My Fun Future in the Outdoors! Cardiff (Seaside) State Beach

Cardiff (Seaside) State Beach (Tower 10) 355 S Coast Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA

Do you like to explore nature and protect all its creatures? Do you enjoy using your imagination to build and preserve special places? Or maybe your dream job is to be a modern-day hero? Well, you’re in luck because California State Parks has careers in all these specialties! Join us at Cardiff (Seaside) State Beach …

Natural Resources Volunteer Day at Pt. Lobos SNR

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve 62 CA-1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

Come see what land restoration work is all about! Join us for a morning protecting habitat at beautiful Point Lobos SNR. Help support our ongoing weed management and restoration projects by pulling invasive plants. Please inquire at the entrance kiosk for exact meeting location. Bring water and wear close-toed shoes. Registration is required. Email volunteer.monterey@parks.ca.gov …

Free

Jr. Ranger Career Day

Refugio State Beach 10 Refugio Beach Rd, Goleta, CA

Calling all Junior Rangers: come and join the fun! Visit a variety of hands-on exploration stations in the park. Meet our rangers, lifeguards, interpreters, and maintenance staff. Find out what their role is in our parks.

Free

California State Parks Staff Activity Booth

Day Use Parking Lot #4 at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 26 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Big Sur, CA

Meet State Parks staff and Learn about the many different career area within California State Parks at this drop-in program.Type: In-person program Group size maximum: None Cost: $10/vehicle entry fee

$10.00

Junior Ranger Program

Doheny State Beach Campfire Center 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA

Join Junior Rangers with Park Naturalist Vicki; meet in the Campfire Center

Free

Meet a State Park Interpreter at Point Lobos!

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve 62 CA-1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

As part of California State Parks "Parks Week," join Interpreter Alec at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve for Kids Career Day. We'll have a Q&A session about how to be a California State Park Interpreter while streaming live from a kayak in Whalers Cove at Point Lobos!Type: Virtual Program Group size maximum: 500 Cost: Free …

Virtual Career Day

Online

Ever wonder what it is like to work for California State Parks? Well, join us on Facebook Live and find out! Meet the staff of Millerton Lake State Recreation Area and hear their stories on; what they do from day to day, why they started their careers with California State Park and more. Tune in, …

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Junior Ranger Program

Bothe- Napa Valley State Park 3801 St Helena Highway N., Calistoga

Join Napa Open Space District Naturalist for a led hike and Junior Ranger program along Ritchey Creek in Bothe- Napa Valley State Park. The program involves creek exploration, plant and animal identification, and history of the area. The program will also include a short discussion on different careers in the Parks and Natural Resource Management …

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Junior Archaeology and Junior Geology at Bodie State Historic Park

Bodie State Historic Park Highway 270, Bridgeport, CA

Learn some basic archaeological and mining geological concepts through fun activities and explorations with park staff and volunteers. Meeting location: in front of the Red Barn at Bodie SHP (12515 Bodie Road, Bridgeport, CA) Activity: standing educational activity Meeting time: continuous from 11am-3pm Event length: variable, but at least 15 minutes Activity descriptions: Max capacity: …

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Children’s Career Fair

Calaveras Big Trees - Campfire Center 1170 CA-4, Arnold, CA

Meet California State Parks staff, interns, and volunteers and listen to stories about working in California State Parks. Explore real-world skills and create memories through hand-on activities. This fair is open to all ages but focuses on engaging children.

Free

Oceano Dunes’ Kids Career Day

Grand Ave Parking Lot Grand Ave, Grover Beach, CA

Displays, equipment, interactive exhibits, handouts, multi-classification attendance.

Free

‘Live the Parks Life’ State Park Careers, Seasonal Jobs, and Interpretive Careers

Online

‘Live the Parks Life’ with State Park Interpreter John! Learn about the wide variety of jobs in California State Parks. Participants will find out about seasonal positions and how to apply at a park near you. We will discuss the role that interpreters play in the park system and exams for permanent employment for those …

Free

Parks Careers: How Environmental Scientists Steward Natural Resources in Bay Area District Parks

Online

This webinar will introduce young people to the many fun and interesting ways that State Park Environmental Scientists take care of the natural resources in the Bay Area District of State Parks. From endangered species conservation, to tree inspections, to forest and fire management and more, participants will get a glimpse of what a natural …

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Palomar Mountain State Park Health and Wellness

Palomar Mountain State Park and Social Media 19952 State Park Drive, Palomar Mountain, CA

Post a video about the different kinds of experiences you can get at the park for health and wellness, e.g. the pond being great for meditation and relaxation, which trails to take for a relaxing walk, which trails to take for a decent hike, and which trails to take for a challenging trek. Park Interpretive …

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Tai Chi at the Beach

Huntington State Beach 21601 Pacific Coast Hwy, Huntington Beach, CA

Start your morning with tai chi led by our volunteers

Free

Hike at McKenzie Point to Winchell Bay

McKenzie Point parking lot 5290 Millerton Rd, Friant, CA

Meet at the parking lot at McKenzie Point to begin a hike along the Blue Oak Trail. Contouring the lakeshore, we will make our way around the bend and into Winchell Bay. The walk will offer views of the recreation area and a chance to stay healthy with a little morning exercise.

