First Annual California State Parks Week Begins Today: What You Should Know

The first annual California State Parks Week has officially kicked off and will run through Saturday, June 18. Each day has a different theme with a host of free, all-day events to celebrate California’s 279 state parks.

“The parks encompass not only the state’s most iconic landscapes, but also the diversity of our people, cultural experiences and moments of joy found along thousands of miles of trails,” said Sam Hodder, president and CEO. Save the Redwoods League executive. in a press release.

See below how California parks are celebrating and how you can get involved by participating in free events throughout the week.

Tuesday, June 14: Land Reconnaissance Day

California State Parks Week kicks off Tuesday with Land Recognition Day. This day will honor and celebrate the indigenous voices and stories of Native American lands. Some events taking place today include Chumash Culture Day and a Native American basket weaving class. See the full list of events for Tuesday.

Wednesday, June 15: Children’s Race Day

On Wednesday, the theme is Children’s Career Day. Children and families are invited to explore the jobs that people do to keep parks running smoothly. Some events on this day are Hearst Castle Careers and My Fun Future in the Outdoors. Here is a full list of Wednesday’s events.

Thursday June 16: Health and Wellness Day

Thursday has been designated a Health and Wellness Day, where you can explore nearby parks and learn about activities and events that will inspire you. You can take part in the Guided Lava Bluffs Trail Hike event or try Nature Journaling for Mental Health. See the full list of events taking place on Thursday.

Friday June 17: Co-responsibility Day

Stewardship Day is the theme for Friday, and you can learn about land and habitat management activities involving plants and animals in the parks. Join events like visiting the Butterfly Garden and attending Environmental Impacts of Mining and Modern Solutions. Find more events here.

Saturday June 18: Association Day and Volunteer Day

The last day of California State Parks Week has two themes: Partnership Day and Volunteer Day. You can learn how businesses, nonprofits, and others play a role in managing the California State Park System. To get involved, you can join events like Leo Carrillo Trail Maintenance and Half Moon Bay Volunteer Habitat Restoration. Here are all the events on Saturday.

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