Park Panel Program
California State Parks offers interpretive panels on topics of general interest for a wide variety of park uses. These panels can be purchased for a nominal price (usually around $300 to $450 for State Park units, depending on the fabrication method--contact us for price information for use in other locations). All coordination with vendors regarding fabrication is managed by staff of the Interpretation and Education Division. As funds are available, the list of panels below will grow.
At the discretion of the Interpretation and Education Division, panel text and photographs can be substituted to address issues at a specific park unit or in a specific region--however, additional staff time required to make the substitutions may need to be funded by the requestor.
To order a panel or panels for use in a unit of the California State Park System, use the Internal Order Form. Outside entities who wish to order a panel must use the External Order Form. For external orders, staff time required to prepare the files for fabrication will need to be funded by the requestor. Please print and fill them out by hand, and either fax to the Interpretation and Education Division at (916) 654-9048 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interpretive panels can be made available in alternate formats. Contact email@example.com or call the Interpretation and Education Division at (916) 654-2249 for more information.
The PDF files below show only the 32" x 40" format of each panel; the 24" x 48" format includes the same text and graphics, slightly rearranged.
Volunteers in Parks
Don't Feed Wildlife
San Andreas Fault
Benefits of Fire
Dogs in Parks
Creek Water Quality
Cultural Resources/Human History
Civilian Conservation Corps
Adobe Brick Making
African Americans in California History
California State Parks History
El Camino Real
Native California Indians and Native Plants
California Indian Basketweaving
The Living Soil
Sudden Oak Death
Riparian Forest Animals
Birds of Prey
Rodents and Raptors
Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights
Reading a Beach
Beach Safety (English)
Beach Safety (Spanish)
Swimming Safety (Beach)
Swimming Safety (River)
Trail Safety, General
Trail Safety, Winter
*All panels are copyrighted to California State Parks. Images, text, and designs of panels may not be used without express written permission.
This program replaces the "Generic Panel Program," and this website replaces the "Generic Panel Catalog." The panels shown in that catalog are no longer available for purchase, but many of them have been or are currently being updated (see list of available panels as well as panels now in development, listed at the bottom of this page).
Cleaning and Maintaining Panels
To ensure panels last as long as possible in good condition, it's important to properly care for them on a regular basis. For this reason, we suggest reviewing and retaining a copy of our short guide on Wayside Exhibit Maintenance for your files.
Other Useful Information
Sample Fiberglass-Embedded Panel Specifications
Sample High-Pressure Laminate Panel Specifications
Panel Shelter/Case Specifications (32" x 40" panels)
Panel Frame Specifications (24" x 48" panels)
For information on ordering panel frames and shelters/cases, contact the Interpretation and Education Division at (916) 654-2249.