SPAN supports efforts to protect state parks
SPAN supports efforts to increase public access to state parks
SPAN supports efforts to strengthen and diversify state park funding
SPAN supports efforts to enhance state parks
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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.read more
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.read more
Over 200 photos have been submitted to California State Parks Foundation’s “Discovering CA State Parks” Photo Challenge. Now its time to vote for your favorite image!read more
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.read more
Join SPAN!Join our statewide efforts to raise awareness of California’s state parks and advocate in support of policies that will move state parks toward a vision of excellence.
California State Parks in the news…
n the mid-1940s, the Salton Sea was a hotbed of activity, attracting Hollywood’s most glamorous actors and musicians to its yacht clubs and campgrounds. Now, what was once the largest lake in California is disappearing before our eyes and endangering all its life. We can still save it, but if we don’t, we will have a massive public health, environmental and economic crisis that could cost as much as $70 billion.
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% were Latino, nearly twice the rate for those groups in 2014.
On Wednesday, Brown vetoed Senate Bill 1333, by Sen. Marty Block, D-San Diego, that would have prohibited smoking at state parks and beaches.