A Promise to the Future
"In our every deliberation, we must consider the impact of our decisions on the next seven generations." —Great Law of the Iroquois Confederacy
|Kids in Parks||Reaching Out||Essays & Testimonials|
|Art in the Parks|
Studies underscore the importance of children spending quality time outdoors. The many youth-oriented programs of California State Parks pass along our conservation ethic and appreciation for the natural world.
|Nature Deficit Disorder||Junior Rangers||Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights|
|Playing and Learning at Carpinteria State Beach||Junior Lifeguards||Special Status Animal Species Coloring Book|
Playing and Learning at Carpinteria State Beach
Every kid needs time to play and time to learn and at Carpinteria State Beach they can do both! The Tomol Interpretive Play Area at Carpinteria State Beach creates a kid-friendly interpretation of a Chumash village. Dotted with native California plants, the play area was built as a collaborative effort between many organizations. Learn more about this unique environment.
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From installing universally accessible sensory stations on trails to teaming with local recreation programs, California State Parks spreads its all-inclusive message.
|PORTS: Parks Online Resources for Teachers and Students||Accessibility in Parks|
|The Outdoor Youth Connection (OYC)||Grants and Local Parks|
Read about the importance of outdoor recreation and solitude as well as tributes to individual parks and their people.
Children's projects, plein air painting, sculpting and crafts programs take advantage of spectacular parks scenery in an al fresco setting.
|Make a Quilt and Make History!||Pottery at Pond Farm|
|The Boggs Art Collection at Shasta|
Pottery at Pond Farm
Marguerite Wildenhain, a master potter, immigrated to the United States and headed for the California redwoods to start a pottery studio. Pond Farm Pottery grew into a prestigious studio that produced beautiful pottery that is still around today. Learn more about Wildenhain's studio and her famous Pond Farm Art School Colony.
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Wonder & Inspiration
Wonder at our state parks scenes — from dramatic surf to faraway treetops to battling elephant seals to endangered birds to insects scurrying along a grass blade. Click here to learn more about these treasures.
Adventure & Excitement
Wind down from the plethora of recreational adventures in our state parks with a serene night sleeping under the stars after a campfire program
Click here for more activities and interpretative programs in California State Parks
Vision & Dedication
Farsighted groups and partners join committed employees and generous volunteers to move each of our state parks from concept to reality.
Click here to discover the pioneers, founders, volunteers and staff of California State Parks
History & Heritage
Irreplaceable cultural landmarks — from Native California Indian grinding rocks to forts and missions to mansions — are preserved for posterity in our state parks.
Click here to learn more about the treasures preserved and interpreted by California State Parks.
The story of California State Parks dramatically comes to life in "California Forever," a powerful and moving two-part television program composed of stunning cinematography and rare archival imagery. Click here to learn more about "California Forever."