Free

Redwood Relaxation

Campfire Center at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park Pfeiffer Big Sur Rd, Big Sur, CA 93920, Big Sur, CA

This one-hour program will meet at the Campfire Center at Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park. Learn how redwoods contribute to the well-being of visitors to Big Sur State Parks. Type: In-person program Group size maximum: 20 Cost: $10/vehicle entry fee Directions: 26 miles south of Carmel on Highway 1

$10.00

A Walk on the Beach-Then and Now

Cardiff (Seaside) State Beach 355 S Coast Hwy 101, Solana Beach, CA

Much has changed over time, but one thing that hasn’t changed is that a walk along the beach can lift our spirits. If visiting a local beach today is not possible, please join us virtually for a walk at Cardiff (Seaside) State Beach, also home to Swami’s State Marine Conservation Area, to enjoy the view, …

Health & Wellness Hike

Berns Amphitheater - Lower Moro Day Use Area - Crystal Cove State Park 8471 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

Join a park naturalist for a health and wellness hike at Crystal Cove State Park. Learn about local flora and fauna while enjoying the backcountry of Crystal Cove.

Free

Guided Lava Bluffs Trail Hike

Lave Bluffs Trailhead 1171 CA-4, Arnold, CA

Meet at the Lava Bluffs Trailhead. This moderate to strenuous 2.5 mile trail will take the group through varied environments and across a volcanic formation with a chance of spotting wildflowers. There are many steep sections along this trail, including some with difficult footing. Long pants and sturdy shoes are advised. Allow 2–3 hours and …

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Fido on a Fire Road

Jack Knight Hall 1172 CA-4, Arnold, CA

Meet at Jack Knight Hall for an approximately 2 mile hike on a park fire road to the Scenic Overlook. While dogs are not allowed on trails in the park, they are allowed on fire roads. There are a number of great fire roads throughout the park. All dogs must be on a 6ft maximum …

Free

Asilomar Coastal Walk

Asilomar Coastal Trail 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

This two-hour, two-mile roundtrip walk begins at the Asilomar Social Hall at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. A walk on the Asilomar Coast trail promotes physical and mental health with amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, coastal wildlife, and native plants. Easy-moderate walk; visitors should wear good walking shoes, sun protection, and bring water. Type: In-person …

Free

Parks PE at Hearst Castle

Online

Join us live on the California State Parks Facebook page for some fun and invigorating exercises from Hearst Castle!

Free

Health and Wellness Day at Point Cabrillo

Point Cabrillo Lighthouse SHP 13800 Point Cabrillo Dr, Mendocino, CA

Walk, breathe and stretch at Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park. Explore the trails on your own or with a PCLK docent (meet at 10am in the parking lot next to the Kearn Family Farmhouse Visitor Center), engage in a stretching session (time TBA) and enjoy the ocean breeze.

Free

Shasta State Historic Park StoryWalk

Shasta State Historic Park 15312 CA-299, Redding, CA

Bring your little ones out to explore and walk along some of the quieter trails that meander among the historic buildings within the park while reading pages together as a family from an illustrated children's book.The location for the featured StoryWalk® at Shasta State Historic Park is in the picnic area of the park next …

Free

Mindful Moments – Journaling by the Sea

Social Media

Mindful moments help you stay happy, healthy, and connected to nature. Join Park Interpretive Specialist, Carissa Towne, for nature journaling tips live on San Luis Obispo Coast District YouTube Channel.

Free

Adventure Lab with Gary the Grey Squirrel

Shasta State Historic Park 15312 CA-299, Redding, CA

Come on out to the park and have some fun while you get some exercise playing Adventure Lab! Those steps will add up as you find the clues to solve the puzzle. The Adventure Lab® app guides players through the process of a unique outdoor scavenger hunt, find clues, solve puzzles, and complete Adventures.

Free

Nature Notes

Mount Diablo State Park 2675 Mt Diablo Scenic Blvd, Danville, CA

Whether one page or the start of a nature journal, taking notes is a way to slow down and enjoy being in nature. Join us on a short stroll with plenty of opportunities to stop and take a closer look at what is around us, above us, and underfoot. We’ll provide some tips on observing …

Free

Kayak Safety and Tour

Oneill Forebay 31426 Gonzaga Road, Gustine, CA

State Park lifeguards will talk aquatic safety while operating a kayak including weather condition concerns such as wind. Demonstration on safe kayak use will take place followed by a short practice and tour of the south beach area of San Luis Creek on the water. Bring water, clothing appropriate for water activities, sunscreen, personal floatation …

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Pastimes of Old Town San Diego

Old Town San Diego State Historic Park Old Town San Diego SHP Park Plaza, San Diego, CA

How did the children that lived in Old Town San Diego spend their free time? Outdoors! Discover the different games that would have been played by inhabitants of what is now Old Town San Diego, including the Kumeyaay game ‘p’shok,’ as well as lawn games such as ‘hoop and stick,’ egg races, and tug of …

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Park Walk at Doheny State Beach

Doheny State Beach Lifeguard Tower 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA

Park Walk; join us at the Lifeguard Tower for an hour long, informative walk throughout the Park; Mission Hospital Trauma Center to have an info table at beginning of the walk to promote public safety.

