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Our ParkStores and the online ParkStore are temporarily closed.


State Parks programs have been suspended indefinitely.


Registration for 2020/21 Kids2Parks field trips opens April 6.


All State Parks campgrounds are currently closed.


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Yesterday many state parks once again experienced visitation surges that made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social distancing practices. As such, #CAStateParks has closed vehicular traffic to ALL 280 state parks.
Currently, the Wilder Ranch parking lot and Interpretive Center are closed. For more information about closures and social/physical distancing resources, please find the press release on our website 👆in bio👆or visit www.parks.ca.gov/FlattenTheCurve
Reminder that if you go outside to enjoy some fresh air, maintain that 6 foot <———> social distance from others. The farther apart we stay, the closer we are to #flattenthecurve of the #coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for doing your part. 🙌
#loveyourparks6feetapart #keepparkssafe #wilderranchstatepark #wilderranch #santacruz #montereybay #thatsmypark

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🚨 ⚠️ ‼️ @castateparks is temporarily closing vehicle access at all 280 state parks to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Parks and beaches are open for walk- and bike-in access only.
On Saturday, many state parks once again experienced visitation surges that made it impossible for the public to implement appropriate social/ physical distancing practices. During this pandemic disease, every person has a role to play in slowing down the spread of COVID-19. Protecting individuals, families and communities comes down to common sense.

As such, the public is reminded to adhere to the following guidance:
✔️ Stay home if you are sick.
✔️ Stay close to home when you get outdoors. This is not the time for a road trip to a destination park or beach.
✔️ Venture out only with people in your immediate household.
✔️ Walk around the neighborhood and enjoy neighborhood parks.
✔️ Always maintain a physical distance of 6 feet or more when recreating in the outdoors. If you cannot maintain physical distancing, leave the park.
✔️ Do not congregate in parks.
#thatsmypark #flattenthecurve #socialdistancing

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Attention teachers! Registration for Kids2Parks, park-equity program to bring students from Title 1 schools on State Parks field trips, opens April 6 and runs through May 22. Check our website to find out if your class is eligible for a free field trip and learn how to apply! Field trips will be scheduled during the 2020/21 school year. #kids2parks #fieldtrip #stateparks #thatsmypark ...

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Wanna see inside? Visit the Wilder Ranch Facebook page (Sun 3/29) at 1pm & 3pm for livestream tours!
#wilderranch #wilderranchstatepark #livestream #tour #virtualtour #historicbuilding #crafts #thingstodowithkids #socialdistancing #santacruz #castateparks #thatsmypark

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