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Monterey Lifeguard honored with Medal of Valor

Friday, April 24, 2015 | View PDF

State Park Peace Officer/Lifeguard Justin S. McHenry received the  Silver Medal of Valor Thursday, April 23, 2015 for heroic actions in rescuing a woman in dangerous ocean conditions.

Lake Oroville State Park Ranger Honored with Medal of Valor

Friday, April 24, 2015 | View PDF

State Park Peace Officer Evan Walter received the Silver Medal of Valor Thursday, April 23, 2015, for heroic actions to stop an act of gang violence.

Railroad Museum Presents “Trains & Tripods” Photo Opportunity & Lighting Seminar on May 1-2

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | View PDF

Lights, camera, action!  California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to offer a two-part “Trains & Tripods Photo Opportunity & Lighting Seminar” for photographers on Friday evening, May 1 and Saturday morning, May 2, 2015.

California State Historical Resources Commission To Consider Nine Properties for Action

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | View PDF

Next week, the California State Historical Resources Commission will consider eight nominations for federal historic designation, and one nomination for state historic designation.

Chino Hills State Park Entrance Road Scheduled to Open in June

Tuesday, April 21, 2015 | View PDF

CHINO HILLS, Calif. - The new entrance road into Chino Hills State Park is anticipated to open in June 2015 for public access.

Railtown 1897 Offers Opportunity to Meet Author of The Seamstress of Jamestown on April 25

Friday, April 17, 2015 | View PDF

Jamestown, CA – California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to offer special meet-and-greet opportunities with Barbara Hettwer, author of The Seamstress of Jamestown on Saturday, April 25, 2015, a day when steam train rides behind Sierra No.3 are also available. Hettwer will be at the Park from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to talk with visitors and sign copies of her novel that was set in historic Jamestown in the late 1800s. A work of fiction that is immersed in history, The Seamstress of Jamestown will also be available for purchase at the on-site store.

California State Parks Announces Lake Perris State Recreation Area Concession Opportunity

Thursday, April 16, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks is now accepting proposals for a ten-year concession contract to develop and operate an aerial trail system (zipline) within Lake Perris State Recreation Area (SRA) located in Riverside County, California.

State Indian Museum Presents “Just for Kids” Native American Book Sale – April 21-25

Monday, April 13, 2015 | View PDF

In celebration of the State Indian Museum’s 75th anniversary happening this year, the State Indian Museum and California State Parks are proud to present a “Just for Kids” Native American Book Sale on Tuesday, April 21 through Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Sutter’s Fort Sets Up Shop and Recreates California’s First Mall at Traders’ Faire - April 17-19

Friday, April 10, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to present a vibrant, educational and fun three-day event -- “Traders’ Faire - California’s First Mall” -- on Friday, April 17 through Sunday, April 19, 2015.

State Indian Museum “Native Education for All” Event Explores Use of Unrealistic Native American Images

Tuesday, April 07, 2015 | View PDF

In recognition of the Museum’s 75th anniversary this year, the State Indian Museum and California State Parks will present a thought-provoking Native Education for All Series lecture: The Cultural Sabotage of Native American Iconographyon Saturday, April 18, 2015 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

American River Parkway Trail Restriping to Take Place at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Monday, April 06, 2015 | View PDF

Folsom, CA – California State Parks will be re-striping the center lines on the American River Parkway Trail between the Negro Bar park unit and the Hazel Avenue Bridge in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area beginning Monday April 14, and expected to be completed Tuesday April 15.

California State Parks Postpones Waterline Improvement Project at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

Friday, April 03, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks announces that the proposed Waterline Improvement Project at Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve will be postponed.

California State Parks Seeks Input for the Mount Diablo State Park Roads and Trails Plan

Friday, March 27, 2015 | View PDF

Public Input Meeting on Roads and Trails Plan in May.

 

California State Parks Seeks Public Input Regarding Morro Bay State Park Marina and Restaurant Concession Operations

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the City of Morro Bay’s Harbor Advisory Board will accept public comment regarding future development and operation of the marina and restaurant facilities at Morro Bay State Park.  

Tomales Bay State Park Accessibility Improvements

Tuesday, March 24, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks is hosting a community information session to share facility accessibility improvement plans for the scenic and popular Millerton Point area of Tomales Bay State Park, Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.

California State Parks and California Tahoe Conservancy to Host Public Meeting on Kings Beach State Recreation Area Pier Improvements

Monday, March 23, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the California Tahoe Conservancy (Conservancy) will host a public workshop on the potential reconstruction of the public pier at Kings Beach State Recreation Area (KBSRA).

California State Parks and California Tahoe Conservancy to Host Public Meeting on Kings Beach State Recreation Area Pier Improvements

Monday, March 23, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the California Tahoe Conservancy (Conservancy) will host a public workshop on the potential reconstruction of the public pier at Kings Beach State Recreation Area (KBSRA).