Free

Nature Journaling for Mental Health

Butano State Park 1500 Cloverdale Rd, Pescadero, CA

Nature Journaling is the practice of intentional curiosity and mindfulness in nature. Join a State Park Interpreter to learn about the benefits of documenting your experiences and observations, as well as some beginner-friendly skills and exercises to help you deepen your relationship with nature. Use the paper & colored pencils provided by us or bring …

Free

Free Kayak Tour

Refugio State Beach 10 Refugio Beach Rd, Goleta, CA

Adventure awaits! Enjoy a free guided kayak tour of the beautiful Gaviota Coastline. We will be exploring the prolific kelp beds, absorbing inspiring coastal views, and discovering a region full of abundant marine life. Reminder List for Participants: Hats, sunscreen, and comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting wet. In Park Location: Meet outside of …

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“Forest Bathing” at Sugar Pine Preserve

Ed Z’Berg Sugar Pine Point State Park 7360 W Lake Blvd, Tahoma, CA

Not just a walk in the woods, the practice of forest bathing (Shinrinyoku) involves using all of one's senses to take in the forest atmosphere. Developed in Japan in the 1980s, this meditative practice has proven health benefits including lowering stress hormones and raising immunity. Join us on a forest bathing, meditative walk through Sugar …

Journaling, Hiking, and New Ways to Enjoy Nature

Olompali State Historic Park 8901 Redwood Boulevard, Novato

Come out and celebrate Health and Wellness Day with an Interpreter lead ~3 mile hike along the Miwok Loop Trail at Olompali State Historic Park. Explore the diverse natural and cultural landscape of Olompali SHP, learn techniques for observing the natural landscape, how to start a nature journal, and ways to get the most out …

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Mental health interpretive hike

Donner Memorial State Park 12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA

Time in nature is scientifically proven to boost your mood, lower anxiety, and so much more! Listen to the sounds of nature as we hike deeper into the park. Bring your lunch and we’ll picnic in the shade by a backwoods pond. Distance: 3.5 mi., easy hike Meeting at: Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center, …

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Health and Wellness Hike

Sawmill Flats Nature Hike Stone Creek Campground 5 miles North of Idyllwild on HWY 243, CA

Hike with park staff on the Sawmill Flats Trail from Stone Creek Campground. The hike is roughly 4 miles round trip with an approximate 767 foot elevation change. It is considered a fairly easy hike that is suitable for families and beginner hikers. Bring water and decent hiking boots or outdoor type shoes

Free

ParkRx: Forest Therapy Walk — CA State Parks Week

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood

Have you heard about Shinrin-yoku or Forest bathing? Here is an opportunity to take a walk and experience the practice for yourself to celebrate the first annual California State Parks Week, (June 14-18) presented by California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, Parks California and the California State Parks Foundation. Through special community events and …

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Monterey History Walk

Monterey State Historic Park 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA

What better way to stay healthy than going for an easy stroll and learning about history? Join Monterey State Historic Park staff as we walk through historic gardens and discover significant buildings and characters from yesteryear. Begin at the historic Custom House adjacent to Fishermen’s Wharf, downtown Monterey. Easy walk - approx. 0.5 miles.Type: In-person …

$10.00

Nature Journaling at the Blue Oak Picnic area

Blue Oak Picnic Area 5290 Millerton Rd, Friant, CA

Escape the heat of the day and take shade at the Blue Oak Picnic area, where you can appreciate nature while staying cool. Create your own nature journal and allow your creativity to flow. Practice mindfulness by taking time to appreciate the natural beauty around you, while journaling or creating works of art. Please, park …

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Walk through a Gold Mine

Empire Mine State Historic Park 10791 E Empire St, Grass Valley, CA

Meet at 11am from the Main Parking Lot. Hiking the 2.5 mile Osborn Hill Loop Trail, a moderate trail with some elevation gain/loss. Suggested ages: 10+ and 30 people as the maximum. Dogs on leash are allowed on this trail, however, please leave your dogs at home for the group hike. The Osborn Hill Loop …

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Guided Three Senses Trail Hike

Three Senses Trailhead 1173 CA-4, Arnold, CA

Meet at the Big Stump and enjoy an accessible guided hike of the 800ft Three Senses Trail. This hike focuses on the senses of hearing, touching and smelling. Please allow for 45 mins.

