Kids in Parks

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Get outside and have fun exploring nature, whether it's in a state park, your community park, or even your own backyard or neighborhood. There's lots to see and do out there, so check out these fun ideas.  Bet you'll be surprised by what you find!

Junior Rangers
Find out how you can become a junior ranger! There are special prizes to reward you for discovering the fun in many of California's state parks! We now offer a Junior Ranger Adventure Guide that you can print out.
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The Litter-Getter Program will keep you earning prizes throughout your visits to California State Parks, and at the same time you'll be helping protect our wildlife. You'll be helping to keep the parks clean, while learning about how you can make a difference.

Junior Lifeguards
Want to become a California State Parks Junior Lifeguard? Or maybe you just want to learn more about being safe and having fun in the water. Or explore the history of the lifeguards that work in our state parks. You can find all of this and more by following the link below.
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Download activity pages and have fun! California State Parks Online Adventures teach you about state parks while doing things you enjoy. Click on the link below to start your journey.

Get to Know Contest

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Calling youth in California: it's time to get outdoors and get to know your wild neighbors!  

Submit your nature inspired art, writing, photography, video or music to the 2014 Get to Know Contest for a chance to win wild prizes, including art supplies packages, digital cameras, wildlife magazine subscriptions and your work published in the annual contest calendar. 

Whether your inspiration comes from a single tree in your backyard or the iconic landscapes of your state parks, this is your opportunity get outdoors and get creative. Enter today at

Hey Parents!

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Want ideas for getting your kids out in nature, having fun and learning a lot at the same time?  Then check out our Children in Nature program webpage for useful information and links.

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North Coast Redwoods District with partners Humboldt County Office of Education have created Redwood EdVentures Quests (treasure hunts with rhyming clues) in 6 State Parks.

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Hey Kids,
Take the discovery challenge!
Try these 10 amazing, inspiring and fun things do in State and County parks in Sonoma County.