Wildflowers in (super)bloom

Spring came a little early this year and a super bloom is in full effect in a few California state parks! The next few weeks will be prime time to see vibrant blooms across California. We asked some of our supporters to share their favorite state parks to visit during wildflower season!
Pg 7 - Candice Rogers-South Yuba River State Park

 

“I love South Yuba River State Park because it embodies the incredible natural beauty of our amazing state!”
– Candice Rogers

 

 

Pg 7 - Wes Janssen - Anza Borrego

“Having spent some time in many spectacular wild places, my informed favorite California state park is Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The geologic diversity, what I call ‘rock drama’ in the dramatic lighting of early and late daylight; the natural history; the fascinating plant and animal life, so much of it easily observed. Chuckwalla, phainopepla, peninsular desert bighorn, kangaroo rat, ocotillo, beaver tail cactus, glowing back-lighted cholla, rabbits, quail, raptors, desert ironwood, a panoply of fascinations. Visit between early December and the first week of April, of course. It’s the desert.”
– Wes Janssen

Pg 7 - Jim McGowan-Pigeon Point

 

“I love driving down the 1 in the spring and seeing the wildflowers in bloom around Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park. It always makes it feel like summer is right around the corner!”
– Jim McGowan

 

Pg 7 - Michael Stadnick Saddleback Butte State Park

 

“We love Saddleback Butte State Park for its convenient location, beautiful desert scenery including gorgeous spring yellow bloom, the Joshua Trees and unbelievable sun rises and sunsets from the top of the Butte, wildlife (including coyotes, lizards, rabbits, snakes), minimal crowds, nice camping area, and love the nearby Antelope Valley Indian Museum State Historic Park!”
– Michael Stadnick

 

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“The wildflower blooms in Los Angeles State Historic State Park bring beautiful scenes for park visitors to enjoy! Spring just feels like the parks are alive as birds, insects and other wildlife are out in the park enjoying the blooms alongside you.”
– Melissa Potts

 

Have you checked out the superbloom this year? Share your photos with us at @calparks on Twitter and Instagram!

What you can do for national parks during the shutdown

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Yosemite National Park

Like you, we keep up with news about any parks – not just state parks. We’ve seen our national parks in crisis the last few weeks during the government shutdown. The situation is serious: Wildlife picking through bins piled high with trash, latrines overflowing with waste, unfettered off-roading in fragile ecosystems and more.
If you share our concerns, here are some things you can do:

  1.  Contact your U.S. senator and representative and urge them to find an equitable solution to end the shutdown. National parks need funding and support.
  2.  We believe public lands should be open and available to all – but given current conditions, it’s worth re-considering plans until national parks are fully staffed, safe to visit and can more fully be enjoyed. In California our 280 state parks (as well as many other regional and local parks) are open, unaffected and waiting to be enjoyed.
  3.  If you do visit a national park, be prepared to carry out what you carry in, and practice “Leave No Trace” principles to protect plant and animal life. Ask other visitors you meet to do the same.
  4.  When national parks reopen, volunteer your time to clean up and restore areas damaged during the shutdown.

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook as we continue to be the best resource we can for you. Thank you for being such an important part of the parks community.

Get more information about national parks during the government shutdown from National Park Foundation. 


P.S. Did you know that Yosemite used to be a state park? Set aside for public use and preservation as a California state park in 1864, it was designated as a national park in 1890, the third in the United States. Next year, it will celebrate its 130th birthday as a national park!