Free

Oceano Dunes’ Health and Wellness

Oceano Dunes District Visitor Center 555 Pier Ave, Oceano, CA

Guiton Hall Trail Project Grand Opening Celebration New ADA access and trail improvements. Celebrate trail improvements. Self-guided walk. Scavenger hunt for children. Docent/park staff on site, discuss; Bird identification. Native plant garden. Lagoon habitat.

Free

Nature Journaling

Calaveras Big Trees - Campfire Center 1170 CA-4, Arnold, CA

You don’t have to hike to enjoy nature. During this guided exercise, you learn how to focus your mind and appreciate the detail of the forest community. The creation of a nature journal allows for creativity and relaxation.

Free

Kite Day at Candlestick Point SRA

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area 500 Hunters Point Expressway, San Francisco

Candlestick Point SRA is one of the best spots for wind sports in San Francisco. Join us on Health and Wellness Day to take advantage of our windy weather with kite flying activities. Bring your own kite or borrow one of ours, as we fly kites, create a kite-themed craft, and learn about our other …

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Wildflower Wellness!

Mendocino Headlands SP 45035 Main St, Mendocino, CA

Join MendoParks and park staff for a wildflower exploration along the Mendocino Headlands followed by plant-inspired yoga at Big River Beach. We’ll begin at the Ford House Visitor Center and Museum for a brief wildflower talk with MendoParks docent Mario Aberu, who will then take us on a wildflower exploration from the Mendocino Headlands down …

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Therapeutic Thursday

Los Angeles State Historic Park, Wetland Area 1245 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

Therapeutic Thursday will be an afternoon of health and wellness related programming in the quiet, naturalized wetland area of Los Angeles State Historic Park. The event will highlight health and wellness related program offerings at the park, including Tai Chi and Yoga classes, and offer special day-of programs which may include forest bathing, a sunset …

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Monterey History Walk

Monterey State Historic Park 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA

Program Description: What better way to stay healthy than going for an easy stroll and learning about history? Join Monterey State Historic Park staff as we walk through historic gardens and discover significant buildings and characters from yesteryear. Begin at the historic Custom House adjacent to Fishermen’s Wharf, downtown Monterey. Easy walk - approx. 0.5 …

$10.00

Yoga at the Historic Cottage Patio

San Clemente State Beach Historic Cottage Visitor Center 225 Avenida Calafia, San Clemente, CA

Free yoga class at the Historic Cottage patio lead by Jessica Seabern.

Free

Palomar Mountain State Park Stewardship Day

Palomar Mountain State Park and Social Media 19952 State Park Drive, Palomar Mountain, CA

Clean Soil, Air, and Water Video. Post a video all about how we can help to sustain clean soil, air, and water in everyday life and how that relates to the well being of the resources at the park. Weather permitting, Park Interpretive Specialist will host a 1-day volunteer event for invasive plant and trash …

Free

Discover the Secrets of the Redwood Forest

Online

This on-demand video will take you to Samuel P. Taylor State Park, a hidden redwood canyon park in Marin County. Experience the majesty of a redwood forest and learn why it is important to protect places like this. Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CjRioNg728

Free

Weeding for Biodiversity

Mount Diablo State Park 2675 Mt Diablo Scenic Blvd, Danville, CA

Learn about the amazing variety of plant life at Mount Diablo State Park which includes species that are only found here. Threatening this rich diversity are some species that can turn an area with many types of plants into an area where there is only one. You can help as we pitch in with our …

Free

Rockin’ Restoration

Tijuana Estuary Natural Preserve 301 Caspian Way, Imperial Beach, CA

Join the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve’s long term stewardship volunteers for planting and weeding in the maritime succulent scrub along the North McCoy Trail with our partners, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Refuge. Space is limited and registrations is required. Please register here.

Free

Half Moon Bay Coastal Habitat Restoration

Dunes Beach portion of Half Moon Bay State Beach 12 Young Ave,, Half Moon Bay, CA

Volunteers will learn about natural resource stewardship and habitat restoration as they work to restore dune and bluff vegetation by removing invasive species and preparing areas for planting native species. The restoration project will focus on building resiliency to climate change and the potential loss of sensitive coastal habitats.

Free

Natural Resources Volunteer Friday at Asilomar

Asilomar Social Hall - Asilomar Conference Grounds 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, CA

This is a WEEKLY program where we plant native plants, remove invasive plants, fence our endangered species, and more! Project and meeting location will vary week by week. Please contact joseph.leliaert@parks.ca.gov for meeting location.

