive Impacts to Public Outdoor Spaces
SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The California State Park and Recreation Commission (SPRC) invites Californians to recognize and celebrate individuals who have demonstrated leadership and contributed significantly towards a healthier California by helping to preserve the state’s natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation. The 2023 nomination period for the Golden Bear Award program is open now until June 30, 2023.
With 279 state park units, over 340 miles of coastline, 970 miles of lake and river frontage, 15,000 campsites, 5,200 miles of trails, 3,195 historic buildings and more than 11,000 known prehistoric and historic archaeological sites, the California Department of Parks and Recreation (State Parks) contains the largest and most diverse recreational, natural and cultural heritage holdings of any state agency in the nation. More than 68 million people annually visit California’s State Park System. Caring for these resources and providing high-quality recreational opportunities to all Californians is something that State Parks cannot and does not do alone. Partnerships with the public and organizations is key to safeguarding these unique places for current and future generations.
The Golden Bear Awards program helps recognize these individuals. Every summer, up to five awards - one statewide and oneper division (Northern, Coastal, Central,Southern) - will be presented by the SPRC to individuals considered worthy of this award. To learn more about the history, qualifications and how to nominate candidates for an award, please visit parks.ca.gov/GoldenBearAward.
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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.