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California State Parks

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Volunteering with Parks bullet
California State Parks offers an astonishing array of opportunities for volunteers. Volunteers are playing an ever-increasing role in California’s parks. Volunteers serve in almost all of California's state park units.

Recreation & Camping

Visiting a Park bullet
Experience the beauty of nature, sleep under the stars, see seal pups, shoot the curls, reel in a winning catch, enjoy a picnic, learn something new, and discover California’s state parks for yourself. View Park List

Careers & Volunteering

Careers with State Parks bullet
Opportunities abound for protecting people and park resources, educating others about our parks, conducting research, developing and managing programs, and more. Change your career and change lives.


Learning with Parks bullet
Park interpreters foster awareness and understanding of our natural and cultural history through programs and facilities that help visitors understand the resources around them and appreciate the beauty and wonder of California’s state parks.

Off-Highway Vehicles

Off-Highway Vehicles bullet
California’s playground of rolling hills, steep canyon trails, magnificent desert landscapes, and other off-road tracks are carefully maintained and will challenge the most experienced four-wheel operators. Find an adventure at a state vehicular recreation area near you.

Historic Preservation

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California’s rich cultural heritage is embodied in its historical and archaeological resources. Learn how you can be a partner with the California Office of Historic Preservation in preserving and protecting California’s irreplaceable legacy.