Free

Fire Recovery Hike

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood

Join Dr. Dan Levitis on this approximately 2-mile fire recovery hike to celebrate the first annual California State Parks Week, (June 14-18) presented by California State Parks, Save the Redwoods League, Parks California and the California State Parks Foundation. Through special community events and in-person and virtual programming, this inaugural event celebrates California’s 279 state …

Free

Watchable Wildlife

Piedras Blancas Northern Elephant Seal Rookery San Simeon, CA

Giving wildlife space leads to more spectacular moments in Hearst San Simeon State Park. Meet Park Staff and Volunteers at the main northern elephant seal viewing area (VP3) to learn about ways to enjoy watchable wildlife while giving them space to thrive and survive. Volunteer Photo Credit: Phil Arnold

Free

Stewardship Day at Hungry Valley

Hungry Valley SVRA Activity Center 5301 Ralphs Ranch Road, Gorman, CA

Stewardship Day will focus on fire ecology and California native plants

Stewardship Day at Point Cabrillo

Point Cabrillo Light Station SHP 13800 Point Cabrillo Dr, Mendocino, CA

What is a Marine Protected Area (MPA)? What is a “Whale Trail”? Discuss these topics in addition to the history of restoration, ongoing stewardship and management of Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park with PCLK docents while enjoying a walk from the Kearn Family Farmhouse Visitor Center to the Lighthouse and back.

Open House in the Butterfly Garden

Doheny State Beach Butterfly Garden 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA

Open House in Butterfly Garden, learn about native plant restoration and native pollinator plants

Make Native Plant Seed Balls!

San Clemente State Beach Junior Ranger Picnic Tables 225 W Avenida Calafia, San Clemente, CA

Make seed balls with native wildflower seeds. Help create more native habitat in your own backyard. This is a program to create and distribute native plant seed balls.

Free

Stewardship at Pescadero Marsh & Beyond

Pescadero Marsh Natural Preserve 35 Pescadero Creek Rd, Pescadero, CA

Take an easy two-hour stroll on the mile-long Sequoia Audubon Trail through the Pescadero Marsh while learning about the fascinating human history of the Marsh from the days of the Ohlone to the present. Discover the byways of the Pescadero and Butano Creeks as they flow through this restored marsh to meet the Pacific Ocean. …

Free

The Environmental Impacts of Mining and Modern Solutions

Malakoff Diggins SHP Museum 23579 N Bloomfield Rd,, Nevada City, CA

2-mile moderate guided hike on Diggins Loop Trail A “wide-lens” introduction to the history of hydraulic mining and its impact on the environment. This guided hike will take participants into the historic Diggins for a first-hand experience of park history and resources. Current issues concerning water quality and environmental degradation will be addressed, as will …

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Stewardship Day Park Cleanup

Candlestick Point State Recreation Area 500 Hunters Point Expressway, San Francisco

Help Candlestick Point State Recreation Area keep the San Francisco Bay clean and healthy by joining us for a Park Cleanup day. Trash in and around Candlestick Point doesn't just stay there- it often blows into the San Francisco Bay, affecting water quality, marine animals, and us! By helping us keep our park clean, we …

Free

Historic Sites Preservation Tour at Monterey State Historic Park

Monterey State Historic Park 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA

Monterey State Historic Park stewards the conservation and interpretation of some of the oldest buildings in California. Join us to learn how MSHP ensures these historic sites continue to tell the stories of Monterey. This easy walk begins at the historic Custom House adjacent to Fishermen’s Wharf, downtown Monterey. Easy walk - approx. 0.5 miles. …

The Forest Community and Prescribed Fire

Big Stump 1176 CA-4, Arnold, CA

Meet at the Big Stump to explore the role of prescribed fire in the forest community. You will have the opportunity to look at areas that have been treated with fire prescription and compare them to untreated forest. This walk will include hike with elevation change. Allow for 1.5 hours and bring water.

Marine Protected Area Tidepool Cart at Crystal Cove

Crystal Cove State Park Historic District 8471 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

Visit a park naturalist at this fun and educational tidepool information table! Learn about the tidepool animals in Crystal Cove State Park's Marine Protected Area.

Stewardship – Keep Wildlife Wild

Oceano Dunes District Visitor Center 555 Pier Ave, Oceano, CA

Educational displays interactive activities for children, to keep wildlife wild within our parks.

Free

Meadow Walk in Calaveras State Park

North Grove Campsite #16 1177 CA-4, Arnold, CA

Meet near North Grove Campsite #16. The North Grove Meadow has fascinating human history that threatened the very existence of the meadow. You will discover how California State Parks restored the meadow to its original beauty and usefulness. Allow for 1 hour and bring water.

State Parks Belong to All of Us!

