Your best memories in parks this year

California state parks are great places to make memories. As we approach the end of the year, you might also be thinking back on the best days you spent in parks. Here’s what some of our supporters shared:

Pg 7 - Marshall Gold Discovery

“Gold panning with friends at Marshall Gold Discovery State Park in July. My daughter and her friend were busy putting rocks in each other’s pockets while the dads panned for gold, feldspar and garnets.”

– Johanna Speizer

Pg 7 - Hendy Woods

“Walking through the groves at Hendy Woods State Park this September.”

– Terry Blair

Pg 7 - Jedediah Smith

“Because my dog is getting older and my very real worry of leaving him in the care of any one when the fire danger was so terribly high, I gave up my planned backpacking trip in Yosemite and headed to the Crescent City area where, with my sweet dog along for every early morning drive of Howland Hill Rd., I fell in love with Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.

– Jennifer Schooley

Pg 7 - Montana de Oro

Montaña de Oro State Park was a wonderful discovery for me on our summer road trip. Just beautiful!”

– Betsy Sommerville

Pg 7 - China Camp

“I volunteered to lead a camping trip to China Camp State Park as a sort of an introduction for our 1st grade class. We went down at night to hear frogs, sang campfire songs, wandered eating smores and did a bit of plant identification and discussion. China Camp is a fantastic spot for a lot of children who are not used to camping. Very easy, and if all else fails it is not far from most Bay Area cities if sleeping outside poses too much.

– Instagram user @Fauvescraper

Pg 7 - Crystal Cove

“Taking my kids to Crystal Cove State Park during their summer break and having lunch at the Beachcomber Café.”

– Vangie Obrero

Thank you so much to everyone who shared their memories with us! Want to share your favorite 2018 state park memories? Just tweet to us at @calparks!

Star Wars in State Parks!

If you’re like us, you’re pretty excited for the premier of the new Star Wars movie. If you’re re-watching some of the old films to prepare, pay special attention to the scene in Endor. Or, even easier, take a look at this clip:

 

Look familiar? Kind of like some California redwoods you may know?

In fact, those are California redwoods! Parts of Return of the Jedi were filmed in California state parks. The scenery for the Imperial speeders chase above was filmed in our very own Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park.

Other location scenes were filmed in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and Patrick’s Point State Park.

Pretty cool!

Here are some other Star Wars locations you can experience for yourself from our friends over at Weekend Sherpa. 

Enjoy your Star Wars experience in the theater AND in the parks.