California’s State Parks: Recreation for Everyone

California’s richly diverse state parks give us all the chance to step back from our frenzied modern lives to refresh and restore ourselves in some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Henry Coe State Park is one such park that offers a spectacular recreational playground for people of all ages. With its vast and rugged landscape stretching across 90,000 acres, it is the second-largest state park in CA. A park so close to large metropolitan areas, one can escape to Henry Coe for horseback riding, mountain biking, exploring trails, hiking, connecting with nature and more.

Henry Coe is one of 70 California state parks on the park closure list. Though it will be kept open for now with a temporary operating agreement, it and 69 other parks are threatened to be lost to Californians for good.

To learn more about how you can help save California state parks like Henry Coe, visit

This video is part of The Magnificent 70 project. See more at

Produced by Doug McConnell and Convergence Media. Music by Jenny Lloyd.


Earth Day Volunteer Photo Gallery

Thank you to all the volunteers who came out to work in 19 state parks across the state on Saturday, April 14 for our Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup. Here are some highlights of the day!

Attend the Exclusive “California Forever” Premiere

California ForeverThe time has come! It’s the premiere of “California Forever: The Story of California State Parks” by Backcountry Pictures. This two-part, feature-length film highlights the history of California State Parks through an inspiring account of the struggles and achievements that built our State Park system. Part One is Priceless Legacy, Part Two is Parks for the Future. Preview a clip here.

This amazing film will air on PBS this fall, but you don’t have to wait to see it. Rather, you can attend the exclusive premiere of the film on April 24!

 “California Forever: The story of California State Parks”
Film Premiere Event
Tuesday, April 24 at Heart Castle Theater
6 p.m.: Wine reception featuring noted landscape artist Robert Reynolds
7 p.m.: Film Screening
Q&A with filmmakers and CSPF President to follow

Deadline for purchasing tickets online is April 18. Tickets purchased online will be mailed to you. Deadline for purchasing tickets at the Museum is April 20. No tickets available at door. Bus service available from the Museum of Natural History, Morro Bay, at 5 p.m.

Purchase tickets online. For more information about this and other state park films, please visit our website. Hope to see you there!

Volunteers needed! Can you help?

We need more volunteers for our 15th annual Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup on Saturday, April 14. It’s a fun day spent outdoors in your local state park doing large-scale improvements and renovations like trail maintenance, repairs, campground restoration and more. What better way to spend Earth Day than outside helping your state parks?

Registration is still open for the following locations:

  • Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park (Napa County)
  • Dockweiler State Beach (Los Angeles County)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline (Alameda County)
  • Millerton Lake State Recreation Area (Fresno County)
  • Montaña de Oro State Park (San Luis Obispo County)
  • Patrick’s Point State Park (Humboldt County)
  • Rio de Los Angeles State Park (Los Angeles County)
  • San Onofre State Beach (Orange County)
  • Sonoma Coast State Beach (Sonoma County)

To register as a volunteer, please visit our website. Pre-registration allows us to plan for tools, materials and refreshments. Groups of 10 may sign up under one name. Will we see you there?


Join us for a Special Screening of ‘The First 70’

You’ve heard us talk about them before, the young filmmakers of Heath Hen Films who heard about the park closures, grabbed their cameras and set out to film all 70 of the state parks before they close.  Their travels have been tightly packed into an amazing 28-minute documentary titled “The First 70.”

If you live in the Bay Area, please join us for a screening of the film at Sports Basement in the Presidio on Sunday, April 22 at 5 p.m. What better way to spend Earth Day?

Event details and tickets are available here: