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2016 Youth Art Contest

Our 2016 Youth Art Contest is now open! The theme of this year’s contest is ‘”Discover State Parks” and we invite youth ages 4-18 to participate by creating artwork that shares their experiences in state parks and what they have discovered during their visits.

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End of 2016-17 Legislative Session Update

The 2015-16 Legislative Session wrapped up on August 31, 2016, with Legislators sending nearly 800 bills to Governor Brown’s desk for final decision. Read our legislative Update to learn about this year’s state parks related legislation.

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Great Places for You & Me Infographic

The Great Places for You and Me Infographic was created as part of our “Great Places” campaign to highlight just a few of the many reasons why California’s state parks play an important role in the lives of Californians. The infographic provides an overview of the state park system, and reasons why state parks are great places for students and teachers, local economies and small business and for your health.

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California State Parks in the news…

Editorial: Beaches are a public trust, not reserved solely for billionaires

The California State Lands Commission, an obscure state entity, took a bold step this week in confronting Silicon Valley billionaire Vinod Khosla over a beachfront property he owns on the San Mateo County coast.
The commissioners – Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, Controller Betty Yee and a representative of the Department of Finance – had little choice if they were to remain true to the California ethos that this state’s magnificent beaches belong to us all.

Trestles Saved…Forever

The word “historic” is frequently overused in today’s public discourse. However, few words are more fitting to describe the landmark lawsuit settlement that was reached between the Save San Onofre Coalition and toll road developers, the Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA), to end one of the most hard fought, long-lasting environmental battles in California history.

Survey: MinoSurvey: Minority Hiking, Camping Participation Surge

A recent survey of nearly 3,000 Americans and Canadians found that among the 1 million people who began camping for the first time last year, nearly 1 in 5 was black and 11 percent were Latino, nearly twice the rate for those groups in 2014. The survey, commissioned by Kampgrounds of America, showed that the latest generation of campers more closely represents the nations’ overall ethnic breakdown.