California State Parks Explorer Annual Pass Available for Purchase With State Tax Refund

Friday, March 20, 2015 | View PDF

Californians have the opportunity to purchase a California State Parks “California Explorer Annual Pass” on their state income tax return. The pass costs $195 and is good for vehicle use entry fees (up to nine passengers) at more than 130 parks including beaches, lakes, rivers, mountains and historic sites.

 

El Capitan State Beach Camping Unavailable Effective Today

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks is closing camping to El Capitan State Beach effective immediately, due to emergency repairs that need to be conducted to the beach’s well.

Old Sacramento has Just the Ticket for Family Fun…

Friday, March 13, 2015 | View PDF

Interested in riding the rails along the picturesque Sacramento River? Or maybe exploring the alluring underground is more your style? Either way, Old Sacramento State Historic Park has just the ticket with history-rich weekend excursion train rides and crowd-favorite Old Sacramento Underground Tours resuming on April 4 & 5, 2015, with each program offering fun new twists to experience this season.  

Celebrate Spring Aboard Railtown 1897’s Wildflower Train Behind the Famous Sierra No. 3!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | View PDF

With spring in full bloom, California State Parks and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) are proud to provide guests with a unique opportunity to experience spring wildflowers from aboard a train pulled by the “Movie Star Locomotive” Sierra No. 3!

Railtown 1897 Resumes Steam Train Rides Behind Historic Sierra No. 3 Beginning on Saturday, April 4

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 | View PDF

Beginning in April, Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) in Jamestown will resume offering popular steam-powered excursion train rides on weekends at 10:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Nominations for Governor’s 2015 Historic Preservation Awards Accepted Now

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | View PDF

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Governor’s Historic Preservation Awards. The deadline for the receipt of nominations by the California Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) is May 11, 2015.

California State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management Seek Public Input for Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area General Plan

Monday, March 09, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will host two public input meetings on the upcoming joint General Plan/Recreation Area Management Plan/California Desert Conservation Area Land Use Plan Amendment (GP/RAMP/LUPA) and Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS) for Ocotillo Wells State Vehicular Recreation Area (SVRA).

Railroad Museum to Showcase Award-Winning Photographs from Around the World Chosen by the Center for Railroad Photography & Art

Monday, March 09, 2015 | View PDF

In a new exhibit that debuts on Friday, March 20, 2015, California State Parks and the California State Railroad Museum are proud to showcase the impressive award-winning photographs from the prestigious Center for Railroad Photography & Art’s 2014 John E. Gruber Creative Photography Awards Program. With a “Lasting Impressions” theme this year, nearly 400 modern day railroading photographs were submitted from ninety photographers located all over the world.

State Indian Museum Offers Native American Flute Workshop for Beginners

Thursday, March 05, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are proud to offer Native American flute workshops for beginners on various Saturdays this year, including on March 21, May 2, July 18, September 19 and December 5, 2015.

State Indian Museum Presents Native Education Series in Celebration of Women’s History Month

Thursday, March 05, 2015 | View PDF

In celebration of National Women’s History Month, the California State Parks and the State Indian Museum are proud to present a Native Education for All Series: Lesa Phillip Roberts -- The Life of a Choctaw Woman, 1889-1994on Saturday, March 14, from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Free Oil Spill Response Technique Seminars for Southern California Marinas and Yacht Clubs

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 | View PDF

The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways and California Coastal Commission’s Boating Clean and Green Program is participating in two free seminars to learn about proper oil spill response techniques that will prepare them in the event of an actual incident. 

Historic-Style Specialty Grocery and General Store

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 | View PDF

On March 2, California State Parks will begin accepting proposals for a ten year contract to develop, equip, operate, and maintain a historic-style specialty grocery and general store concession in Columbia State Historic Park.

Donner Memorial State Park New Visitor Center to Open In June

Wednesday, March 04, 2015 | View PDF

The new Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center will open its doors to the public on Saturday June 6, 2015 with a special ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony.

New Roof for Historic Gen. Vallejo Home in Sonoma State Historic Park

Friday, February 27, 2015 | View PDF

Construction on a new roof for the historic General Vallejo home in Sonoma State Historic Park will begin on March 2, 2015 and be completed in late spring.

 

Sutter’s Fort to Present “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” on 3/21

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 | View PDF

Continuing a popular series of interactive and fun “Hands on History” activities each month, Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park (SHP) will present a special “Hands on History: Hard Working Women on the Frontier” event on Saturday, March 21, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Donner Memorial State Park Seeking Interested Volunteers

Monday, February 23, 2015 | View PDF

Volunteer training programs will begin on Friday April 17, 2015. At the training sessions, prospective volunteers will have the opportunity to meet with Parks staff, and learn about the various volunteer positions currently available. They will also be able to sign-up for opportunities, and receive training in the Visitors Center operations, as well as the park’s background and regional history. No previous experience is required.

