Health Benefits of Parks

Mounting research points to the fact that parks and green spaces provide innumerable mental and physical health benefits. These spaces are incredible not just because of their beauty, but because of their clear potential as a public health solution.

During a time of coronavirus (COVID-19) we are social distancing, and access to the outdoors seems more difficult than ever. Just being outside reduces anger, anxiety, and stress. We have put together resources to help you enjoy everything your California state parks offer, while following the CDC’s recommendations on preventing community spread.

Health Benefits of parks

Check out our guides to learn more about the health benefits of parks and how to access these benefits safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus learn more about our Pathways to Parks program!  

Virtually Explore our Parks

Sometimes it also helps to pause and take a moment for yourself. If you need a break right now, flip through some park photos and imagine you’re there – soaking in the sun, swimming in a lake, or just breathing in fresh air amidst redwoods.

You can also help lift the spirits of our community by sharing your favorite state park memory with us on social media. Tag @calparks on Instagram and Twitter, and California State Parks Foundation on Facebook and spread a little love during this uncertain time.