Pathways to Parks | Cal Parks

State parks belong to all Californians, and it’s up to us to break down barriers and build stronger accessibility to parks. The reality is that too many Californians, especially those from disadvantaged communities, are not afforded the opportunity to experience the wonders in their own backyard. We believe that equitable access to the benefits state parks provide is a right for all Californians – especially youth, who should be able to access state parks as incredible playgrounds and places to explore, learn, grow, and improve their overall wellness.

Additionally, the future of our unparalleled state parks system is at risk. We know that our state parks are only as strong as the people who care for them and protect them from real and potential threats. Current state park visitors are incredible champions today, but we must work to ensure that we foster tomorrow’s champions by increasing state park access for youth and their families.

In response to these issues, we launched Pathways to Parks, a campaign that will introduce and advocate for solutions that increase equitable access to the outdoors. 

Pathways to parks

Pathways to Parks Timeline

An initiative to increase equitable access to California’s state parks.


It’s here: The California State Park Adventure Pass

Learn more about how Pathways to Parks helped create the California State Park Adventure Pass. 


California State Library Parks Pass

California State Parks and the California State Library have teamed up to improve outdoor access for all Californians. 

Kids reading in the park


Give now to our equitable access work. 



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