Free Hazardous Materials Trainings for Southern California Marinas and Yacht Clubs

Friday, February 20, 2015 | View PDF

The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways & California Coastal Commission’s Boating Clean and Green Program is hosting two 8-Hour Hazardous Materials/Substances Emergency Response First Responder Operational (HAZWOPER) Trainings in Southern California. 

Herbicide Control of Egeria densa to Begin in the Delta in early March

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 | View PDF

The California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) will begin its 2015 Egeria densa Control Program (EDCP) on March 9 in various areas of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Herbicide Control of Water Hyacinth to Begin in the Delta in early March

Tuesday, February 17, 2015 | View PDF

Herbicide treatment to begin in the Delta for water weeds beginning in early March.

American River Parkway Trail Repair Work to Take Place at Folsom Lake State Recreation Area

Monday, February 09, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks will be doing brush removal along the American River Parkway Trail between the Beals Point and Negro Bar park units in the Folsom Lake State Recreation Area beginning Monday February 17, and expected to last through early March.

California State Parks’ Transformation Team Releases Action Plan, Launches New Website

Friday, February 06, 2015 | View PDF

The California State Parks’ Transformation Team today launched a public website and released their first Transformation Action Plan, which outlines Strategic Goals as well as thirty different priority initiatives for State Parks. The Transformation Action Plan closely follows the Parks Forward final report’s four basic themes, such as making fundamental changes to the Department, enhancing partnerships, expanding park access, and garnering stable and diversified funding.

Dockwalker Program to Begin 15th Year of Trainings in the Spring

Monday, February 02, 2015 | View PDF

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California State Parks Division of Boating and Waterways (DBW) and Coastal Commission’s Boating Clean and Green Program invite boaters to become volunteer Dockwalkers.

Railroad Museum Announces Tuesday Train Rides on the Sacramento Southern Railroad

Thursday, January 29, 2015 | View PDF

Weekday Train Rides Available on Select Tuesdays Starting February 3.

Donner Memorial State Park Seeking Interested Volunteers

Friday, January 23, 2015 | View PDF

Donner Memorial State Park is seeking volunteers to assist with daily operations of the new Visitors Center, set to open its doors in late spring.

California State Historical Resources Commission To Consider Twelve Properties for Action

Thursday, January 22, 2015 | View PDF

Next week, the California State Historical Resources Commission will consider eleven nominations for federal historic designation, and one nomination for state historic designation. Nominations and photographs of properties under consideration are available at http://ohp.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=24368.

Castle Rock Area In Mount Diablo State Park to Close for Falcon Nesting Season

Thursday, January 22, 2015 | View PDF

Walnut Creek, Calif.--The area known as “Castle Rock” in Mount Diablo State Park will be closed off to visitors from February 1st to July 31st to help protect the Peregrine Falcon during their nesting season.

California State Parks Announces Transformation Team

Thursday, January 22, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks is announcing the establishment of the Transformation Team, which is composed of experienced parks staff and outside consultants, and is tasked with developing and leading State Parks in executing structural and sustainable reforms, as well as implementing many of the initiatives to be outlined in the upcoming Parks Forward final report.

UPDATE: Prescribed Burn Planned in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park POSTPONED

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks is postponing a prescribed burn in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park previously scheduled to take place on Wednesday January 21, 2015, due to unfavorable weather conditions.

California State Parks Seeks Public Input Regarding an Aerial Trail System (Zipline) Concession at Lake Perris SRA

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks will accept public comment regarding a future aerial trail system (zipline) concession project at Lake Perris State Recreation Area (SRA).

Prescribed Burn Planned in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 | View PDF

California State Parks will be conducting a prescribed burn in Cuyamaca Rancho State Park with CAL FIRE’s assistance on Wednesday January 21, 2015.

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park Seeking Interested Volunteers

Monday, January 12, 2015 | View PDF

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park (SHP) is seeking volunteers to help with education and interpretation programs at the park, and will be hosting an open house at the end of the month to offer more information.

More Than 1,200 Hikers Participated in California State Parks 2015 First Day Hikes

Tuesday, January 06, 2015 | View PDF

The diversity of California State Parks was enjoyed by more than 1,200 hikers who stepped out New Year’s Day to take part in the Annual First Day Hike events held at several state parks across California.

Three Launch Ramps Open at Lake Oroville

Tuesday, January 06, 2015 | View PDF

Officials at the Lake Oroville State Recreation Area announced that the launch ramps at Bidwell Canyon, Lime Saddle and Spillway are all open for boat launching.