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D.L. Bliss State Park
FROM THE BLOG

It’s that time of year again! A time to reflection the last year and give thanks to all the things that make our lives a little better – like California state parks!

Assembly Bill 209 (Limón)

Assembly Bill 209 (Limón) — Parks: environmental education: grant program

Status

Signed by Governor

Our Position

Support

This bill would establish the Outdoor Equity Grants Program to increase the ability of underserved communities to participate in outdoor environmental educational experiences at state parks and other public lands where outdoor environmental education programs take place. 

Position Statement

Parks offer incredible places for play – to explore, gain appreciation for the treasures around them, imagine and peek curiosity. Yet many Californians, especially those from disadvantage communities, do not experience these treasures in their own backyard. This is especially true of the younger generations who are spending more and more time indoors. Research shows that children are spending half as much time outside today as they did 20 years ago accoridng to The Path Ahead report. Couple that with the fact that 40% of U.S. School Districts have eliminated recess, and outdoor education programs and field trips have declined significantly over the years. It is important that California’s youth have the opportunity to have enriched, meaningful experiences in the outdoors, fostering the future generation of empowered park stewards.

Assembly Bill 556 (Carrillo)

Assembly Bill 556 (Carrillo) — Outdoor experiences: community access program: grant program.

Status

Vetoed

Our Position

Support

This bill would require the Natural Resources Agency to develop and implement a community access program focused on engagement programs, technical assistance, or facilities that maximize safe and equitable physical admittance, especially for low-income and disadvantaged communities, to natural or cultural resources, community education programs, or recreational amenities. 

Position Statement

California is home to some of the most unique and world-famous natural resources and state and national parks that draw thousands of tourists annually. Yet many California residents have not experienced these treasures in their own community. Outdoor experiences provide many positive outcomes and benefits. Park experiences are essential for health, happiness and quality of life and by ensuring all youth the opportunity to experience parklands, we foster the next generation of empowered parks stewards who, in return, have an appreciation for the significant benefits of parks.

China Camp State Park (Marin)

Help us with trail maintenance by clearing vegetation, repairing split rail fencing, and staging gravel for future trail work. There is something for everyone! Please note that trail work can be strenuous. Ages 16 and older welcome (minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian). Camping is available for registered volunteers Friday and Saturday nights. To reserve your camping spot, email us at volunteer@calparks.org