San Juan Bautista SHP 19 Franklin St., San Juan Bautista, CA

California State Parks is a rich system of parks that protects California’s natural and cultural sites. These parks belong to all of us, let’s discover how to protect what is ours. Join us for this short tour of the richness of San Juan Bautista’s historic buildings and know how we can continue to protect this …

Marine Protected Areas at Point Lobos

Point Lobos State Natural Reserve -Weston Beach Marine Protected Area Three miles south of Carmel on Highway 1, Carmel-By-The-Sea, CA

Join us on spectacular Weston Beach at Point Lobos State Natural Reserve for a drop-in Q&A session on the subject of ‘Marine Protected Areas.’ State Park Interpreter Alec will be at Weston Beach with tide pool brochures and information on how to better your experience and deepen your knowledge of America’s oldest State Marine Reserve.Type: …

$10

Discover the Asilomar Sand Dunes Preserve

Asilomar Dunes Natural Preserve 800 Asilomar Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA

This one-hour dune walk begins at the Asilomar Social and takes visitors through the highly protected Asilomar Dunes Preserve. Along the way, visitors will view dune flora and fauna, and learn about the historic destruction of the dune habitat, its restoration, and current maintenance and protection of this resource by State Parks staff and volunteers. …

Partnership/Volunteer Day at Anza-Borrego

Anza Borrego Desert State Park Visitor Center 200 Palm Canyon Drive, Borrego Springs, CA

Half-hour program with Anza Borrego Foundation (ABF) and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP) staff sharing land acquisition stories and how that benefits visitors and wildlife. Offered 2x during the day. This program will be in person and Live-streamed on FB Social media post(s) on Anza Borrego Foundation (ABF) acquisitions and projects ABF information table at …

Partnerships/Volunteers Day

Palomar Mountain State Park 19952 State Park Drive, Palomar Mountain, CA

Park Interpretive Specialist will work with Friends of Palomar Mountain State Park; they will offer memberships and ask for donations. Offer opportunity for Boucher Tower Volunteers to have a booth set up on this day as well.

Free

Leo Carrillo Trail Maintenance

Leo Carrillo State Park South Beach Parking Lot 35000 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

Maintenance and repair of Nicholas Flats and Willow Creek trails.

Trippet Ranch Trail Maintenance

Topanga State Park Trippet Ranch Parking Lot 20825 Entrada Rd, Topanga, CA

Maintenance and repair of Trippet Ranch trails.

Free

Half Moon Bay Volunteer Habitat Restoration

Dunes Beach portion of Half Moon Bay State Beach 12 Young Ave,, Half Moon Bay, CA

We will invite new volunteers to join a core group of State Parks and California State Parks Foundation volunteers at Half Moon Bay State Beach. Volunteers will work on an on-going habitat restoration project, removing invasive species and preparing areas for planting with native species. The project will include a focus on the importance of …

Free

Crystal Cove State Park Partnership Day

Berns Amphitheater - Lower Moro Day Use Area - Crystal Cove State Park 8471 N. Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA

Weeding to help restore habitat in the Bowl at Moro Canyon.

Volunteer at Ford Ord Dunes State Park with CSPF!

Fort Ord Dunes State Park Parking lot,, Marina, CA

Natural Resources Volunteer Day with California State Parks Foundation Volunteer with our partners at CSPF to help protect sensitive habitat! We will be removing invasive, non-native vegetation and collecting litter from the historic Ft. Ord Dunes. Join us at the main Ft. Ord Dunes parking lot at the end of 8th Street in Marina. Please …

Guided Hike/Volunteer Work Day with Napa Open Space District

Bothe- Napa Valley State Park 3801 St Helena Highway N., Calistoga

In support of State Parks Week's Stewardship Day, Napa Open Space District Staff will be leading a guided hike and light volunteer workday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The hike will be approximately 3.5 miles covering park overview, history and looking at forest recovery from the 2020 Glass Fire. Participants will work on brushing a …

Free

StoryWalk at Lake Oroville

Lake Oroville State Recreation Area 930 Garden Dr, Oroville, CA

StoryWalk - Come stroll along one of the park's beautiful trails around the North Forebay with your little ones and read pages from an illustrated children's book. This event encourages our young readers to enjoy the story while visiting our park's open spaces. Hands on educational activities are available to strengthen the story's message. StoryWalk® …

Free

Citizen Scientists needed for FLOW program at Visitor Center

Bolsa Chica State Beach Visitor Center 17851 PCH, Huntington Beach, CA

Become a Citizen Scientist by testing water samples to determine what lurks in our ocean at Bolsa Chica State Beach. Meet us at the Visitor Center.

Free

StoryWalk

William B Ide Adobe SHP 21659 Adobe Road, Red Bluff, CA

Come stroll along one of the park's beautiful trails that follow the Sacramento River with your little ones and read pages from an illustrated children's book. This event encourages our young readers to enjoy the story while visiting our park's open spaces. Hands on educational activities are available to strengthen the story's message. StoryWalk® Project …

Free

Pudding Creek Beach Clean Up

Pudding Creek Silvergate Parking Lot 1121 N Main St, Fort Bragg, CA

Volunteer with park partners and staff to clean up Pudding Creek Beach at MacKerricher SP. MendoParks will provide bags, gloves, etc. but if you have litter getters please pack them along with your water, layers, hat, and sunscreen. Location: Pudding Creek Silvergate Parking Lot (between the Beachcomber and Surf & Sand hotels off Hwy 1) …

Free

Juneteenth Celebration at Folsom Lake

Negro Bar Day Use Area, Folsom Lake SRA Negro Bar Day Use Area, Folsom, CA

Juneteenth Celebration - Exact coordination of events still in progress

Free

Columbia SHP Volunteer Open House

Eagle Cottage, Columbia State Historic Park 371500400, Columbia, CA

Interested in volunteering for Columbia State Historic Park? Attend this informative open house to learn about the many ways you can support the park as a state park volunteer. Opportunities exist that include becoming a living history docent, providing special event support, performing historical research, assisting with historical costuming, and working in the park museum.

