California State Parks

Mission Statement

“To provide for the health, inspiration and education of the people of California by helping to preserve the state’s extraordinary biological diversity, protecting its most valued natural and cultural resources, and creating opportunities for high-quality outdoor recreation.”


Beginning in 1864, California started preserving its natural and cultural resources.

The Yosemite Grant of 1864 gave control of 20,000 acres of land in Yosemite Valley and Mariposa Grove to California. Though the land was returned to the federal government in 1906 and is now a part of Yosemite National Park, it was the beginning of a great conservation movement in California.

In 1902, Big Basin Redwoods State Park became the first California state park under the current system. Today, California State Parks manages 280 units ranging from historical sites to wilderness areas.

All of this information and more can be found on the California State Parks website.

To support your parks, please visit the California State Parks Foundation.

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