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Ask the Naturalist: Shady Bay Area Hikes?

September 19, 2014 by Bay Nature Staff

Where to find some shady hikes in our state parks on sunny fall days? Guest naturalist - and BN publisher David Loeb - had some suggestions.


Are California state parks stuck in a 1950s business mentality?

July 29, 2013 by Dhyana Levey

California State Parks is grappling with modern funding problems as it strains for cash while its staffing, recreation and maintenance needs grow.


Threatened with closure, Anderson Marsh gains new lease on life

June 27, 2013 by Christine Sculati

Most rural California state parks have languished in obscurity, but Anderson Marsh has been buoyed by those who value its history.


Who can resist a California state park when dinner and dancing is involved?

June 24, 2013 by Dhyana Levey

Santa Cruz state parks supporters are using a bit of marketing and PR to attract new park-goers and raise money.

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Can off-roading and nature coexist?

October 15, 2012 by Alison Hawkes

In the hills west of Livermore, off-roaders are hoping to expand their range into an area that land preservationists say is sensitive natural habitat.


San Mateo Coast Natural History Association

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The San Mateo Coast Natural History Association (SMCNHA) was created in December 1990 to further the educational and interpretative initiatives of the California State Parks along the San Mateo Coast.

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California State Parks

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

State parks located across California.

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California State Parks Foundation

July 20, 2012 by Bay Nature

The California State Parks Foundation is the only statewide non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, enhancing, and advocating for California's state parks.

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The Parks and the People

April 01, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

Some 70 state parks were scheduled to be closed on July 1, 2012. But determined action by park-loving citizens around the state has succeeded in getting some parks removed from that list and has opened a discussion of the relationship between public parks and the people they serve. We visit four parks around the state to see what the future might hold for our beloved, but beleaguered, state parks.

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Solutions for some state parks on closure list

March 23, 2012 by Joan Hamilton

In its haste to eliminate $22 million from its budget, the California parks department took aim at 70 state parks, one-quarter of the system. The strategy: sacrifice a few to save the many. But as citizens got involved to keep their favorite parks from closing, some interesting scenarios have been revealed. Some parks only needed a small shot in the arm, easily given with some simple revenue-generating schemes. Cut first, think later seemed to be the way state officials proceeded in the dark hours of budget cuts.

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