Free

Marshall Gold Discovery SHP @ El Dorado County Fair

El Dorado County Fairgrounds 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville, CA

MGDSHP has a booth set up at El Dorado County Fair. We are currently working on themes for June 16: Health and Wellness Day, June 17: Stewardship Day, June 18: Partnership Day/Volunteer Day. Each of these 3 days we will represent the Parks Week theme at the fairgrounds.

Free

Meet our Partner, Calaveras Big Trees Association

Calaveras Big Trees Visitor Center 1170 East, CA-4, Arnold, CA

Meet Calaveras Big Trees Association (CBTA) at the Visitor Center. CBTA is a non-profit partner of Calaveras Big Trees State Park and with their partnership California State Parks is able to provide educational and interpretive programs that inspire stewardship and foster connections.

Free

“Thank You, Volunteers” Public Walk

Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve Visitor Center 12600 North Torrey Pines Road, San Diego, CA

Looking to head outdoors? The docents at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve invite you to join then for an easy to moderate two-hour long hike. Explore our beautiful reserve and learn interesting facts about its natural and cultural history. See you at Torrey Pines State Natural Reserve!

Free

Asilomar Ramble

Asilomar Social Hall - Asilomar Conference Grounds 800 Asilomar Ave, Pacific Grove, CA

This 1-hour 20-minute history tour of the Asilomar Conference Grounds begins at the Asilomar Social Hall. Explore women’s history at Asilomar as a YWCA (Young Women’s Christian Association) summer camp and conference ground, Julia Morgan architecture, and the continued conference grounds legacy thanks to the partnership between CA State Parks and Asilomar Concessionaire, Aramark. Easy …

Free

Trail Cleanup at San Onofre State Beach

San Onofre State Beach, San Mateo Campground Campfire Center 830 Cristianitos Road San Clemente, San Clemente, CA

Short daytime campfire program at San Mateo Campground. After program break into 2 separate groups and do trail clean ups. Group 1 trail to Trestles & beach clean up. Group 2 head inland to Parcel 1 and trail clean up. SOPF pop up shop in Day Use Parking lot.

Free

Volunteer Open House at Doheny SB Visitor Center

Doheny State Beach Visitor Center 25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA

Volunteer Open House at Visitor Center; learn about volunteer opportunities from a Foundation Board member

Free

Partnership and Volunteer Day at Fort Tejon

Fort Tejon State Historic Park 4201 Fort Tejon Road, Lebec, CA

A virtual presentation and tour of Fort Tejon SHP about partnership/volunteer opportunities.

Free

Volunteers and Partnerships

Wilder Ranch Interpretive Center, Wilder Ranch State Park 1401 Coast Rd, Santa Cruz, CA

Wilder Ranch’s monthly living history day on Saturday, June 18 will feature booths in the historic complex highlighting our many docent and partner organizations that contribute to this working ranch.  Living history demonstrations, animal tours and ranch tours will be offered throughout the event.

Estuary Kayak Tour

Online

Keep wildlife wild and recreate responsibly. Sealife Steward volunteers launch a LIVE kayak tour of Morro Bay's estuary on Facebook @MorroBayStateParks to share tips how we can all protect wildlife while exploring Morro Bay State Park.

Free

Angel Island Volunteer Day

Angel Island State Park 41 Pier, San Francisco

Volunteers will help spruce up Ayala Cove near the ferry dock by cleaning, removing invasive plants, and getting ready for summer. Wear layers, bring gloves and water bottle. RSVP to tours.angelisland@parks.ca.gov for ferry info, project will be held between 10:30am-1:00pm (ferry timing varies depending on ferry choice from San Francisco or Tiburon).

Free

Partnership/Volunteer Day at Antelope Valley

Antelope Valley Indian Museum SHP 15701 East Avenue M, Lancaster, CA

A California Indian artist will provide demonstrations of indigenous art at the Antelope Valley Indian Museum SHP.

Free

Joss House Heritage Garden Volunteer Project

Weaverville Joss House SHP South West corner of Highway 299 and Oregon Street, Weaverville, CA

Join park staff and get your hands dirty as we clean up the Heritage Garden. The park's garden has missed tending hands during the pandemic and the strength of the Tiger is behind us as we recharge the beauty in the garden.

