Take a Note …

Thinking of holiday gifts to give your loved ones?  Here’s a fun idea … CSPF is currently offering a set of 10 gorgeous note cards featuring photos from California state parks in our online store. The coolest part is that each photo was taken by a contestant in our state parks photo contest.


You could give the set as a gift or use them to write notes to your friends and family. The note cards are blank on the inside, making them perfect for any sentiment.The 10 note cards and 10 envelopes are just $6.99 + tax! 

Here are the awesome photographers who contributed to this photo set:

Thanks as always to our awesome contest participants who generously share their photos with CSPF!

King Tides in California

Some of the largest tides of the year are due to start washing up on our beaches tomorrow (Wednesday) through Friday … the King Tides.

They will cover beaches and wash up on docks and marinas, with waves peaking at close to 7 feet.

Photo by Mark Dodge

Photo by Mark Dodge

But don’t worry … these tides are not the result of global climate change. King tides are perfectly normal and occur at least once a year. They are a result of the position of the moon and sun, according to the Weather Service.

One group, The California King Tides Initiative, encourages members of the public to document the tides that occur along the coast. These photographs help to show the impact of rising waters on the California coast.  Find out more about submitting photos here: http://www.californiakingtides.org/, but remember to be safe!

Recommended sites for viewing or photographing tides include:

  • Marina State Beach
  • Monterey State Beach
  • McWay Falls at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
  • Andrew Molera State Beach
  • Garrapata State Beach
  • Pfeiffer State Beach

If you miss it this week, King Tides will also occur January 9-11 and February 7-9. Will you be checking out the tides this week?