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California State Parks Encourages Visitors to Recreate Safely and Responsibly During Memorial Day Weekend

California State Parks invites Californians and visitors from around the world to recreate responsibly during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend, one of the busiest outdoor holiday weekends of the year. California’s diverse landscape has recreational activities for everyone, from swimming in lakes, rivers, and oceans to hiking among giant redwoods or sequoias to off-highway vehicle riding in deserts and mountains to camping along the coastline. Following simple safety precautions, such as wearing a properly fitted life jacket or proper riding gear, avoiding alcohol, and knowing one’s limits while engaged in aquatic activities, can help save lives. 

Celebrate National Safe Boating Week May 18 – 24

California State Parks’ Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) is inviting new and experienced boating enthusiasts to celebrate National Safe Boating Week from May 18-24, 2024. This week is a time to emphasize the importance of responsible boating practices and water safety awareness as boaters head out to California’s waterways during Memorial Day weekend. As boaters across the country gear up for the summer season of adventure, the U.S. Coast Guard and DBW are sharing the top seven tips for safe and enjoyable boating experiences.

California State Parks Starts General Planning Process for El Capitán and Refugio State Beaches and Gaviota State Park

SACRAMENTO, Calif., — California State Parks announced today that it is developing a comprehensive General Plan update for the future of El Capitán and Refugio State Beaches (SB), and Gaviota State Park (SP) in Santa Barbara County. This General Plan update will include recommendations for protecting significant resources, modernizing park infrastructure, adapting to climate change impacts, and providing sustainable recreational opportunities for all visitors.

California’s Newest State Park, Dos Rios, to Open June 12 in the San Joaquin Valley  

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California State Parks in partnership with Governor Gavin Newsom, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the California Natural Resources Agency are excited to announce on this Earth Day that California will open its newest state park in the San Joaquin Valley on Wednesday, June 12. The opening day coincides with the launch of the Third Annual State Parks Week June 12-16. This year’s theme is “This is Where You Live” which is befitting for the opening of Dos Rios.

California State Parks Encourages All to Celebrate Earth Day

SACRAMENTO, Calif.— Celebrate Earth Day this month with California State Parks at any of the 280 unique park units across the state. State Parks has numerous Earth Day-themed events planned. They include in-person activities such as guided walks and hikes, workdays, and a bioblitz, as well as virtual programming with a live dive broadcast exploring the hidden world of the ocean.

California State Parks Honors its Newest Peace Officers at Law Enforcement Academy Graduation Ceremony

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California State Parks graduated 17 cadets in Paradise, California, on Friday, April 12, who will "Live the Parks Life" as rangers and lifeguards in the country's largest state park system. From the program's beginning on September 5, 2023, this class has stayed committed to their responsibility as keepers of the state's most valuable natural and cultural resources as they advance to the next stage of their careers. Their class motto is “Live with honor, serve with pride.”

California State Parks, California Arts Council and Parks California Launch New Grant Program to Fund Art Installations and Programming in Local Community Parks Across California

California State Parks, the California Arts Council, and Parks California today announced the launch of a new Arts in California Parks grants program – the Local Parks Grant Program. A total of $8 million in grants is available to local non-profit and community organizations to support art and cultural programs in local communities across the state.