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California State Parks, First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom and the Natural Resources Agency today announced the opportunity for fourth graders to apply for a free California State Parks Adventure Pass. Effective today, they can apply for the pass that will give them the opportunity to explore 19 select state parks free for a full year.

“The California State Park Adventure Pass is an incredible new program that will help promote a healthier, more equitable California for all—a California where every child has the opportunity to explore, learn and benefit from our state’s natural wonders,” said First Partner Jennifer Siebel Newsom.

Championed by the First Partner, whose California for All Kids initiatives support children’s physical, mental and social-emotional well-being, the California State Park Adventure Pass Program expands the opportunity for fourth graders and their families to enjoy the benefits of connecting with nature, with each other and with their communities.

Applying for the free pass online is simple. All that is needed is a name, address, phone number and an email address. For individuals who do not have access to a smartphone, computer or printer, and/or do not have an email address to use when applying online, they can still apply for a pass by visiting a State Parks Pass Sales Office—click here for a list of locations—or by calling (800) 444-7275.

For detailed information on the program and the list of participating park units, please visit parks.ca.gov/AdventurePass

Assembly Bill 148, signed by Governor Newsom in July, established the California State Park Adventure Pass Program, a three-year pilot program that waives day-use entrance fees to 19 state parks for fourth graders and their families for a full year. Earlier this year, the governor also signed Senate Bill 129, legislation that includes $5.6 million to fund the new Pass program.  

When determining which park units would be selected to participate in the pilot program, State Parks reviewed several factors including a diverse list of park units that span the state geographically. By spreading the park units throughout the state, the department will be able to maximize participation by limiting the distance that would need to be travelled to the nearest participating park. State Parks was also mindful of including a diverse collection of park units in terms of park features. The final list includes beaches, museums, redwoods, off-highway vehicle recreation, hiking trails and important cultural history. 

The State of California believes in the right of all Californians to have access to recreational opportunities and enjoy the cultural, historic and natural resources found across the state. Too many Californians cannot access the state’s parks, beaches and outdoor spaces, nor the state’s array of museums and cultural and historical sites. Given this, the California Natural Resources Agency and California State Parks are prioritizing efforts to expand all Californians’ access to park, open space, nature and cultural amenities. This priority requires reshaping funding and programs to expand opportunities to enjoy these places. Doing so advances Governor Gavin Newsom’s strong personal commitment to building a “California for All.”

California State Park Adventure Pass Locations

Gives fourth graders and their families in the state a free pass to access 19 state parks for a full year.

RegionPark Unit
SouthernCaliforniaSilver Strand State Beach (Coronado)
SouthernCalifornia DesertAnza-Borrego Desert State Park (Nearest cities – Borrego Springs and Julian)Cuyamaca Rancho State Park (Julian)
Inland EmpireCalifornia Citrus State Historic Park (Riverside)Chino Hills State Park (Chino Hills)
Central CoastMorro Bay State Park Museum of Natural History   (Morro Bay)Seacliff State Beach (Santa Cruz)
Central ValleyMillerton Lake State Recreation Area (Fresno)Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park (Earlimart)
SacramentoCalifornia State Railroad Museum (Sacramento)
Northern ButtesClear Lake State Park (Kelseyville)
SierraEmpire Mine State Historic Park (Grass Valley)
Central SierraCalaveras Big Trees State Park (Arnold)
North Coast RedwoodJedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (Crescent City)Patrick’s Point State Park (Trinidad)
Sonoma-MendocinoHendy Woods State Park (nearest city – Philo)
Bay AreaJack London State Historic Park (Glen Ellen)Samuel P. Taylor State Park (Lagunitas)Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area (Gabilan Mountains, an hour drive from San Jose)