Free

What a Bird Eats? A Walking Tour of Benicia SRA

Benicia SRA 1 State Park Rd, Benicia, CA

A walking tour of the salt marshes at Benicia SRA where we discuss what a bird eats. Focus for this walk will be on three bird families and identifying how their diet (the food they eat) is dictated by unique adaptations each family has.

Free

The Partners and Volunteers of Monterey State Historic Park

Monterey State Historic Park 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA

Come explore Monterey State Historic Park on an hour-long guided history walk. We’ll learn the many ways that park partners and volunteers help to enhance our visitors’ experience while strolling past some of California’s most historic sites. Begin at the historic Custom House adjacent to Fishermen’s Wharf, downtown Monterey. Easy walk - approx. 0.5 miles.Type: …

$10.00

Guided Docent Tours of Wolf House and Beauty Ranch

Jack London State Historic Park 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA

Join us for guided hikes around Jack London State Historic Park. These hikes will be led by our well-trained volunteer docents. Wolf House: Join us for this pleasant and informative 1 ½ hour walk to the dramatic Wolf House ruins with a side trip to Jack and Charmian London’s gravesite. Docents will tell you interesting …

Free

Partnership/Volunteer Day at Point Cabrillo

Point Cabrillo Light Station SHP 13800 Point Cabrillo Dr, Mendocino, CA

From greeting visitors, to polishing the historic lens, volunteers do it all at Point Cabrillo. Celebrate PCLK volunteers and explore volunteer opportunities with light snacks at the picnic tables in the yard of First Assistant Lightkeeper’s House. 12-3. Past, present and future volunteers welcome. There will be cake!

Free

Volunteer Open House at Sonoma State Historic Park

Sonoma State Historic Park 20 E Spain St #5729, Sonoma, CA

Interested in volunteering for Sonoma State Historic Park? Attend an informative open house to learn about the many ways you can support the park as a state park volunteer. Volunteers will also be on site offering free tours of some of Sonoma State Historic Park's most historic sites from 1pm-3pm.

Free

Become a San Juan Bautista State Historic Park volunteer and join the past!

San Juan Bautista SHP 19 Franklin St., San Juan Bautista, CA

Did you ever want to time travel? At San Juan Bautista State Historic Park, you can travel back in time, as a volunteer! Join us for a tour of the many volunteer opportunities that San Juan has to offer, such as blacksmithing, tortilla making, historic card playing, and much more.

Free

The Partners and Volunteers of Monterey State Historic Park

Monterey State Historic Park 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA

Come explore Monterey State Historic Park on an hour-long guided history walk. We’ll learn the many ways that park partners and volunteers help to enhance our visitors’ experience while strolling past some of California’s most historic sites. Begin at the historic Custom House adjacent to Fishermen’s Wharf, downtown Monterey. Easy walk - approx. 0.5 miles.Type: …

$10.00

Volunteer & Partnership Dune Restoration Day at Carpinteria State Beach

Carpinteria State Beach 205 Palm Ave, Carpinteria, CA

Come join the celebration at Carpinteria State Beach! We would like to thank our volunteers and community partners that make our California State Parks and communities better places. On June 18th from 1 to 3 PM we invite you to meet our local volunteers and partners, celebrate their work and help improve your local state …

Free

Point Sur State Historic Park Volunteer Day

Historic Point Sur Naval Facility 15 miles south of Carmel along Highway 1, Big Sur, CA

Meet at the Point Sur Naval Facility entrance located off Hwy. 1. Learn about the volunteer work being conducted with CA State Parks at the Historic Point Sur Naval Facility. Two-hour, easy-moderate walk; visitors should wear good walking shoes, sun protection, and bring water. Tour proceeds go to the ongoing restoration of this historic park.Type: …

$15.00

The Partners and Volunteers of Monterey State Historic Park

Monterey State Historic Park 20 Custom House Plaza, Monterey, CA

Come explore Monterey State Historic Park on an hour-long guided history walk. We’ll learn the many ways that park partners and volunteers help to enhance our visitors’ experience while strolling past some of California’s most historic sites. Begin at the historic Custom House adjacent to Fishermen’s Wharf, downtown Monterey. Easy walk - approx. 0.5 miles.Type: …

$10.00

Mark Twain’s Lake Tahoe Claim Adventure

Donner Memorial State Park 12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA

Sierra State Parks Foundation, Cooperating Association for Donner Memorial State Park, hosts a monthly Sierra Speaker Series which connects folks to the rich cultural and natural history of the area. Join us on June 18th at Donner Memorial State Park Visitor Center to learn about Mark Twain's history with the Lake Tahoe area! Doors open …

Free

Victims of the Code, Duels and Duelists of Early California

Benicia Capitol SHP 115 West G Street, Benicia, CA

A discussion of dueling in California from 1847 to 1861. Why people dueled, who was dueling, and how one was supposed to fight a duel. Also discuss the legal history of dueling, why it eventually died out, and how to cheat.

Free